Before writing his first book, author Daniel Nieh was an international model and a Chinese interpreter.
Those previous lives shine through in Nieh's debut novel, Beijing Payback.
"As a model and as a translator, you're always behind the scenes," Nieh says in an interview. "You know, you get backstage, you're a fly on the wall, you're there to be seen or be heard but maybe not to speak. And so you get to witness all kinds of different bizarre situations."