Qi Yuan was born in Yingtan, Jiangxi in March of 1986. She graduated from the China Academy of Art in 2014 with a Master's degree in literature, and began writing novels that same year. Her novels can be seen in publications like Harvest, People's Literature, Dangdai, and Shiyue, with some being re-published in Fiction Monthly and Selection of Short Stories. She won the 3rd Zijin People's Literary Star Award, the 5th West Lake Cutting-Edge Chinese Literary Award, 15th Chinese Literature Media Awards' Newcomer with the Best Potential nomination, the 2016 Zhejiang Youth Literary Star Award, and 2nd Mao Dun Literature Prize for new authors. Her novella Going to Not Go Crazy was listed in the 2015 Chinese novel ranking of the China Fiction Association, and earned the 2015 Youth Literary Star Award for Excellence and nomination for the 4th Yu Dafu Novella Award. Her short story Pulse won the 2016 Shiyue Short Story Award. She has published two short story collections.
Qi Yuan got her start painting, and never once thought of writing, but it may have a been by chance that all of this changed. It's strange how certain things which majorly affect one's life in decisive ways often occur in an instant. It is because of this that Qi Yuan enjoys the changes she feels when she writes. They aren't stylistic changes, but continual feelings of the unknown. The unknown is Qi Yuan's motivation for writing, making her a spiritual nomad.
Hurry Home is a novel with a cold narration style, in which she sharply writes about the meaningless of life and death, openly mocking them. She handles true pain in a preposterous, superficial style, almost like a dream, or an unpolished piece of jade, blurry yet whole. In Going to Not Go Crazy, her basis can be dark and gloomy, but her writing is filled with soul, and shifts between light and dark, the rain and the sun, so that we forget its dark origins. Qi Yuan effectively attempts a stream of consciousness style that makes the reader think of something, even if she doesn't write it. Many of her paragraphs have their own ideas which contrast with each other until each idea fades or is even canceled out. This sense of murkiness is where the reader can find their emotion. Follow is written from a male perspective, and tells of a man's passionless life, how nothing he tries comes to pass, and his boredom with life. The novel travels wherever it pleases, between a follower, an unemployed man, a daydreamer--it is an extreme experience of the happiness of freedom. The story tells of how this young man follows a beautiful woman, but during the entire time, he can only see her back, so he builds an unrealistic impression of her. In the end, this rose-red back leaps from the platform, disappearing forever. This metaphor of a back is transient and fragile, and it is because of this transient, fragile foundation that its instant destruction is possible, in this beautiful logic.
In 2018, Qi Yuan has plans to write several new novels. For her, writing is like walking in the dark: she makes her way forward one step at a time, slowly finding a path forward. Like nomads on the plains, nobody knows where they will end up tomorrow, they only know that the earth is a vast place.