Marula Liu knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. Her publishing career started after winning the 2003 Unitas Newcomer Fiction Prize for her story “Blinded,” but she only decided to pursue it full time after her essay “Seven Days of Mourning,” a deeply personal reflection on the pain of losing her father, won the Lin Rung-San Literary Award. Her first collection of essays of the same title was a huge hit in Taiwan, selling over 70,000 copies. The movie 7 Days in Heaven, which was adapted from her essay, hit US$1.5 million at the box office, and won Liu the 2010 Golden Horse Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her writing is heavily influenced by Lawrence Block, with its taut elegance tinged with cynicism.