Nima Lee was born in China and lived there for thirty years before moving to the UK. As one of the first contingent of postgraduate students to go to university when they re-opened at the end of the Cultural Revolution, she studied Applied Mathematics and became the forth woman in China to be awarded a Ph.D.. She continued her academic career at universities in both the UK and the US for a decade before working in industry in mathematical modelling and software development. Passionate about writing from a young age, she was originally influenced by her mother, an early revolutionary and a chief editor of a national Chinese newspaper, who vehemently opposed her having a career in writing, instead encouraging her to study the sciences, and avoid the political trauma that so many literary intellectuals, including her mother, had suffered. Not content with having one successful career, she remains driven by her passion for literature, and delights in the depth and subtlety of the English language, despite the challenge of writing in a second language. She now lives in the UK permanently with her British husband, a company director. They have a grown up daughter, with a passion for the arts, who studies Physics at University.