Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He trained as a teacher and worked in Israel, Australia, the US, and Japan before training teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border. He wrote and produced a forty-programme language teaching series; English By Accident, for Thai national television and spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO. Colin became involved in child protection in the region and is still involved in social projects. He set up a book and scholarship programme for his beloved Laos and runs two small schools for the children of Burmese migrants near his home.
All the while Colin continues with his two other passions; cartooning and writing. .His work with trafficked children stimulated him to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard (Suk's Editions. 2000). Since October 2001 he has written sixteen more books, the most loved of these being the Dr. Siri crime series set in Laos.
Since 1990, Colin has been a regular cartoonist for national publications and produced two Thai language translations of his cartoons. He designs quirky covers and illustrations for other writers. Colin lives in Chumphon in the south of Thailand with his wife, Kyoko. He rides his bicycle along the coast, decapitates coconuts, eats a lot of squid, plays with his dogs and occasionally sits down to write.
Awards and Recognition
- CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY