Hi, thanks for stopping by. I’m Henry Lien. I’m a speculative fiction writer. In case you don’t know, that’s a fancy way to say “science fiction and fantasy writer” without people thinking you have geek cooties. I write mostly children’s lit but also some adult stuff, mostly novels, but some short stories, too.
I like to write about very specific things, like Wu Liu (a sport I made up combining kung fu and figure skating), imperial court eunuchs, earthquakes, grandes dames of the Gilded Age, underwater gardening, and how to talk to dolphins.
I attended Clarion West Writers’ Workshop in 2012. It was deeply rad. I studied under George R.R. Martin, Chuck Palahniuk, Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, Connie Willis, Stephen Graham Jones, and Mary Rosenblum. Since then, I have sold stories to magazines including Asimov’s, Analog, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and been nominated for a couple Nebulas.
My first novel, PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, will be coming out from Razorbill/Penguin Random House in Fall 2017, edited by the sagacious Tiffany Liao. The sequel will be coming out Fall 2018. I am represented by the mighty Tina Dubois Wexler at ICM Partners.
Before becoming a writer, I worked as an attorney, fine art dealer, and college instructor. I was born in Taiwan. I live in Hollywood, CA.
Hey, I just wrote a song that everyone in PEASPROUT CHEN sings at New Year’s. If you’d like to check it out, click here.