Chiara Colombi never knew she wanted to be a writer. She was quite confident she would grow up to be an astronaut. In fact, she is still quite confident that she will grow up to be an astronaut. But in the meantime, she enjoys counting her lucky stars and finding words for the countless stories they inspire. She currently lives in California with her family and an open view of the sky.
Chiara Colombi is the author of Rocket Ship, Solo Trip, illustrated by Scott Magoon. An Italian-American bilingual wordsmith dedicated to the art of engineering with words, she worked for a decade as a translator before pivoting into product marketing at a Silicon Valley startup in the data privacy space. She is as comfortable talking about PII (personally identifiable information) as she is talking about PBs (picture books), though she'd love it if you asked her about Jupiter's moons. She currently lives in California with her family and an open view of the sky.
Looking for more stories? Below is a collection of interviews, articles, podcasts, and webinars in which I was lucky enough to be featured, including from outside the writing world...
Listen to me nerd out on data synthesis, data privacy, and why software developers shouldn't be using real data to build and test the apps that we all use every day. It's super interesting, I promise!
I share my querying journey that landed me my (first) agent, on fellow kidlit author Kailei Pew's blog. Lots of details around my numbers, timeline, and process.