Born in Cardiff, Wales to parents of Chinese and Indian descent, Nancy spent her early years in Peterborough, England before emigrating to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Her first book, the collection of short stories Dead Girls (McClelland & Stewart 2002), was hailed by the Globe and Mail as “a masterwork of revelation.” Dead Girls was named a best book of 2002 by the Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail and Book of the Year by NOW Magazine. Winner of the 2003 VanCity Book Prize, and finalist for the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Pearson Reader’s Choice Award and the Wordsworthy Award, Dead Girls has been published in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and Spain.
Nancy is the recipient of numerous fellowships, residencies and awards, including a Gabriel Award for Radio and a National Magazine Award. An Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program, Nancy has served on numerous prize juries and panels and was selected as the first Visiting Canadian Fellow at the prestigious University of East Anglia Writing Program in the UK. She most recently served as Writer-in-Residence for the city of Vincennes, France and the city of Richmond, British Columbia. Her novel, The Age, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.