Tom Sando was born in 1922 in British Columbia. When his mother died, he was sent to Japan to be raised and educated by his relatives. He returned to Canada at the age of sixteen in 1938, and in 1941 was imprisoned for four years in Canadian internment camps for being Japanese and protesting the Canadian government’s unfair treatment of Japanese Canadians. Wild Daisies in the Sand is a unique, first-hand look at a part of the Japanese internment that many Canadians are still unfamiliar with. After the war, Sando began working as a building foundation specialist in Winnipeg, Manitoba and later moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1963, where he worked with a large piling company until his retirement thirty years later.