The Daughters of Henry Wong

Money, power, passion and betrayal.  Fresh from Harvard, Jonathan “Wendy” Lee had the good fortune of meeting and marrying Amanda Wong, daughter of the rich and powerful Henry Wong, the most influential banker in Hong Kong. Known as an eccentric figure within the affluent clubs of Hong Kong’s high society, Wendy spends idle days impeccably[…]

Sex: a serious subject that calls for a light touch

Talking about sex makes many people nervous. There must be some evolutionary reason for this. Writing about sex means walking in a mine-field of self-disclosure. Achieving the right tone is important. It’s a serious subject that calls for a light touch. These are my views from the Melbourne Writer’s Festival 2015. I spent twenty years[…]

On Being Surprised

I recently talked about my process for creating characters and getting words down on the page in the right style and order at the Sydney Writers Festival. While it’s important for any form of fiction, if you want to write erotic fiction, and I recommend it if you wake in the night worrying about stuff, the trick is[…]

Why bankers should write novels

Writing novels will teach you that there has to be a story. We humans are programmed to want one. It is how we organise reality. If you make your living lending money or trading bonds or writing insurance you care about remote but plausible contingencies. To a novelist, remote but plausible contingencies are plots. This[…]