And just like that, it’s the end of March. Abra-ca-freaking-dabra.
This post signifies the end of the Top Authors A-Z feature we’ve been doing for the month of March, led by the amazing Shana at Bionic Bookworm. If you’d like to catch up on posts A-T, you can find A-E here, F-J here, K-O here and P-T here.
This might have been a six-author post if I had U or X authors but the other four letters have four awesome authors attached to them. Your cup will overflow-eth.
V – Val McDermid
This lady has a dark mind.
When I was a teenager, I went through a phase of reading psychological horrors and nobody did them better than Val McDermid. Her antagonists were truly the most horrifying, twisted and creative bad guys I’d ever read and although I’m pretty sure at the age I was, I wasn’t the target audience, I was still horrifyingly fascinated.
None of the books I read of hers ever had any magic in them but she still deserves a place on this list for inspiring my nightmares. If you’re into the gory horror genres, Val McDermid is the go-to author!
W – Chris Wooding
Another author who blew my mind as a teenager, Chris Wooding is responsible for producing the epic stories The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray and The Weavers of Saramyr.
Possibly one of the first historical urban fantasy authors to branch out into full-on fantasy (or vice versa), Chris Wooding is ridiculously skilled at world-building. Although I didn’t read nearly enough of his books growing up (can blame the 60 mile round-trip to a mainstream bookstore for that one), I was instantly a fan.
I read his books as a young adult but I’m almost positive that adults are going to love his books too!
Ooops, I don’t have an X either.
Y – Gene Luen Yang
This author isn’t like any others on this list. Gene Luen Yang has contributed substantially to the creation of The Promise, The Search and The Rift. All of these books are graphic novels which carry on the story of Aang, Katara, Sokka and Toff from Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series.
These books are works of art. I’ve got them in hardback and the illustrations are beautiful, not to mention an epic storyline from some truly talented authors. Gene Luen Yang and the team did an amazing job with these books and it won’t be long before me and my husband fork out for the next hardcover collection.
Z – Gosh darnit, I don’t have a Z either.
I actually thought I had a Z for this one, Bridget Zinn. I thought she wrote the book Poison which I loved when I was a teenager. But it turns out that she wrote a completely different book called Poison and Chris Wooding wrote the book I was thinking of. Nevermind, check out Poison if you have the chance because it’s awesome!
So concludes our A-Z of authors. It’s been a great month of looking at all my favourite authors and I hope you’ve found some good reads out of my list. I have no idea what Shana has in store for us next week but I’m sure it’ll be epic.
Thanks for reading!