Diana Ma’s Author Page

Heiress Apparently (Daughters of the Dynasty)

My debut novel, HEIRESS APPARENTLY, the first book in the DAUGHTERS OF THE DYNASTY series is out!


Link to order from Third Place Books: https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/local-authors/diana-ma

Third Place Books is my local bookstore, and they can ship to anywhere in the US. You can also request a signed and personalized copy online in the “Comments” section at checkout!

Link to order from Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/heiress-apparently-daughters-of-the-dynasty/9781419749964

Bookshop is a great organization that supports independent booksellers!


December 3, 2020: Third Place Books Virtual Book Launch of Heiress Apparently in Conversation with Katherine McGee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxddOEFiKWA

December 10, 2020: North Seattle College Virtual Library Salon Book Talk

March 5-7, 2021: North Texas Teen Festival: http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/festival-day

March 6-7, 2021: Tucson Festival of Books: https://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=1444

April 3, 2021 and April 10, 2021: TeenBookCon: https://www.teenbookcon.org/

April 24, 2021: Yallwest Book Festival: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h7qIQctPSXykCpAYgv4zhw

May 3, 2021: Asian Author Alliance’s AAPI Book Month (AAPI Romance Panel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYoHsVglpok

May 15, 2021: Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest: https://www.teenbookfest.org

May 26, 2021: AAPI Heritage Festival, sponsored by Scarsdale Public Library

May 29, 2021: Asian Author Alliance’s AAPI Book Month (Debut AAPI Authors Panel): https://asianauthoralliance.com/aapibookmonth/2021-aapi-book-month-participants/



“Soap-opera–worthy twists are grounded by ties to significant events in contemporary Chinese history in this meaningful debut.” —Kirkus Review


“A worthy addition to all libraries, especially those seeking nuanced books with Asian American protagonists.”– School Library Journal

“More than a cute rom-com, this novel highlights LGBTQ+ rights, contemporary attitudes held by Chinese citizens, Chinese history, Hollywood’s ethnic prejudices, and pride in culture and family. . . this is a fun start to a promising series.”— Booklist


Video of me reading the first chapter of Heiress Apparently!



Talking about Heiress Apparently on Books and Boba Podcast!

Pen and Story Interview by SCBWI Western Washington: https://www.penandstory.com/2021/02/18/interview-with-debut-author-diana-ma/

New Voices Interview in Cynsations: https://cynthialeitichsmith.com/2021/02/new-voices-roseanne-a-brown-diana-ma-on-creating-characters-that-mirrored-themselves/

School Library Journal Conversation with Angeline Boulley: https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=Diverse-Mentorship-Angeline-Boulley-and-Diana-Ma-in-Conversation


We Need Diverse Books Guest Blog about My Experience with the WNDB Mentorship Program: https://diversebooks.org/sff-author-diana-mas-experience-with-the-wndb-mentorship-program/

We Need Diverse Books Guest Blog about Why I Hope Readers See Themselves in My Chinese-American YA Protagonist: https://diversebooks.org/why-i-hope-readers-see-themselves-in-my-chinese-american-ya-protagonist/


Link to “Six Feet” Poem: http://anmly.org/ap31/citizenship-discontents-31/diana-ma/

About Me

I’m a Chinese American author who writes YA and MG books that feature kickass Asian American heroes. Growing up as a Chinese American girl, these were the kind of characters I hungered to find in books. I believe that it’s important for all kids to recognize themselves as the heroes of the books they read and that diverse books help us create a better world. I have two wonderful kids of my own and want them to grow up with books that represent them.

I was a 2019 We Need Diverse Books mentee with Swati Avashti, and I have an BA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and an MA in English with a Creative Writing focus from the University of Illinois, Chicago. I’m represented by Christa Heschke and Daniele Hunter of McIntosh and Otis. I live in a suburb of Seattle and teach composition, creative writing, literature, and humanities at North Seattle College.


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Twitter: @DianaJunYiMa

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