I was born and raised on the west coast of Canada and spent my formative years training in the performing arts. After high school I spent two years overseas, studying Thai language and culture in Bangkok, and Javanese art and culture in Surakarta. Upon my return to Canada, I completed my undergraduate degree, studied Broadcast Journalism, obtained a law degree, and practised as associate counsel in the Legal Research group of a prominent Canadian law firm.
The idea of writing a story based upon the wayang kulit (shadow play) came to me many years ago. Out of the chaos that is life with small children, I found an opportunity to immerse myself in the study of wayang lore. Given my experiences in Asia, my familiarity with Bahasa Indonesia (the lingua franca of multilingual Indonesia), and my love of the wayang, The Dead Wind is a story I was well-positioned to create through a process that involved equal parts intensive research and lucid dreaming.