Cody W. Benjamin grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1970, joined the Peace Corps, and spent two years in India as a volunteer in a farm management program. Cody returned to the States to go to graduate school, completed his Master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and did another two-year tour in Sudan, East Africa, with Lutheran World Relief and the Harvard Institute for International Development. Cody rejoined the Peace Corps in 1979, and spent almost five years in Malaysia as a member of the staff. In 1983, Cody returned to his hometown of Albuquerque and spent the rest of his working life in the USA.
Cody met his wife, Karin, in Malaysia, the setting of his novel Shaitan. Karin is Malaysian-Chinese, and she and Cody have a daughter, Jessica, who was born in Malaysia. Cody spent over eight years in Africa and Asia, but his aspirations as a writer were mainly influenced by his long association with Malaysia.
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