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Costantia Manoli's Biography 

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Costantia Manoli was born in the United Kingdom to Cypriot parents and spent the picture book period of her life in London contending with a name that even she has difficulty pronouncing in English! She spent her middle grade and young adult years in Cyprus and then the USA, the UK and back round again.

Costantia has worked with art, literature and young people in various professional guises; teacher, pastoral advisor and conflict resolution facilitator, and with a number of professional and educational organizations such as Fulbright, Amideast, Critical Mass Leadership Education and Bold Leaders. She is a Fulbright Scholar twice over, receiving scholarships as an undergraduate student and as an FLTA at Stanford University. She recently won the inaugural SCBWI Stephen Fraser Encouragement Award and in 2023 was nominated for the Ezra Jack Keats Writer Award. 

She now lives amid almond and olive trees on the outskirts of a hot, dusty Cypriot village; the Green Line and buffer zone checkpoints clearly visible from her kitchen windows. Her two young daughters, English hubby, lioness-dog Luna and hyperactive doggo Woody keep her busy and are an endless source of story ideas, new characters and constant interruptions.

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