Some authors are such gripping writers you just know you will have to buy all of their new releases. Here’s my personal list of auto-buy authors.
• Victoria Schwab
Oh my gosh, if you have’t read a Victoria Schwab book you must! Or if you’ve read one and didn’t like it, try another, because they’re all so different. This fantastic woman has written amazing worlds in each series she has published. I very first picked up A Darker Shade of Magic by her because it reminded me of a book I read as a child. I quickly fell in love with Victoria’s writing style. She’s also a lovely real life human too, which gives her all the wins; I have met her both at a signing in Bristol and at YALC in 2017.
Not only is Victoria a superb and innovative writer, she is also an inspiration to thousands. Her social media accounts are real and genuine, they show the struggles and the joys of being a writer. She lets her fans in on her life. Social media gives us the option to show people anything, so now we can see the behind the scenes of book writing like we never could before.
• Laini Taylor
There is one huge reason for Laini Taylor being on this list, Strange the Dreamer. If you have seen anything of my social media posts recently then you’ll know I adored this series. I think Laini can create a world that is completely different and intoxicating to the reader. She has an unlimited imagination and I love that she includes both the weird and the wonderful in her work. I haven’t finished her other series, but I loved the first one and could see the world being built around me just as it was with Strange the Dreamer.
Again she is another lovely author that you can see active on social media. Again I was lucky enough to meet Laini at YALC in 2017 and she was so kind and patient, she had such a huge line of people to meet. Yet she still made time to answer my questions about her inspiration for Strange the Dreamer. She is fun and funky and I can’t wait to see what else she writes!
• J. K. Rowling
I can’t wait to see what J. K. Rowling does next, that is a constant state of mind for me. The woman that brought me Harry Potter and shaped so much of my creative thinking and love of both literature and film, will always be an auto-buy author for me. In her variation of genre and writing style I can see her changes and developments since writing Potter. I love her fantasy writing, it is her best genre in my opinion, but as a dedicated reader of hers I will continue to read any future works she publishes.
I think it would be my absolute dream to meet Jo, she is an inspiration for so many. I think I would just want to thank her, as thousands do, for bringing us the boy who lived. She set a path for so many fantasy writers and for so many readers.
• Tomi Adeyemi
I have only read one book of Tomi’s, because that is all she has published. But after reading that and watching interviews online with her, I can safely say she deserves a place on this list. Her book Children of Blood and Bone is absolutely phenomenal, it is a magical, adventure story and I can’t get enough of it. I’m very glad this one is a sequel. She writes diversely and creates a voice within the young adult community that is needed.
Tomi has achieved so much at such a young age and that can’t not be inspiring to me. She has followed her dreams and achieved, isn’t that what we all want to do? It was pleasure to meet her at YALC this year and tell her how much I adored her book.
• Stephanie Garber
Author of the Caraval series, Stephanie captured my heart with her bizarre and beautiful story. She writes nonsense and the weird, which I think is perfect. Her world’s absorb me as a reader and remind me of something Alice in Wonderland would be exploring. Something I miss with some adult or young adult books, is the lack of ability to break the rules and be truly out there. Children’s books accept that a child’s brain will go along with pretty much anything that’s on the page. But as we get older, we question more and nonsense becomes less common in our literature. Not to say it’s totally gone, but some authors manage to retain it perfectly, Stephanie is one of them.
She is also very high up on my list of authors I’d like to meet. Her first book was my companion during a very rough patch in my life and for that I can’t be thankful enough.