Janet has an MA in English and American Literature from King's College, London, where she acted in numerous student productions, taking leading roles to the Edinburgh Fringe. She went on to become one of London's most successful arts fund-raisers. Colson wrote the first draft of her novel, The Shark Party, on the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme in 2012. She has published short fiction in UK anthology Words Made Flesh and she created the theatre piece Dali's Womb. Art and illusion, possession and freedom are the heady components of this first novel by a stylish new voice in New Zealand popular fiction.