Janie Chang writes historical novels that draw upon family history for inspiration. She grew up listening to stories about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals, and about family life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War. Her second novel, Dragon Spring Road, was released in January 2017. Her first novel, Three Souls was a finalist for the 2013 BC Book Prizes fiction award, one of 9 Canadian novels long listed for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Born in Taiwan, Janie has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, and New Zealand. She now lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with her husband and Mischa, a rescue cat who thinks the staff could be doing a better job.
"Compelling and utterly original. Janie Chang's riveting debut gives us so much: a complex heroine, a window into the vanished world of pre-Communist China, a fascinating plot and language that sings. An intoxicating story of family, ambition and the risks we take for love." -- NYT Bestselling Author Tara Conklin, author of THE HOUSE GIRL on THREE SOULS "A triumph. There is so much magic here, such generous imagining. The prose sings while the story is told in surging crescendo that makes us race to know what happens." -- Beverly Swerling, author of City of Dreams and Bristol House on THREE SOULS "A tour de force. Evocative of Lisa See at her best, Three Souls vividly conjures life in pre-Mao China, and runs the emotional gamut from playful to haunting. This original story and its sympathetic heroine will stay with you long after the final pages." -- Daniel Kalla, author of The Far Side of the Sky and Rising Sun, Falling Shadow on THREE SOULS "A glorious, deeply readable novel-the kind you pick up and read voraciously, every chance you get. The kind you get lost in." -- Shaena Lambert, author of Radiance and Oh, My Darling on THREE SOULS "In this highly original, capriciously imagined tale, Song Leiyin journeys to the afterlife in the company of three guiding souls. As her life in tumultuous 1920s China is recounted, readers are treated to a deft examination of the woe and splendour of family and the human heart." -- NYT Bestselling Author Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls and The Day the Falls Stood Still on THREE SOULS "I absolutely couldn't put it down. . . . One of the most satisfying, enjoyable and interesting books I've read in a while." -- Nancy Richler, author of The Imposter Bride on THREE SOULS [ Three Souls bristles with freshness and heart. -- Publishers Weekly on THREE SOULS "Both heartbreaking and hopeful, Janie Chang's first novel is an immersive and enjoyable read." -- Booklist on THREE SOULS "A remarkable, exquisite work of historical fiction, Three Souls is highly recommended as a wonderful read and an experience of creative, brilliant writing." -- Historical Novel Society on THREE SOULS [D]elightful. Chang skillfully weaves China's story with the fate of her characters, giving the novel a tone of importance that never becomes dull or pedantic." -- Providence Journal on THREE SOULS "Chang's heroine is crafty and that's the biggest strength of this book: we want Leiyin to succeed in her various quests (both in life and in death) because we know so many cards are already stacked against her." -- Asian American Literarature Fans on THREE SOULS