Susan Parisi is a dual Canadian-Australian citizen, who lives in Sydney Australia. As a teenager she moved to Australia with her family because her father was on the run from the law. Clearly the black sheep of the family, she went on to complete postgraduate studies in psychology and get an honest job. Susan had painted and sketched from an early age but a spine-chilling nightmare provided the catalyst to put aside the paintbrush for the pen. Her first novel, Blood of Dreams, a story of opium, obsession and murder in 18^th century Venice, is the result.