Colleen Poulter grew up in the turbulent 1970s in a poor ethnic working class suburban neighborhood, one of seven children born within a penniless immigrant family. Her parents were postwar migrants who arrived in New Zealand as children, in debt, fleeing occupation, destitution and civil anarchy in mainland China.
Colleen started reading, writing and drawing at a very young age. Although she was artistically and musically inclined, her parents were unable to afford lessons. At age nine she caught the attention of an ex-concert pianist and received free classical piano tutoring, but stopped playing after her teacher’s death some years later. Writing and visual arts would take a much longer road to fruition.
Her early professional career was in broadcasting, radio and television. By twenty-nine she held a senior executive management position, running a business unit within a major telecommunications corporation, accountable for a revenue stream in excess of $60 million.
She relocated to Australia in 1999 recruited into another senior executive management role.
Today, she lives with her family in New South Wales, Australia, and is self-employed as an IT consultant.
In addition to writing, she is a visual artist painting in oils and acrylics. In 2006 the Royal Art Society of NSW presented her with an award for her drawing.
The Wong Way to Marry is the first in a series of novels providing insightful social and historical commentary.