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.
My first novel, PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, came out from Holt/Macmillan in April 2018, edited by the sagacious Tiffany Liao. The sequel PEASPROUT CHEN: BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS came out in January 2019. I am represented by the mighty Tina Dubois at ICM, as well as the benevolent Lia Chan and the august Josie Freedman at ICM for film/tv rights, and the perfectly upright Roxane Edouard at Curtis Brown U.K. for translation rights.
I write mostly children’s lit but also some adult stuff, mostly novels, but some short stories and songs, 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 few Nebulas.
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.