Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Niala Maharaj was a leading figure in the local print media. She went on to co-produce and co-present the country's most successful weekly television series. She left Trinidad in 1987 to edit an international women's magazine based in Rome, endured a short stint with an Asian non-governmental organisation based in Hong Kong, then returned to Europe where she settled in Amsterdam. She has travelled extremely widely, working as a freelance journalist, editor and communications consultant to international organisations, universities and publishers. She has written one non-fiction book: The Game of the Rose; The Third World in the International Flower Trade.
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