Malaysia native Jai Patel was born in the East Coast state of Kelantan and grew up in Malacca and Perlis. He studied at Multimedia University (MMU) alongside some of the country’s most decorated filmmakers, animators, and video game designers. He began writing fiction in 2019, focusing on mysteries and thrillers that revolve around everyday people placed in extraordinary situations.
Escape From Happy Palace is his debut novel. He is currently working on his second murder mystery, Eight-Eight Foodcourt, which will be published in early 2021. When not writing, he can be found playing open-world RPGs, discovering single-origin coffee, and making awful noises with his Fender Strat. He lives in Petaling Jaya with his wife.