H. W. Vivian (1988-Present) was born Vivian Hwang in Flushing, New York, to a Taiwanese immigrant family, and grew up in her hometown. At a young age, she showed great interest toward the arts, studying piano, violin, and percussions, while drawing and painting on her own time. Her parents’ divorce when she was eight years old took a big toll on her personal life, but she sreacted by burying herself in her artistic endeavors. At fourteen, she joined the Bayside High School music program. Afterward, she enrolled in the Art Institute of New York City’s culinary arts and restaurant management program. After graduation, she returned to traditional college, enrolling in Baruch College-CUNY’s Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Investments, and minoring in Theater. During this time, H. W. Vivian conceived the idea for her first novel, Chasers, but wouldn’t publish it until many years afterward, in March 2014. Her second novel, Days of Amber, which is written under her pen name, Alex Chu, is currently on sale.
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