Silvia Kwon was born in Seoul, South Korea. She came to Australia at the age of nine with her family and grew up in Perth. After studying art history at the University of Western Australia, she worked in community arts before deciding to move to Melbourne to pursue a career in publishing. She has worked at Oxford University Press, Black Inc and Coulomb Communications, a small non-fiction publishing outfit, which she founded with a friend. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and son. THE RETURN is Silvia's first novel. She is currently working on her next book.