International Women’s Day: 10 female authors who inspire me
As a reader, and now a book blogger, I have had the chance to read books from many amazing authors over the years. The large majority of these have been female authors, female authors who I have looked up to and inspired me with their beautiful words. As today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, I wanted to share these women with all of you in the hopes that you will be as inspired by their work as I have been.
- VE Schwab
This one should come as no surprise considering that I just wrote an article on why you should all read A Darker Shade of Magic, one of her books. I only discovered Victoria two years ago, but since then she has become a massive inspiration in my writing, with her candid and truthful tweets about life as an author and her truly brilliant books. This woman is an NYT bestseller, a USA bestseller and an Indie bestseller and recently got a six figure book deal for four upcoming books. Her books are creative, complex and no two are ever the same and I can only dream that I could be that amazing one day. I’ve been lucky enough to meet her a couple of times now and am going to an event she is doing in London in a few weeks time!
2. Sarah J Maas
I’ve been reading Sarah’s books since I was eighteen and eagerly await every new release. Sarah is an inspiration for me as a young writer, because she wrote what would become the Throne of Glass series when she was just 16, and now it’s a NYT bestselling series and there’s nothing better to see as a young writer than people who also started out young achieving their dreams. Sarah’s books show many powerful women, including her lead character assassin Celaena Sardothien, who in no small part inspired the main character in my own novel. I can’t wait to read the final instalment in the Throne of Glass series when it comes out this October! I met her at an event in 2016 with my friend (who is also a massive fan) and it was hard to tell who was more starstruck!
3. Samantha Shannon
Samantha Shannon is a newer discovery of mine, I only read her books last year, but I loved them so much that I read all three in the space of three months! My friend recommended her books to me and I’m so glad that she did, because The Bone Season is one of the most creative worlds and magic systems that I have ever read. I’m so excited for her epic fantasy Priory of The Orange Tree next year because I have been saying for years that I’ve wanted to read more dragons in fantasy and one of my favourite authors is giving me dragons! Samantha is an inspiration to me for much the same reasons that Sarah J Maas is, she got The Bone Season published whilst she was still in University and it’s so great to see a writer relatively close in age to me (she’s only five years older) doing so well! I met her at YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) last year and she was so lovely, which is always nice to find out!
4. Alwyn Hamilton
My friend and I met Alwyn Hamilton in 2015, before her debut novel, Rebel of The Sands came out, which is probably one of my favourite stories, it must be what people who knew actors and actresses before they were famous feel like when they star in major films! Alwyn’s trilogy Rebel of The Sands is one of my favourites of recent years, the cross of Wild West and Arabian Nights feels so fresh and different and I can’t wait to see how the trilogy wraps up when I read Hero At The Fall next month. Alwyn writes such strong and powerful female characters, who give me something to aspire to, and I hope that I can do the same thing, if I ever get published as an author.
5. Malorie Blackman
Malorie Blackman was one of the first YA authors I ever read and certainly the one who really got me into YA books, so I have her to thank for the fact that I am now a mostly YA book blogger. Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series was one of the first series I read that ever addressed racism in a serious way and is certainly one that has stuck with me through the years. I also have Malorie to thank for the fact that I now go to YALC every year as she was the one who created the event in 2014. I got to meet her at the event in 2016 and had a very embarrassing moment where I sent an incredibly fangirly text to my friend that I was sitting behind her in one of the panels!
6. Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s books were my first foray into Adult fiction, back when I was thirteen, and My Sister’s Keeper is still one of my favourite books that I’ve ever read. Jodi writes such thought provoking, amazing books and her book events are some of my favourites that I have ever been to, she’s such an engaging speaker and an incredible writer, her last eight books have debuted at #1 on the NYT list, that’s seriously amazing.
7. Jacqueline Wilson
I suspect I speak for many here when I say that Jacqueline Wilson was one of the authors of my childhood, she was one of the few authors of realistic fiction whose books I devoured when I was a kid, I used to borrow as many of them as I could from the library. I liked that her books didn’t try to sugarcoat anything just because they were for kids, she showed the world as it was, with all the gritty details. I admire her so much because she has touched so many children’s lives, including my own and I hope that I can do the same one day.
8. JK Rowling
Despite some of the recent controversies that have surrounded her, and my personal dislike of some of her recent decisions, I can’t deny that the reason that I am a writer, the reason that I want to be a published author one day, is JK Rowling. She enchanted me with the Wizarding World when I was younger, opened up the magic of reading for me and I aim to one day inspire kids in the same way that JK Rowling inspired me when I was younger.
9. Maggie Stiefvater
I first read Maggie Steifvater’s books when I was 16, and they were so wonderfully weird that I was immediately entranced. Maggie Stiefvater is an inspiration, yes because her books are brilliant but also because she’s incredibly funny and reading her Twitter feed always lifts me up when I’m having a bad day. I waited for three hours in line to meet her for like two minutes at YALC in 2016. Totally worth it.
10. Leigh Bardugo
I first read Leigh Bardugo’s books last year and plan on devouring the rest of them this year. I admire Leigh Bardugo because her Six of Crows duology is so amazing and inclusive and her Grisha Trilogy has sold over a million copies-no mean feat for an author! As well as her writing being incredible, her sense of style is pretty awesome too (and totally matches the aesthetic of her books, which pleases me greatly). She also includes disabled characters in her books, which is wonderful considering the awful lack of representation of disability in YA fiction.
Originally published at https://www.thenationalstudent.com.