Jennie Liu

Jennie Liu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She has been fascinated by the attitudes, social policies, and changes in China each time she visits. Her young adult novels have won honors including a Freeman Book Award Honorable Mention and an In the Margins: Best Books for Teens award. She lives in North Carolina with her family.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“That was when I knew I had a problem.”—Family Life by Akhil Sharma

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

This week—Ann Patchett, Sallie Rooney, Tana French

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To feed the impulse.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Butt in the chair, butt in the chair!