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 and law degrees, and practised as associate counsel in the Legal Research group of a prominent Canadian law firm.
The time I spent in Asia was an invaluable and profoundly edifying life experience. My novel The Colour of Shadows was inspired, in part, by the Javanese wayang kulit (shadow play), an art form that celebrates not only contrasts–good versus evil, female versus male, nobility versus servility–but moral ambiguity. Javanese dalang (puppeteers) are renowned for artfully conveying the nuances of abstract concepts such as justice and vengeance. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect setting for a story about a culture-shocked tourist than Java, and in keeping with the spirit of the wayang, I have attempted to convey the nuances of the morally ambiguous subjects and themes with which my story is concerned.