Christine Leunens is born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1964. In 2005 she received a Master of Liberal Arts in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and was awarded the Thomas Small Prize for Academic Achievement and Character and the Dean's Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis in the Humanities. She received a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington in 2012.
As a teenager she moved to Paris and became a top international model, the face of Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Pierre Balmain and Sonia Rykiel, and posed for magazines including Vogue, Marie-Claire, and Elle. Her TV ads include Mercedes Benz and Suzuki. During the years travelling around Europe, Asia and Africa, Christine combined modelling, studying and writing.
An internationally celebrated author of literary and historical fiction, her novels Primordial Soup, Caging Skies, and A Can of Sunshine, have been translated into eighteen languages. The film adaption of Caging Skies by Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit, will be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2019. Christine lives with her husband and three sons in New Zealand, where she also is a violinist in the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Nelson Astronomy Society.
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