Born in Sacramento, California, the child of
parents who met during the Vietnam War when her father was stationed
in Taiwan, Shawna Yang Ryan graduated
from the University of California, Berkeley, and received an M.A.
from the University of California, Davis. In 2002, she was a
Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. Water Ghosts (originally published in
2007 as Locke 1928) was a finalist for the 2008 Northern California
Book Award. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.