Monday, April 29, 2013
Blogging A to Z: Y is for Young Adult Author
My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.
My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.
What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.
For the full list of participating blogs, click here.
OK, Now I did some searching for Y-named authors and was really grasping at straws. Yes, some "Y" writers exist, but none I was familiar with enough for the list. So, today will be a freebie for a Young Adult authors of influence.
I've already mentioned several YA authors throughout the month, so here are a few more women who are really making a difference in books written for teens:
Malinda Lo: she advocates for diversity in YA fiction--not just cultural, but she pushes for discussion on gender equality, and sexual orientation. She writes YA with a fantasy or paranormal theme.
Kirsten Hubbard: the author of Like Madarin, and Wanderlove, both beautifully written, although quite different. Both explore themes of abandonment, loss, and identity. Wanderlove is a beautiful escape as it details a post-high school grad's trip to South America to find herself. The author travels extensively and it shows in her writing.
Sarah Rees Brennan: I just finished her "Sassy Gothic" Unpsoken, and it is a delight. A strange family in a strange English village, a girl who hears voices in her head...it's spooky-fun. Plus the Irish author is a delight to see in person--I believe she's touring now with mega-author Cassandra Clare.
There are so many more but I'll need more to blog about in the coming year, so I'll save my accolades for book reviews and author features. If you've read any Young Adult fiction, who is an influential woman author you like?