I got invited by Shepherd.com to curate a list of books for readers who felt Hermione Granger deserved her own series. The list includes some of my favorite books by Nnedi Okorafor, Adam Rex, Georgia Byng, Charles Portis, and Ted Naifeh. Full list HERE. And another list about unique Asian fantasy including books by Fonda Lee, Ken Liu, Nahoko Uehashi, Lian Hearn, and Shaun Tan. Full list HERE.
BTW, Shepherd is a new alternative to Goodreads that doesn’t rely on mob rule but instead invites authors to curate lists of recommended books.
The Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America commissioned me to write this article about what I call “Diversity Plus”. In short, I think that discussions about diversity shouldn’t just be limited to the identities of the characters and creators. It should also embrace actual story forms and themes from diverse traditions. Read the article HERE.
I’m the Special Guest Star on this week’s episode of “The Write Process,” UCLA Extension Writers’ Program’s cozy, crafty podcast. I go on for 37 minutes without saying “uhm” or “like” while talking about puzzle stories, worldbuilding, and PEASPROUT CHEN. Check it out here: SoundCloud or Google “write process Henry Lien”.
Here’s a video of highlights from the launch of PEASPROUT CHEN: BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS, including my performance of the two new theme songs and the scene in which Peasprout’s battleband gets stuck with its tragically inauspicious name, “Nobody and the Fire-Chickens.” I put a tremendous amount of work, learning, and love into this and I would be honored if you would take a look. Click
I talk about creating my own diverse, queer equivalent of Harry Potter or Star Wars that had inclusivity baked into it from the outset; writing a fantasy with no magic; the girlpower subtext of the PEASPROUT CHEN series; middle grade as a literature of brightness and hope; how being a lawyer and an art dealer informed my writing; and other things. To read, click
MG Book Village just published this petition by new student Princess Wu Yinmei against Peasprout, as well as Yinmei’s new song about the Empress Dowager’s vicious tactics. Peasprout is undaunted. Read and listen HERE.
My Dad (aka the Artist Formerly Known as Dad) and I are taking our father-son act on the road! We’ll be at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle talking about how our experiences as immigrants influenced his photography and my writing. MORE
I’m pleased to be on this panel in Seattle with Curtis Chen, Ted Chiang, and Caroline M. Yoachim, moderated by Yang-Yang Wang. MORE
MG Book Village just published this enraged open letter-orb from Peasprout Chen herself about the reveal of the new book covers supposedly featuring her and the new theme song for book 2. Poor Peasprout. To read the letter, click HERE.
Nerdcamp SoCal published a guest blog I wrote about why I write. The short answer is because imagination is stronger than reality. To read it, click HERE.
Peasprout’s pretty grouchy right now at taking silver, since she was Champion of Wu Liu for all of Shui Shan province five times before the age of ten, but I, for one, am pretty proud of this Parents’ Choice Foundation Silver Medal (alongside authors like Peter Brown and Grace Lin!). Read the full review
“This fast-paced and immensely entertaining book is a delight to read and offers some delicious twists as a payoff.” MORE
Author Janie Chang interviewed me for her blog and asked me about all my most personal and juicilious secrets. MORE
“I confess I had fun imagining the elevator pitch for Henry Lien’s fantasy debut: “It’s Hermione Granger meets ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ meets the Ice Capades meets ‘Mean Girls.’” For all its disparate ingredients, though, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD . . . speaks in a single, strong voice, thanks to its spirited heroine.” Read the whole thing here:
New York Times
This is a true story about the most memorable meal I ever experienced, and a bottle of cognac I received that was worth a man’s life. Eating Authors Blog
What do ouija boards, oracular monkeys, and vegan delights have in common? Find out by reading this boisterous interview I did with author Camille DeAngelis for our debut author’s group. I can’t mention its name, though. It’s a stealth ninja debut author’s group. MORE
PEASPROUT CHEN’s first review is a starred review in Publishers Weekly. MORE
My Clarion West classmate Alyc Helms conducted an interview with me about the Clarion West experience. MORE
The Weird Fiction show “The Outer Dark” has relaunched this rollicking and candid podcast interview with me from late December 2015. MORE
“The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society” is currently a finalist for the Nebula Award. MORE
I talk about the world of Pearl in this interview for the “Dive Into Worldbuilding” series. MORE
Come hear me doing teenage mean-girl drag. MORE
I say a lot a things you’re not supposed to say in this interview. MORE
I’ve got a lot to say about my dolphin meme Twitter story and I say it in this interview. MORE
Another Pearl novelette is now available in Analog. MORE
“Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters” has been nominated for the Nebula. MORE
This is my blog and it is ready to launch soon. MORE