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Gina Chen is an author, software engineer, and occasional artist. She spent most of her life thinking she hated writing, until she churned out a few hundred thousand words of fanfiction and decided that maybe she was a writer. She tells stories about (anti)heroines, the unfortunate creatures who love them, and the kind of cleverness that brings trouble in its wake. She resides in sunny Southern California.

She is represented by Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency.



Short Stories

“Fools” - Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA

Coming October 20, 2020 from Algonquin Young Readers. Also available to read online at Foreshadow YA.

Ahma says my parents were a pair of fools. Runaways, who bartered the promise of my mother's womb to a witch to escape a kingdom that would sooner see them dead than in love.

With 'Fools,' Gina Chen has written a lush, compelling fantasy that transports the reader to a very unusual island. The main character Fanny is instantly lovable (despite her apparent lack of a heart) and the moment I hit the last page of this jewel of a story, I was desperate for more.

— Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Standout stories are rich with fresh perspective and nuance: . . . charming, clear-eyed "Fools" introduces an unconventional demon to an island full of fairy tales' leftover girls.

— Publisher's Weekly

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In Progress


A sardonic, sharp-edged fairytale romance.

A witch. A prince. A curse. A kiss.
You think you know the story, but this is no fairy tale.