Li Di An

Li Di An is a 2017 IWP guest writer. She is the author of the trilogy Nanyin: Memory of the City of Dragon. The creation of the Memory in the City of Dragon trilogy started from Zheng Nanyin, a character’s name that occurred to her one gloomy afternoon in 2008 when she was waiting in the corridor for class to start. She says the name conjured up in her mind the image of a cheerful teenage girl, and then the name was followed by three other names – Zheng Dongni, Zheng Xijue and Zheng Beibei. The story develops around the coming-of-age of four cousins of the Zheng family, a large family in a fictional small town in Northwest China. Published in succession, from 2009 to 2012, the trilogy has sold more than 2 million copies.