Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Home page: http://www.sanchona.com
"A Family of Strangers" can be categorised as Women's fiction, Mainstream fiction, Historical fiction, and Historical Family Saga.
Born in Malaysia, Sanchona has a B.A.(History,Hons - University of Malaya 1968) and a M.Comm (MIS - University of New South Wales 1991).
She has worked as a teacher, teaching English and History at high school level.
She was a secretary to CEOs of various companies, and through these CEOs have experience in the sugar industry from planting to milling, in the banking, ship-building, finance, hospitality, insurance, fishing, construction, timber milling and sand-mining industries.
In her family's private maternity hospital, she was a director managing the non-medical staff and was in charge of the accounting department.
After receiving her post-graduate degree, she went into partnership with a friend to buy and operate a busy Asian supermarket in Sydney.
She has always been a voracious reader, and in absolute ignorance, thought she could write as well as any published writer. She decided to write a novel about the Chinese in Australia during the gold rush of the 1850s, but as a history graduate, she got lost in research, going backwards in time to the 1780s, and extending the research geographically to cover the history of the United Kingdowm, Europe, Australia, China and the United States of America. Her novel became so unwieldy, she has since divided it up into sequels.
Upon joining an online writer's workshop she quickly discovered she knew next to nothing about the technical aspects of writing a novel, but she gradually learned from the fellow writers in the workshop. She is now hopeful her first novel, which covers the period 1793-1802 will be well-received so she will get to tell her story of the Chinese in Australia in the 1850s.
Interests: Reading, reading and reading
Published writer: Yes