Monday, 2 December 2013

Female authors of gothic, horror, fantasy & science fiction (part 6)

In our penultimate blog for this series, the heart of the 60s brings us some authors that may have slipped under your radar and one that most definitely won’t have:

Jacqueline Carey (1964-) - Jacqueline has written a trilogy of trilogies known as Kushiel’s Legacy (2001-2011) along side others like The Sundering series (2004-2005). Although I haven’t read them, there appears to be themes of fantastical alternative histories and religious imagery, such as Angels, Saints, Martyrs, etc.

Caitlin R Kiernan (1964-) - As well as being a published palaeontologist, Caitlin is the author of dark fantasy and sci-fi novels, comics, novellas and short stories and some would add ‘weird fiction’ for her The Red Tree (2009). I know her best for having scripted The Dreaming (1996-2001), a wonderful comics series spin-off from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman world.

J K Rowling aka Robert Galbraith (1965-) - You must all have heard of J K Rowling, author of the massive Harry Potter series (1997-2007). A true rags to riches story, Jo is leading by example by giving huge amounts of her newfound wealth to charity. Controversially, her latest novel The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) was written under a male pseudonym to try to get some distance from her now very famous real name.

Trudi Canavan (1969-) - The Australian fantasy novelist supported herself initially as a graphic designer. Trudi’s career received an injection when she the Aurealis Best Fantasy Short Story award for Whispers of the Mist Children (1999). I know her best for the successful The Black Magician Trilogy (2001-2003). Apparently Trudi received a seven figure sum from Orbit to write a prequel and sequel to that series, which goes to show that writing CAN pay and doesn’t have to rely on building a franchise (like Potter, not that there’s anything wrong with that either)!

As always, feel free to leave comments. Next week will be our last in this series, showcasing the youngest authors on my list.

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