Maggie Shen King is the author of An Excess Male (Harper Voyager), one of The Washington Post's 5 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of 2017, a James Tiptree, Jr. and Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She is Goodreads September 2017 Debut Author the Month. Her short stories have appeared in Ecotone, ZYZZYVA, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Fourteen Hills. Her manuscript Fortune's Fools, won Second Prize in Amazon's 2012 Breakthrough Novel Award.
Maggie took one creative writing class when she was a freshmen at Harvard, but did not begin writing in earnest until 2004 when her youngest child started middle school. She has studied with Nancy Packer, Eric Puchner, Thomas McNeely, and Otis Haschemeyer at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. She shows her work regularly to two writing groups, one of which was formed at the conclusion of her first course at Stanford.
Maggie grew up in Taiwan and attended both Chinese and American schools before moving to Seattle at age sixteen. She has managed the coffers of PTAs, a gardening club, and a local political campaign. When she is not writing, she can usually be found hacking her way around a golf course. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.