As we bid November adieu, I am following the prompt for Top 5 Wednesday’s last one for the month. The topic is the authors I wish I could write like (or be like). Because I talk a lot about books I am reading or have already read, I want to share some of the authors I have not read anything from yet. Surprise! Also, for whatever reason, this list is only featuring women. Whoops.
5. morgan rhodes
I am stupidly pumped for Falling Kingdoms. Perhaps this is a foolish feeling, but I have a good feeling about it. Part of my reasons for liking Morgan Rhodes is because of how she approaches fans. From what I hear, she doesn’t treat her readers as though they’re immature. Her characters sound complex, the relationships slow building and real, and I am here for this.
Besides, I am noticing a lot of trends with fantasy writers, and Rhodes doesn’t seem to be copying anyone. I genuinely think all that “Young Adult Game of Thrones” is just marketing oversimplification. I want to be like her just for the gutsy take on a complicated story format while still making it accessible to readers. I mean, the chances of me ever reading a George R.R. Martin are nonexistent, because of the content. Rhodes’ text seems more approachable.
4. gail carriger
My experience with a popular steampunk novel (The Girl in the Steel Corset) was ill-fated. Now, my approach to this genre is tinged with wariness. But, I have a really good feeling about Gail Carriger, just by looking at her interviews on YouTube. Her books’ covers are gorgeous, too. And, I want to be like her: creative, charming, and committed to a genre that feels authentic to who I am as a person.
3. Cathrynne m. valente
All I read about her books is how inventive and strange they are. In particular, I am thinking of Deathless, which baffled many people. I have heard of her newest book, one involving the Bronte sisters, and even that one garnered much confusion. And, listen, that is awesome, because I think complex texts like hers allow for personal soul-searching with the book. You start to see yourself in the story, rather than follow the “right” interpretation. What a cool thing to elicit in a reader’s mind.
2. sabaa tahir
Being a woman of color in the writing world sounds intimidating. Sabaa Tahir carries herself with such grace and confidence. I don’t follow writers on Twitter (or social media in general), but, from what I’ve seen, her tweets are hilarious and poignant. Furthermore, her books take on an manifesting an uncommon inspiration (Ancient Rome!).
1. angie thomas
As of the time of writing this post, I have not officially started reading Thomas’ The Hate You Give. So, she obviously makes the cut. I am in awe of how necessary and brave the story itself is. It’s hard to speak out and share experiences; naturally, I admire Angie Thomas for doing so with grace and kindness. Besides, she really calls people out on their crap, which is amazing.
Roshani Chokshi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Marie Lu.