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Maggie Shen King

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Maggie Shen King is the author of An Excess Male (Harper Voyager), a Washington Post Top 5 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel of 2017, a James Tiptree, Jr., and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She is Goodreads September 2017 Debut Author the Month.

Her short stories have appeared in Ecotone, ZYZZYVA, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Fourteen Hills. Her manuscript Fortune's Fools, won Second Prize in Amazon's 2012 Breakthrough Novel Award.

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Maggie Shen King For me, writing is more a question of my willingness to engage with the blank page and not be distracted by life, email, social media, and news…moreFor me, writing is more a question of my willingness to engage with the blank page and not be distracted by life, email, social media, and news stories. So far, I've found that if I can get my "bottom in the chair"—I work at a standing desk in my kitchen—ideas will usually come. The trick for me is to show up consistently and stay on that blank page.(less)
Maggie Shen King I moved to the U.S. from Taiwan when I was in high school, and unusual news stories from that side of the world always grab my attention. About six…moreI moved to the U.S. from Taiwan when I was in high school, and unusual news stories from that side of the world always grab my attention. About six years ago, I read a NY Times article about gender imbalance in China. At the time, I was ready to write a second novel and played with the idea in a short story. I went on next to explore the viewpoints of the other three main characters and found that I liked telling the story from this symphony of voices. I kept alternating point of view characters, and after a year and a half of consistent work, I finished the first rough draft of An Excess Male.(less)
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“How many wives out there have it much, much worse?” “Why should other women’s unhappiness justify mine?”
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“The merengue was invented out of necessity,” I tell everyone. “It was the only dance possible for ankle-chained slaves in the cane fields of the Caribbean.”
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“By the year 2030, China’s one-child policy and its cultural preference for male heirs will have created a society overrun by 30 million unmarriageable men. More than 25 percent of men in their late thirties will never have married.”
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“The merengue was invented out of necessity,” I tell everyone. “It was the only dance possible for ankle-chained slaves in the cane fields of the Caribbean.”
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“How many wives out there have it much, much worse?” “Why should other women’s unhappiness justify mine?”
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