Stay Connected:

Asian Author Alliance

About Us

Asian Author Alliance is a group to celebrate Asian Kidlit and the diversity of stories that originate from the Asian Continent. We boost and support books by and for us!

Follow us on Twitter or Instagram!

We also have a private Facebook group to provide support and community for Asian identifying Authors of Kidlit

The Asian Authors Alliance Team

Kat Cho

(Founder, Admin/Moderator)

Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt. Kat is the international bestselling author of Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits (Putnam/Penguin). As well as the K-pop romcom Once Upon a K-Prom (Disney Books)

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Youtube

Cindy Pon


Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYASerpentine and Sacrifice (Month9Books), which were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus, respectively; and WANT (Simon Pulse), also a Junior Library Guild selection, is a near-future thriller set in Taipei. The sequel (also released with Simon Pulse) is titled RUSE. She is the cofounder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush-painting student of nearly two decades. Learn more about her books and art at

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  |  Tumblr  |  Goodreads

Karuna Riazi


Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. Besides holding a BA in English literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern. Karuna is fond of tea, baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish, Korean dramas, and writing about tough girls forging their own paths toward their destinies. She is the author of The Gauntlet and The Battle.

Lori M. Lee


Lori M. Lee is the author of speculative novels and short stories. Her books include PAHUA AND THE SOUL STEALER (Disney/Rick Riordan Presents), FOREST OF SOULS and the sequel BROKEN WEB (Page Street), and more. She’s also a contributor to the anthologies A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS and COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES. She considers herself a unicorn fan, enjoys marathoning TV shows, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.

Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Nafiza Azad


Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in BC, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many Kdramas and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Her debut YA fantasy, THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME, was a Morris Award Finalist.

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram

Misa Sugiura


Misa Sugiura is the author of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, which won the Asian Pacific American Literature Award for Young Adult Literature and made YALSA’s 2018 Rainbow List and Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her second book, This Time Will Be Different, is out now. Born and raised in the Midwest, Misa now lives under a giant oak tree in the Bay Area with her husband, two sons, two cats, and a gray-banded king snake.

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram

Debbi Michiko Florence


Debbi Michiko Florence, a third generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series is Jasmine Toguchi (FSG/2017 and 2018). Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Books of the Year, on the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2018 CBCC Choices List (Best of the Year). Debbi is also the author of the early chapter book series, Dorothy and Toto (Picture Window Books/2016) and the upcoming early chapter book series My Furry Foster Family (Picture Window Books/Fall 2019). A native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, bunny, and two ducks.

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram

Gail D. Villanueva

(Webmaster, Admin/Moderator)

Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipino author based in the Philippines. She has 23 years of web design and development experience under her belt, and runs a home-based creative agency with her husband in the outskirts of Manila. Gail considers herself a dog and duck whisperer. She loves pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). Gail’s debut middle grade novel, My Fate According to the Butterfly, is out now from Scholastic Press.

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads