The award-winning Küng has published twelve novels after twenty years of reporting from Asia, (primarily China and Hong Kong,) for newspapers and magazines, including the Economist, BusinessWeek, the International Herald Tribune and National Public Radio.
"A Visit From Voltaire" was nominated for the ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION/BAILEYS PRIZE FOR WOMEN'S FICTION in 2004. This is a quirky autobiographical comedy in which the phantom of Voltaire haunts her farmhouse as she tries to settle into life in Switzerland.
Her comic novel "Love and the Art of War" is set in London's leafy NW1 where a middle-aged librarian joins an evening class of bumbling businessmen to study the wiles of the ancient Chinese warlords, with the aim of reconquering--not the corner office--but the love of her life.
"Under Their Skin", set in Geneva, is a mordant and sophisticated romance playing with metaphors of surfaces, reflections, skin and scars, to examine what lies underneath superficial appearances and behavior. Under the name D. L. Kung, the trilogy "The Handover Mysteries" was re-issued in both e-book and paperback editions and voted among the "Top Ten Mysteries, Thrillers and Suspense of 2011" list by Goodreads members.
Küng's signature in many of her novels is an interweaving of East and West themes, placing domestic comedy or melodrama in a well-researched historical or political context. Her stories are informed by a Catholic upbringing and a sensitivity to cross-cultural tensions with an often sharp and mordant sense of humor. (Her current project is a series of historical thrillers under a pen name, with the latest of six to appear in February, 2016.)
Küng did her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Asian/Chinese studies and maintains a lively interest in Asian affairs. She's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and an active advocate for Chinese writers in detention through PEN Centre Suisse Romand. She is the wife of a retired delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the mother of three adult children. (Contact Dinah c/o Liz, Editorial Assistant, Eyes and Ears Editions, email@example.com.)