Henry Lien

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Henry Lien

About Me

Writing Sample

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 write mostly children’s lit but also some adult stuff, mostly novels, but some short stories, 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 couple Nebulas.

My first novel, PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, will be coming out from Holt/Macmillan in April 2018, edited by the sagacious Tiffany Liao. The sequel will be coming out APrix 2019. I am represented by the mighty Tina Dubois Wexler at ICM Partners.

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.

Also, I wrote the Clarion West anthem “Ready to Launch”. You can check it out here. http://youtu.be/ZMg6ScgioxY



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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, April 2019 — Untitled Peasprout Chen Sequel

Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

My Write-A-Thon goal is to complete a first draft of twelve chapters of the second novel in my PEASPROUT CHEN series for Holt/Macmillan. The series began as my Clarion West application writing sample in 2012. Publication of the second novel is scheduled for April 2019.

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