Steph Cha

Countdown with ...

Steph Cha

Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay and the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She studied English and East Asian Studies at Stanford University, then at Yale Law School, where she wrote her first book.

She is the Noir Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, a contributing book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and a regular panelist at crime and literary festivals.

Steph was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds. She’s a lover of games and puzzles, and was once internationally ranked in Minesweeper and has written over 3,600 Yelp reviews.


Interviewed 18 January 2020

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Inspiration, procrastination, drive. The struggle and triumph of taming novels.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

A basset hound, another basset hound, a pile of books, a couch, a blanket, throw pillows, candles, a lighter, a glass of water.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Instant ramen, with an egg cracked in if I’ve got it. Eaten with kimchi, which I always have on hand.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Barack Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Kazuo Ishiguro, Amy Tan, Uma Thurman, RuPaul.

Six things you can't live without ...

Bassets, books, Asian food, Diet Coke, Twitter, writing.

Five favourite words ...

Hard to commit, but I’ll go with the first five great words that come to mind: wonder, clarity, love, fire, surrender.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Bora Bora, Mexico City, Kyoto, Seoul.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Good Talk by Mira Jacob, My Time Among the Whites by Jennine Capó Crucet, The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong.

Two things that make you rant ...

Systemic injustice, people who look down on genre fiction.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Read more books by women.