Variety has been a way of life for Michelle Wan. She was born in China, grew up in India and the United States, has lived in France, Brazil and England, but calls Guelph, Ontario, home. She has a degree in Anthropology from Stanford University and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Guelph. She has been a tennis coach and an ESL instructor. She has worked in international higher education, program evaluation, and addictions recovery assessment. Writing, however, is and always has been her first love. Her enthusiasms include travel, food of all flavours, good books, hiking, dogs, orchids, and people wherever and however they come into her life. She and her tropical horticulturist husband, Tim, go to France every spring to photograph the wild orchids that grow there and that gave rise to her Death in the Dordogne series of murder mysteries—Deadly Slipper, The Orchid Shroud, A Twist of Orchids, and her latest, Kill For An Orchid. In addition to Canada her books have been published in the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland and Japan.