JK (Yurek) Kulski was born in 1947 in Flensburg, Germany of Polish and Russian parents. He lived and studied in Australia in his formative years, worked and travelled widely - surviving the jungles of Borneo, Madagascar, India, Europe, the USA and Japan. He has a B Sc (Hons) and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia. He has worked and published extensively in medical and biological research in the fields of lactation, virology, cancer, microbiology, genetics, genomics and immunology, and has been a staff and freelance researcher at a number of universities and institutes in Australia, the USA and Japan. Married with two sons and two grandchildren he is now comfortably retired with adjunct professorships in Western Australia and Japan. China Heist is his first novel.