Almost every time I do an interview I get the question, "Who is your favorite writer?" I have a hard time answering, because there are so many.
The following list isn't ranked in any way, but here are some of my favorites. They span all sorts of genres, so there's something there for everyone. I intend to post a list every now and then, highlighting other great writers, so keep your eyes open!
Christy Elkins writes books for children, but has also written some fantastic books for adults. Parallell, Unchanged, and Lilac Hill are all amongst my favorites. She'll be releasing a new novel soon called Swim, and that is also a great book. Her books are suspenseful, and they often contain a twist I couldn't guess. I love being surprised by books!
Chris J. Randolph writes science fiction and fantasy, often with a sense of humor that makes it impossible to put the books down. His books about Vengar the Barbarian - The King, His Son, Their Sorcerer, and His Lover, and The Salvaged Sword of Vengar - are my favorites, but I also love Stars Rain Down. He has written a couple of others that I have yet to read, but I hope to get to it soon.
Liza O'Connor is also hilarious. Worst Week Ever starts a series of books about hard-working, clever, middle-class Carrie who has the worst week of her life at the same time as her boss - egotistical billionaire Trent Lancaster - decides his life is a disaster without her and he must ensure she can never leave his side. It doesn't sound all that funny when I say it, but it is, and if you read the first book you'll be yearning to read the others to see what happens. I have also read Liza's Saving Casey and loved it.
Tiffine Helmer writes romance set in Alaska. The books are unpredictable, funny, and addictive. Moosed-up is my favorite. It's about a nurse who moves to Alaska to run a medical clinic in a remote town. That's more difficult than it sounds, because a local moose takes a liking to her yard. She tries to scare if away by throwing apples at it, and the moose thinks that's fantastic. Apples, what a delicacy! It also steals her underwear. Too funny!
Chasing Love. I had never read a memoir before and didn't know what to expect. Her story is gripping, and I read the entire book in one sitting. This fantastic woman shares the story of her life as she travels to closed South Africa to make a documentary of Apartheid - naturally saying they're not making a documentary at all - moves to Israel, and experiences both frightening and pleasant adventures in all corners of the world. Then, her son travels to India and disappears.
Linda Ann Rentschler has written a number of books. I haven't read all of them, but I have loved the ones I did read. State of Disgrace is my favorite. It's hilarious! The main character has lived a protected life and decides to see the world. Accepting employment at a men's magazine seems like a suitable first step to widen her views, and she's soon impersonating a nun to save a former hooker from jail.
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