Today is #NationalAuthorsDay and I figured I’d share a few of my favourite authors both indie and regular with y’all!
Maggie Stiefvater: I figured since I’m sporting a tattoo of the ley lines The Raven Cycle I should probably make her first on my list. ‘Cause, it’s obvious I adore her. Maggie Steifvater is a YA author that writes about the paranormal and other spooky elements in her stories along with the tiniest touch of celtic and welsh legends. My favorite series by her (of course) is The Raven Cycle which is about a group of rag-tag friends searching for a dead Welsh king. Along the way, they encounter ghosts, curses, dream-theives, and even a bit of a murder mystery. Maggie is also one of the funniest and most down-to-earth author’s I’ve ever met…so she gets bonus points for being an amazing person through and through.
Rainbow Rowell: Rainbow Rowell! I am pretty sure I would die for her–or maybe I’d die for Baz from Carry On? It’s a draw. Rainbow Rowell has made my list for helping me out of a dark place when I needed it most. Her books have a touch of fantasy to them even if they’re meant to be about real life scenarios. It’s just in the way that she weaves her words together. She creates masterpieces. She has some seriously amazing quotes:
“Sometimes writing is running downhill your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.” Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
“She was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art and art wasn’t supposed to look nice. It was supposed to make you feel something.” –Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“These things end. They always end. Nobody marries their first love. First love is just that. First. It’s implied that something else will follow.” Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.” –Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
“Even if your heart is broken & attacking you, you’re still not better off without it.” –Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Dorothy Morrison: The author of my all-time favourite witchy book The Craft: A Witch’s Book of Shadows and my current read Yule: A Celebration of Lights & Warmth she earned a spot for helping me get into witchcraft in the first place! The Craft was the first witch book I ever owned and it is the one I use the most. She uncomplicates witchcraft in a way I really needed when I first started out and I continue to return to even now as an established witch.
Mackenzi Lee: This author writes novels about history and she’s a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. She has a list of LGBTQ+ books on her instagram stories by other authors and I’ve been slowly making my way through them because it’s a great feeling to read about people facing similar issues to you in a positive light in a world where you’re taught being LGBTQ+ isn’t something to be proud of. Through her books, I’ve learned to accept myself more. A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue is one of my all time favourite books…and A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy is easily becoming a close second as I make my way through it. My love for these books is undying. Monty is a masterpiece, DO YOU HEAR ME? HE IS PRECIOUS. WE MUST CHERISH HIM. He’s also very hilarious. Percy is an inspiration, because he’s ill, gay, and a POC (in the 1700s) yet overcoming his hardships by continuing to shoot towards his dreams of being a musician. Fuck, he makes me what to do everything I can to achieve my own goals. If he can do it, so can I! Felicity is also an inspiration because she has all the girl power. I’m pretty sure that she, alone, could smash the patriarchy if she put her mind to it.
Linda Zimmermann: Not only being one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, she’s a local paranormal legend in my area. She writes books about her accounts with the paranormal and the amount of research she puts into them is truly astounding. Not only on the paranormal side of things, she also writes about local murder history and ancient stone sites! Talk about a paranormal renaissance woman!