ELIZABETH MCLEAN moved from Warsaw to Toronto in 1962, and earned an M.A. from the Carleton School of International Affairs in Ottawa and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. For over two decades she wrote strategic- planning and policy documents for government departments on issues of federal- provincial relations and Canada’s foreign policy. From 2005 to 2011 she lived in Hanoi, where she taught at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and co-edited an anthology of short stories by Canadian women writers published in Vietnamese. Her book of historical fiction, Imagining Vietnam, won the 2011 Impress Prize for New Writers, sponsored by Exeter University in the UK. It will be published by Impress Press in September 2012. She is at work on a novel based on the lives of two Vietnamese queens who died in 43 AD.