Recently returned to her hometown of Chico, California to teach English at Butte Glenn Community College, this full circle first took her to seven cities in three other countries (with visits to 25 more in between), solidifying her love of history and wonder. Since she could write, Lia created poems and stories for anyone who would read them (and accept them as sufficient presents-sorry, family). A dual love of reading and writing has always been a large part of her life. She recently completed a historical novel tentatively titled The Beauty Still Left. Lia has a BA in Literature/Writing from the University of California – San Diego, an MA in English from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College, and a PhD in English from Royal Holloway University of London, focusing on Holocaust Literature.