87: Shelley Parker-Chan Interview

The Fantasy Inn Podcast

Jul 20 2021 • 58 mins

Travis interviews author Shelley Parker-Chan about their debut novel, She Who Became the Sun, the first book of The Radiant Emperor duology from Tor Books. Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in this bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

Shelley and Travis discuss crafting hyperemotional stories, tackling complex gender feels, and the importance of writing what you love.

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About Shelley Parker-Chan:

Shelley Parker-Chan is an Asian-Australian former diplomat and international development adviser who spent nearly a decade working on human rights, gender equality and LGBT rights in Southeast Asia. Named after the Romantic poet, she was raised on a steady diet of Greek myths, Arthurian legend and Chinese tales of suffering and tragic romance. Her debut novel She Who Became the Sun owes more than a little to all three. In 2017 she was awarded an Otherwise (Tiptree) Fellowship for a work of speculative narrative that expands our understanding of gender. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her family.

Find Shelley Parker-Chan on Twitter or at her website, shelleyparkerchan.com.

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