Nick Vasey was born in 1968, raised in various parts of Australia, and completed a Commerce degree in accounting, marketing and law in 1989 at Murdoch University. Thereafter, one year of working in a multinational accounting practice was all it took to convince him to quit the typical career-path, and go travelling instead. Wise choice. Over the next fifteen years Nick had a variety of adventures in over forty countries around the world. It would be safe to say that travelling itself became his primary passion. These experiences have confirmed in Nick a profoundly libertarian streak, and repeatedly proven to him that governments rarely have their citizens’ best interests at heart and by default, should be regarded with extreme scepticism. Out of curiosity, in 2004 Nick briefly returned to Australia and plugged back into the ‘Matrix’ for a while, but found he still had no use for it. Dumbfounded and disappointed by people’s mindless pursuit of material wealth, AFL Football and reality-TV, in 2008 he quit the first-world altogether, for a more tranquil life in the Southern-Sierran township of Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Nick and his wife Laura now live simply, with their many animals, in the mountain-top sanctuary they have named ‘Motu-Iti’. Currently, Nick is probably building a hummingbird feeder, and thinking about writing his second novel. If you would like to contact Nick, please visit the ‘Roppongi’ website: www.roppongithenovel.com.