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. Idina Menzel sang the book’s theme song with me at the launch! https://www.facebook.com/HenryLienAuthor/posts/10215661737045812  It was nominated for a Nebula/Norton. The sequel PEASPROUT CHEN: BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS came out in January 2019. The series has received praise from The NY Times and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist, and been an Amazon bestseller on multiple lists. 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 Josie Friedman and Lia Chan 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 — PEASPROUT CHEN: BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

My Write-A-Thon goal is to complete a first draft of my new novel, based on one of the stories I wrote while at Clarion West in 2012

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