She was born in 1980 in Hong Kong and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. As a child she read a lot of manga and watched a lot of anime, which was as popular in Hong Kong then as it is now. This bred in her a love of the medium from an early age.
After high school she enrolled in a 4-year Information Systems degree program—but the workload wasn't heavy, so she started drawing manga on the side. Still, she never considered it as a career until 2002, when she graduated right at the nadir of the dot-com bust and no companies were hiring. Her "big break" came in 2004, when TOKYOPOP began accepting international artists.