About

Weina Dai Randel

Weina Dai Randel is a Chinese-American writer. She is the author of The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon, historical novels of Empress Wu, the one and only female ruler in China.

She was born and raised in China. English is her second language. She came to the U.S. at the age of twenty-four, when she began to speak, write and dream in English. She has worked as a journalist, a magazine editor, and an adjunct professor.

Her interest in classical Chinese literature was sparked at an early age when she first read The Dream of the Red Mansion, at night with a flashlight, as her parents deemed it inappropriate. She has a passion to share with American readers tales of dynasties that have risen and fallen, and stories of memorable historical figures, especially women.

Weina received an M.A. in English from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, where she was inspired to write about Empress Wu of China.

Interviews of Weina have appeared on The Wall Street Journal China Real Time, Library Journal, The Huffington Post, RT Book Reviews, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Fresh Fiction, Lone Star Literary Life, Books By Women.org, New Books Network, Tall Poppies.org, and international magazine Estante.

She lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with her loving husband and two children.