Weina Dai Randel is a Chinese-American writer. Her debut novel The Moon in the Palace was nominated by Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction, RWA’s RITA® Award, and RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award. The book and the sequel The Empress of Bright Moon will be translated into seven languages.
Weina was born and raised in China. English is her second language. She came to the United States at the age of twenty-four, when she began to speak, write and dream in English. She was an adjunct professor before she committed to writing fiction.
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 holds 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 television WFAA’s Good Morning Texas, 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.