Yan Geling is a well-acclaimed and widely read Chinese writer and scenarist, especially in mainland China. Some of her short stories and novels have been made into films and translated into several languages. Yan Geling’s stories mostly take place during the recent past in China, some based on her own experiences. She is now living in Germany with her husband and daughter, after having lived in the US, China and Nigeria since 1989. I had the opportunity to speak with Yan Geling in her Berlin home, in between her busy writing schedule and daily family life.