Susie Yang was born in China and came to the United States as a child. After receiving her doctorate of pharmacy from Rutgers University, she launched a tech startup in San Francisco that has taught people how to code. She has studied creative writing at Tin House and Sackett Street. She has lived across the United States, Europe and Asia, and now resides in the UK. "White Ivy" is her first novel and was just optioned by Netflix as a limited series.