Christine Velde (nee Lavender) grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, as one of four children. Following the completion of her first PhD in education, she was employed as a Senior Lecturer in the university sector for about 15 years. During this period, Christine undertook consultancy work in Hong Kong. She published widely in academic journals and presented papers at many international conferences. Through this work, Christine's love of travelling and working in China and South-East Asia began.
In the early 2000s, Christine accepted a senior managerial role as Academic Director of a design and business college in Shanghai, China. Her responsibilities at that time spanned the sites of Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai. As she grew fonder of the city and its people, Christine purchased an apartment in downtown Shanghai. With the help of two Chinese friends, she full renovated it. Although she returned to Australia in 2007, Christine rented her apartment and had a close association with Shanghai, returning regularly for about a decade.
On return to Australia, Christine was employed as a Senior Lecturer with the University of Adelaide for three years. During this period, her desire to write about her expatriate experiences in China strengthened and she decided to focus fully on her writing. She left the position to take up a scholarship to complete a PhD (Creative Writing), under the mentorship of Professor Brian Castro, Chair, Creative Writing, University of Adelaide. Christine achieved the "Dean's Award for Thesis Excellence," and was recommended for the University medal for her PhD. Christine's experiences as a senior academic and the seminal work completed in her second Ph.D in Creative Writing, led to the development of major non-fiction publications. Christine as a professional author, is now fully involved in researching, writing and editing. Her main focus is global and in particular, South-East Asia.
Bound: An Expatriate's Journey to China and Beyond was published in 2014 and launched at the Ubud Writers and Readers' Festival in the same year. Christine's latest book: DragonFlyers: Influential Roles of Prominent Expatriates (Gramedia Publishers, Jakarta) will be available in late 2015. It will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany in October, 2015 when Indonesia will be the host country. The theoretical work on literary expatriatism which is associated with her PhD (Creative Writing) has been accepted for publication as an e-book (Bentham Publishers, United Arab Emirates).
Christine is a researcher and writer, and focuses full-time on her research and writing. She is a member of IPED. Christine regularly attends national and international writers' festivals. Christine was an active member of Rotary International, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, whilst living in Bali, where she wrote a regular column for the Bali Advertiser. She returned to Buderim, Sunshine Coast, Queensland in 2019.
Christine's latest book: Into the Exotic: A Cultural Memoir, is about Christine and her husband David's risky decision to move to Indonesia and live for a few years and her journeys throughout greater Indonesia and beyond, to South-East Asia and the Middle East. In her memoir, Christine explores Indonesian history and culture and makes interesting comparisons between Eastern and Western cultures. One of the main focuses of the memoir is in taking a risk to live one's life differently, that is, to take the path less travelled. Her cultural memoir was published by Boolarong Press in 2020.
Christine returned to Australia in 2019 and lives at Buderim with her husband David, and Bengal cat, Rajah. He is more dog-like than cat-like, fetches and walks on a lead. Christine is an active member of the Buderim Craft Cottage, Sunshine Coast Art Group and the Queensland Writers' Centre.