Born and raised in multicultural Hong Kong, Alice Poon developed at a young age a passion for Chinese History that began with reading Jin Yong's wuxia fantasy novels, all set in China's imperial past. That passion, along with her love of French and Russian realist literature, has influenced her creating writing. She has cherished a dream of bringing outstanding but unsung Chinese women of the past to the page. The Green Phoenix is about a witty Qing Empress and Tales of Ming Courtesans is about three tenacious courtesans. Maybe a few fantastical and mythic twists would be in order for her next story about another similarly interesting woman!