In 2012 my husband, son and I visited Cambodia for the first time to meet my husbands extended family. This book is dedicated to them, and his parents who had to endure the Khmer Rouge and life in refugee camps until finally being sponsored to come to New Zealand. I wrote their story because I want my children to know and to remember what happened. To remember and honour those who did and did not survive, and so that we may also prevent such an event from happening again.
As a music and English teacher, I’ve always loved hearing stories, reading stories and now writing stories. I was inspired to write by my mother, who also writers, and by my excursions overseas. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Lived in the city until I was nine, when I moved away from every thing I’d known, to live in a small town called Paeroa. It was there that I grew to love the countryside, the pot belly fire place, my ‘Anne of Green Gables’ home. My mother home schooled my three brothers, sister and I until high school, which made us a close knit family. After graduating from Waikato University, we had all moved over to live in the suburbs of Hamilton. Soon after I got married and moved to South Korea. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m on my new adventure of writing and self publishing books. My husband, Saveth, and I now are back in NZ and raising our son, Ezra. Saveth has been exceptionally supportive and Ezra has been a big inspiration for my writing.