I was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and have also lived in the US, the UK and Thailand. My professional interests are in writing, reading and media, while my main hobby is painting. I’ve had two books published: The Occidentals (as Caron Eastgate James), a novel set in 19th-century Thailand, and Imagining Siam: A Travellers’ Literary Guide to Thailand, a non-fiction history. I worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, in New Zealand, Australia and Thailand, writing mostly on entertainment, books and travel for newspapers and magazines. Since graduating with a PhD in literary studies in 2007, I’ve been working as a university lecturer, mostly in media studies. I’m currently working on my next novel.