About: Brandy Liên Worrall-Soriano

Brandy Liên Worrall has been a professional writer and editor for almost three decades. She has vast experience with various magazine, book, and journal publishers since 1995. Because of her position as Editor in small and independent publishing houses, including The Writer—the oldest magazine (est. in 1887) on the craft of writing—she has learned all the tricks of the publishing trade, from editing to layout to distribution. She’s also been creating and facilitating writing workshops, readings, and events since 1993. This well rounded experience has given her all the knowledge needed to produce a book from start to finish, making her an indispensable and much sought-after writing coach. Brandy's own creative work has been published in journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies, including but not limited to The Georgia Straight, The Tyee, Amerasia Journal, and Chick Ink. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing (specializing in creative nonfiction) from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Master’s degree in Asian American Studies (focused on Asian American mixed race literature) from UCLA. Her first memoir, What Doesn’t Kill Us, is about her battle with breast cancer at a young age, and about how this life-threatening diagnosis made her reflect on her growing up with a Vietnamese mother and American father, both of whom were deeply affected by war and loss. She did an exhaustive North American book tour, and is currently working on her second memoir titled 17 Days, the sequel to her widely acclaimed first memoir. 17 Days explores more in-depth the controversy behind Operation Ranch Hand, the decade-long military mission that the U.S. government undertook to spray millions of gallons of highly toxic defoliant called Agent Orange in order to kill large amounts of jungle so as to expose Viet Cong. In doing so—and in the process, lying to both soldiers and civilians—countless humans and their progeny were viciously poisoned, resulting in cancers, neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine illnesses, and other debilitating/deteriorating lifelong illnesses for those directly exposed and their children, grandchildren, etc. Australian researchers have determined that at least five generations have been affected by Agent Orange dioxin poisoning, and Brandy and her children are no exception. Her second memoir profoundly exposes this tragic reality and egregious denial by the government. Brandy is a true lover of books and the creation of them. In her spare time, she enjoys making hand-bound journals and limited-edition chapbooks. Most of all, she loves to spin tales with her three children, her partner, and their tubby cat.

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