Close to a year ago, I wrote a blog post about my top 3 female SF/F writers. With the recent hubub about the Waterstone list, I thought it might be a good idea to write a new list. Unlike last year when it was solely unknown authors, it is a mix of wellknown and less well known writers.
I pledged the Matchbox Girls Kickstarter solely on C.E. Murphy’s blurb. And I haven’t regretted it since. Since the moment I finished reading Matchbox Girls, Chrysoula Tzavelas have been on my autobuy list. She writes great Urban Fantasy set in an intriguing world.
Nalini Singh is a NYT bestseller so she isn’t unknown, but since her novels contains romance, I suspect that a lot of SF/F readers haven’t read her. And they are missing out. Yes, Nalini Singh’s novels contains romance, but they are have amazing worldbuilding, intriguing characters and plots that hooks you. So do give her books a try.
Lisa Shearin is one of those authors I didn’t buy until I got an e-reader. Once I bought the first book, though, I was caught. She writes Fantasy and Urban Fantasy novels that are packed with snark, action, great characters and romance. And I wouldn’t want it otherwise.
J. C. Daniels ( aka Shiloh Walker) writes Urban Fantasy of the dark and gritty kind. And I love how she pushes her characters until they crack. And then deals with the aftermath. The only thing I *don’t* like is that she only publish one book per year. Cause her books are addictive.
I’m very picky when it comes to self published books. In fact, there are only a handful of self published authors that I have put on my autobuy list. While the list fluctuate a bit, Maria E. Schneider is firmly on the list for her Adriel novels. They are well plotted, set in an refreshing setting and have unique characters. Oh and whatever you do, don’t read Under Witch Ghost first. It is slightly spoilery.
I could go on for a long time, listing many other fine writers but I think I’ll stop here. But I would love if you added your recommendations in the comments!