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Henry Lien, Author


Book Riot published a list of most popular children’s books by authors from various countries and wuhu!! PEASPROUT CHEN is representing Taiwan! I’m particularly pumped because Nnedi Okorafor was chosen to rep Nigeria with AKATA WARRIOR, one of my all-time faves! Full list HERE.

Diversity = Diverse Story Forms/Themes, Not Just Faces

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.

Priceless Treasures Giveaway

My heart is filled with 10,000 strains of joy to announce that each lunar period, I shall gift priceless PEASPROUT CHEN treasures including signed books, audiobooks, and Nobody and the Fire-Chickens T-Shirts! Enter by subscribing to my newsletter HERE. More details below.


Rachel Swirsky Interviews Me

Award-winning author Rachel Swirsky interviews me about PEASPROUT CHEN, my birds, art, vegan cooking, and other things I find totally boring and never, ever want to talk about. With pictures. Read it HERE.

Publishers Weekly Interviews Me About Peasprout Chen

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

Alien Memoirs: Immigrant Experiences in Art

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

Why I Write

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

New York Times Review of Peasprout Chen

“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:
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Ouija Boards, Oracle Monkeys, and Vegan Delights

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


“Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters” has been nominated for the Nebula. MORE