I first became interested in Buddhism through books, and then through attending the Sydney Zen Centre. Since a retreat in Nepal to Kopan Monastery in 1998 my focus has been on Tibetan Buddhism. I am an avid reader on the subject but an erratic practitioner. While my heart lies with FPMT (Lama Zopa's Federation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) I am not a member of any group. I find I need the distance to think through (and write about) issues surrounding Buddhism. My second novel, Dharma is a Girl's Best Friend, is about a woman who became a Buddhist nun in the late '60s so my current focus is doing research that allows me to write about her life - which means Tibetan Buddhism in India and Nepal in the late Sixties.