Meemee Phipps was educated in Malaysia, Singapore, England and New Zealand. She has lived and worked as an English teacher in China, Japan and Spain. Amid her many travels she has also lived a year in Italy where she studied the technique of fresco painting and worked professionally in the medium in France.
She plays the violin in two community orchestras in Auckland and was a member of the Bilbao Chamber Orchestra and Chorus (Spain) and the Chef-Boutonne Symphony Orchestra (France). She also writes and illustrates children’s picture books and short stories for adults. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her dog ZhuZhu, who is of Chinese/ French parentage.