I was born in Naples, Italy of Hungarian parents who emigrated to Australia when I was a baby. I was educated in the western suburbs of Sydney then moved to the inner city. I lived in Malaya with my parents as a teenager for two years, and began my adult travels with a trip to Bali in the late 1970s.
I began publishing short prose fiction in small-press and then main-stream anthologies in the early 1980s. My first novel Between Careers was published in 1989 although it had been completed years earlier.