Southern Fried Asian is back! This time, Keith is joined by New York Times-bestselling YA science-fiction author Marie Lu. Her new novel, Rebel, the follow-up to her epic Legend series of books, will be available in bookstores October 1 — as will the graphic novel adaptation of her DC Icons story, Batman: Nightwalker.
Marie recounts what it was like moving from China first to New Orleans, and then to Houston (1:45) including those traumatic “lunch box moments” of childhood (7:30. Then, she shares her long journey toward becoming a writer, which started off in middle school (10:30) and took a brief detour into the video game industry after college (24:00). Later, she reveals how she fell into writing YA science-fiction novels, the importance of featuring characters of color in her stories (32:00), and what it was like writing Batman and returning to the world of the Legend trilogy with her new book, Rebel (49:00). Finally, Marie shares her Southern Fried food memories of dumplings and cajun food (54:00).