The noted author Lisa See grew up in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles. She began her career writing the national bestseller On Golden Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family. See focused the book on the story of her great-grandfather who had a fascinating life and became the “100-year godfather” of Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Always fascinated by her Chinese heritage, Lisa began writing a series of books based on a fictional team of detectives who solve crimes in the United States and China. See’s 2005 best-selling novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan tells the complex and emotional story of the friendship between two women growing up in 19th century China, when foot binding was the norm and women were seen to be useful only for bearing sons. Lisa See is an active member of the Chinese community in Los Angeles and in addition to writing novels, is also a freelance journalist. Her next book, Peony in Love, will be released this summer.