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Mei-Ling Dempster grew up in Penang, a little island off the coast of West Malaysia, opposite a cemetery where pretty much every Saturday morning was spent watching lively funeral processions clanging their way past the house (beats morning telly any day).
Colourful caskets, deafening drums, clashing cymbals and trails of mourners bawling with gusto had inadvertently seeded the beginnings of bigger questions in life and the ponderence of the ultimate nature of reality.
She is presently writing the sequel to her debut novel, trying to not conspicuously take notes every time her daughter gets up to no good.
A practising Buddhist, Mei lives in London with her husband and daughter Lily.