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Biography

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Photography by Caroline Tran

General (225 words)

CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer whose novels include the Sidekick Squad series, a young adult science fiction adventure that follow queer teens who take on a corrupt government superhero agency, and also the fantasy Seven Tears At High Tide. Lee’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wired Magazine, and Hypable.

Not Your Sidekick was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in YA/Children’s Fiction and a 2017 Bisexual Book Awards Finalist in Speculative Fiction. Seven Tears at High Tide was the recipient of a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fantasy Romance and also a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in the YA and Speculative Fiction categories.

Lee has been featured at literary events such as YALLWEST, Pasadena Litfest and Lambda Litfest’s Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience at the Chinese American Museum, as well as a guest at  popular panels and discussions such as DragonCon’s “LGBTQIA in YA” , “BiScifi: Queer Heroes in Science Fiction and More”, “The Craft of Dystopia”,  “Magic and Worldbuilding,”, WonderCon’s “Sisterhood of the Self-Sufficient,” Emerald City Comic Con’s “Diversity in Publishing,” and San Diego Comic Con’s “Super Asian America” and “Into the Fanzone!”

Lee lives in Los Angeles and when not writing, enjoys hiking, rock climbing and other outdoor pursuits. You can connect with her on Twitter @author_cblee and on Instagram at @cblee_cblee.


 

Short  (137 words)

CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer whose novels include the Sidekick Squad series, a young adult science fiction adventure that follow queer teens who take on a corrupt government superhero agency, and also the fantasy Seven Tears At High Tide. Lee’s first novel in the Sidekick Squad series, Not Your Sidekick was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in YA/Children’s Fiction and a 2017 Bisexual Book Awards Finalist in Speculative Fiction. Seven Tears at High Tide was the recipient of a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fantasy Romance and also a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in the YA and Speculative Fiction categories.

Lee lives in Los Angeles and when not writing, enjoys hiking, rock climbing and other outdoor pursuits. You can connect with her on Twitter @author_cblee and on Instagram at @cblee_cblee.

 


Super Short (54 words)

CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer based in Los Angeles and is the author of the Sidekick Squad series and Seven Tears at High Tide. Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1) was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in Young Adult. Connect with her on Twitter @author_cblee and on Instagram at @cblee_cblee.


 

Books

 

 

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Not Your Sidekick
Publisher: Duet Books (Interlude Press)
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Details: Trade paperback, 5.25″x8″
Length: 296 pages
Release Date: September 8, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-945053-03-0 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-945053-04-7 (eBook)
Lambda Literary Awards Finalist 2017
Bisexual Book Awards Finalist 2017
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Welcome to Andover, where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
PRAISE
“With a diverse cast of characters, both in terms of sexuality and ethnic background, and a wholly adorable romance for Jess, it’s a lively exploration of morality in a superpowered age. “—Publishers Weekly
“Exactly the kind of super-powered jolt the genre needs right now.” —Wired Magazine
“This is a light romp of a middle grade adventure/romance, but the real strength is in its matter-of-fact representation of LGBTQ and first-generation American identities. While the meanings of these identities are explored, they are not the focus of the book and are simply part of the character- and world-building. Coming out has already happened, friendships based on immigrant identity are complicated, and there are many primary and secondary characters who fall into these categories so that no single character has to stand for everyone.”—School Library Journal
“A large part of the story deals with her expectations about what it means to be ordinary and what it means to be extra-ordinary.  This is a theme that will speak strongly to the current generation.  What happens when you try as hard as you possibly can but you still can’t achieve what you intend to do?  How do you rebuild who you are when you fail short of your parent’s expectations?”—Queer Sci Fi
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Not Your Villain
Details: Trade paperback, 5.25″x8″
Genre: young adult science fiction
Length: 303 pages
Release Date: October 5, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-945053-25-2 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-945053-43-6 (ebook)
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Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most wanted villain.
After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?
Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.
PRAISE
“The Sidekick Squad are back and better than ever in Not Your Villain…There’s nothing quite like the found-family narrative, nor the team up against a corrupt government, and the unrelenting optimism and power of a group of largely queer-identifying teens. “—Hypable
“C.B. Lee’s utterly charming Sidekick Squad series has it all—swoony romance, thought-provoking deconstructions of superhero tropes, and the cutest robots ever. But best of all are her very human, very relatable characters—vibrant personalities you just can’t help but root for as they make their way in the world. If you’re a fan of superheroes, thoughtful sci-fi, and/or general awesomeness, you need these books in your life.”—Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex
“Not Your Villain shows just how meaningful superheroes (and supervillains) can still be. C.B. Lee has invented a world where the greatest power comes from friendship, love and becoming your truest self, and it’s the heroic story we need right now.”—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All The Birds In the Sky
“The universe that Lee created in Not Your Sidekick is as sharp and effortlessly detailed as ever…. They do what they can to save the world, without ever aspiring to be a savior, learning that true heroism comes through working together.” —Lambda Literary

 

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Seven Tears At High Tide
Details: Trade paperback 6″x9″
Genre: young adult fantasy
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Pages: 234
ISBN: 978-1-941530-47-4 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-941530-48-1 (ebook)
Bisexual Book Awards Finalist 2016
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Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
PRAISE
“A charming and sweet twist on the selkie legend. Morgan, a half-human half-selkie and Kevin, an Asian American bisexual (and proud) human, are wonderful characters.” – LGBT-YA Reviews
“Seven Tears at High Tide is a magical story with so much heart. Though heavier topics such as homophobia and hunters are addressed, most of the characters are sweet, accepting, and so heartwarming. Kevin and Morgan’s love story is a unique one, especially since they start out in such different places (selkie magic aside). Watching them learn to reconcile human and selkie love and forge a relationship that stands the test of time and tide is truly magical. Coupled with atmospheric details, the warm glow of first love (and all the firsts that go along with that), and the selkie mythology, Seven Tears is a richly realized, dreamy tale we adored.” – Fangirlish Reviews
“A romantic young adult tale full of beautiful imagery and a blossoming young love that will warm your heart. Debut author C.B. Lee deftly explores issues surrounding race, bisexuality and mixed family dynamics against the sweet summer setting of a Californian sea.” – Mugglenet Reviews

 


 

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