This week’s list:
Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition
Author names link to their Goodreads profile.
1. Heather Dixon
Heather only has one book out, and because she works full time as an animation artist, her next book is taking her sweet time. But seriously, her book Entwined is amazing and one of my favourite books of all time. And she also has the coolest blog where she talks about art and drawing and Mary Poppins.
2. Shirley Marr
Shirley is a Perth-born Aussie with two books out, Fury and Preloved. Apparently they’re hard to track down, but they are SO worth it. Shirley is the biggest sweetheart I’ve ever met and one of the nicest people. Because her books are so hard to find, they’re not that widely known. BUT THEY SHOULD BE.
3. Lauren Oliver
Don’t underestimate Lauren Oliver. Her novel Delirium was trying to get a TV show before they shot the poor thing down, probably for not having any boobs in it or being too dissimilar to reality TV or whatever it is people are watching nowadays. She is an amazing writer who has a magical way with words and a rare insight into how teens think.
4. Maria V Snyder
Oh my god just go and read her books and then come back and we can have a civilised discussion over how ass she kicks. Seriously, it’s like the woman writes books SPECIFICALLY for me.
5. Garth Nix
Garth Nix was kicking ass all over the female-protagonist YA high fantasy genre back in the 90s, way before it was cool. AND he’s an Aussie. AND he’s a rare male writer who can legit write believably from a teen girl’s point of view.
6. Kristin Cashore
Kristin Cashore writes beautiful if slightly unconventional and controversial YA high fantasy (OMG feminism and casual sex! CONTROVERSY!). BUT her first book Graceling is getting a movie, so you better check it out before it hits the big screen!
7. Lauren DeStefano
The darling of the social media world, Lauren DeStefano comes from a literary background, so her novels are always exquisitely written. The reason she deserves more recognition? She’s dealing with chronic anxiety and tweets daily about her four cats.
8. Cynthia Hand
Cynthia Hand is widely known (at least in my friend groups) for having written THAT angel novel – you know, where the angels actually had jobs to do. She is also widely known for making everyone cry. AND she actually teaches creative writing, so she practices what she preaches.
9. Glenda Larke
Little-known Aussie fantasy writer. I confess I’ve only read one trilogy of her – the Isles of Glory trilogy – but it’s an adult book that will definately appeal to YA readers. It’s completely fantasy and has a strong female outcast lead. It’s one of the few adult series I absolutely adore because generally I hate adult fiction.
10. Louise Cooper
Louise is only my hero, my literary inspiration and literally got me through high school. Sadly she passed away in 2009 before she completed her last novel, but her readers know her as the creator of Tarod, the highly sexy (apparently) bad boy/hero/villain (really he is all three) of the Time Master trilogy. I spent years collecting her out of print books and I can’t sing her praises enough. She was a real master of literature and if you like fantasy at all you should try to read one of her books.