Henry Lien

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Henry Lien

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What I Write

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Please visit http://www.henrylien.com to read or listen to a few of my published works for free.

What I Write

Hi, thanks for stopping by. I’m Henry Lien.

I attended Clarion West 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, came out from Holt/Macmillan in April 2018, edited by the sagacious Tiffany Liao. Idina Menzel sang the book’s theme song with me at the launch! https://www.facebook.com/HenryLienAuthor/posts/10215661737045812  The sequel will be coming out in 2019. It started out as my Clarion West application writing sample. I am represented by the mighty Tina Dubois at ICM, as well as the benevolent Rich Green and Pier Nirandara 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.

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.


Asimov’s, Dec. 2013 — “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters” (Nebula nominee)

Interfictions, Fall 2013 — “Supplemental Declaration of Henry Lien”

Analog, Jan./Feb. 2015 — “The Great Leap of Shin”

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar./Apr. 2015 — “Bilingual”

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, May 2015 — “The Shadow You Cast Is Me”

Asimov’s, Jun. 2015 — “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society” (Nebula Nominee)


Holt/Macmillan, January 2019 — Untitled Peasprout Chen Sequel

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

My Write-A-Thon goal is to complete a detailed outline for the thir book in my PEASPROUT CHEN series for Holt/Macmillan. The series began as my Clarion West application writing sample in 2012.

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