My Dad bought me my first type writer when I was about 14! It was yellow in a portable case! Is that showing my age!! Moving onto computers I guess those typing skills stood me well - just needed to add the IT knowledge. Studying has always been part of my life which has now evolved into writing. I have a strong interest in language and cultural difference with a good grasp of Thai and although I have studied Korean at Yonsei University in Seoul, my Korean isn't so proficient!
I live in the most southern part of Australia's mainland on a property with my husband and often two children when they are not working or travelling overseas. I work with new arrivals to Australia and believe that cultural understanding is important no matter how remote our lives are from cultural difference. I advocate for peace in Burma where persecuted minorities continue to struggle for a safe existence.
When I am not writing I love the outdoors, travelling often and crochet! I am currently researching and preparing my next novel.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Regional Victoria was my childhood where my father ran a Pharmacy in a small farming community. My parents travelled as long as I can remember and this filled our dinner conversations around culture and language. Growing up in a monocultural environment meant we had to make great effort to experience other cultures. Therefore living overseas at a young age and travelling frequently has influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
My father bought me my first typewriter when I was about fourteen. I wrote a lot of poetry then and mostly short stories. I can remember writing my first journal (which I still have) when I was eight on a family holiday to central Australia.
Lek Jaipong’s family is surrounded by violence, much of it emanating from the background of human trafficking carried out across central Thailand. When she marries David, an Australian engineer from Warrnambool, her life changes forever. But she can never escape the memories. Haunted by her past, Lek eventually makes a choice about her future.