Anna Maria Elisa Manalo is a freelance screenwriter, amateur travel photographer, paranormal researcher and former field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network. She starred under the name “Elisa Simon” in episode two of the pilot Discovery Channel’s “UFO’s Over Earth” in 2008 and has been a guest in Rick Scouler’s Topic: UFO radio show. She has been a school counselor for over 20 years.

Elisa’s first screenplay, “The Tulpa Effect” ranked #6 in the TOP TEN horror/thriller category of Script Vamp’s Dream Quest Screenplay Competition of 2012. The same screenplay was also a Quarter Finalist at the 2011 Page International Screenwriting Awards of 2011 and earned Third Round Finalist at AAA Screenwriting contest in the same year. This screenplay has been retitled “FROM WITHIN ME”.

Elisa recently became a October/December Finalist at The Writers’ Place Screenplay Competition for her science fiction horror script, “Anomaly“.

In 2013, Fade-In Awards placed her science fiction action adventure script, “Uncharted Darkness” as a Quarter Finalist.

Under Tango Road“, a supernatural suspense thriller received a Creative World Awards judge’s critique in the “Strongly Consider” category for its “powerful use of subtext” and “effective handling of difficult subject matter.”

A trained school counselor by day, Anna’s stories are based on her extensive life experiences in the realm of the paranormal both locally and abroad,  as well as from interviews garnered as a former MUFON field investigator.

A  culinary and holistic healing enthusiast, Elisa lives with her husband and two dogs, Fox Mulder and Rosanna Isabella in a small cozy hideaway in the hills of Pennsylvania.

GENRES:  Grounded Science Fiction, Elevated Supernatural thrillers, Drama and Action Adventure.

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