Born in 1969 in Sanji, Xinjiang, Qiu Huadong is secretariat of China’s Writer Association. He used to work as editors in many Chinese literary journals, and has published twelve novels in two series. The first, which tells of life in present-day Beijing, is composed of Daytime Jitters, Noon Confessions, Flowers, and The Professors; the second of the historical novels The Telescope, Men Who Ride the Flying Fish, The City of Janaidar, Prisoners of Time and Eternal Life. He has also written a series of sixty short stories describing middle class Beijing life, under the title Locals, and a series of fifty-odd post-modern stories, Fashionistas. His work has been translated into French, Germany, Italian and Vietnamese.