By: Stephanie Wyatt
Everyone has authors that they automatically buy their books when they first hear of a new releases–most people define those as a person’s favorite author. I used to think that way too, and then I started getting into writing my own stories so my favorite authors changed because of what I could use for my own writing. Here are a few of them and why they are on this list.
I started reading Cassandra Clare because my sister had her books, and I always “borrowed” from her bookshelf. The cover of City of Bones looked cool so I opened it. I was hooked by page 13 and never looked back. I think her world building is phenomenal. She has characters with everyday teen issues, and they also happen to fight demons which is awesome.
She was my introduction to the world of the fae (outside of Tinkerbell obviously). I have only read The Wicked Lovely series, but I am hoping to get into her adult books soon. She was the first author I read who had a series of companion novels that went together, but you didn’t necessarily need to read all of them in order. I always seemed to get the story of the side characters that intrigued me most in the next novel, and it’s one of the few series where I was happy when I finished reading.
This author will always have a special place in my heart because she introduced me to the world of retellings. I read The Goddess Test series in college. It’s a modern day retelling of the Persephone myth in Greek mythology as if the Greek Gods were in high school. Then, she was there again when all I wanted to read was dystopian novels with her Black Coat Rebellion Series. I haven’t gotten the chance to finish that one yet, but I will eventually.
She helped fuel my retelling obsession with her series The Lunar Chronicles. She’s known for retelling classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, with a science fiction twist. It once again reinforced the idea for me that a retelling can morph into something completely new.
Sarah J. Maas
This author came into my life when I didn’t really feel excited about reading. I was given the recommendation to read this author from a friend, and she has now become one of my favorite authors. The best way I can describe this author is someone who will make you cry at some point in their series. She restored my love of books , and she will always hold a special place in my heart.
Have you read any of these? Who are some of your favorite authors and why? Let me know in the comments!