Favorite Female Authors

I did not give myself the proper amount of time to prepare a comprehensive list of my favorite female authors but some spotlight is better than no spotlight! (As I write this the dogs are staring at me indicating that it is meal time human, but in fact I still have 15 minutes so let’s do this!)

  1. Robin Hobb – Okay, so I’m only two books into the Farseer trilogy and have not read any of her other series BUT she has firmly cemented her place as one of my favorite authors OFF ALL TIME. If you love tightly woven world building and great characters, there is no way you’ll go wrong picking up a Hobb book.
  2. Anne Bishop – I like DARK things and Bishop certainly knows how to deliver if you’ve read her Black Jewels trilogy. (I still have to read the following trilogies in the same line.) I’ve had the first book to her other series, The Others, sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now. Time to crack that baby open this year.
  3. Ilona Andews – Okay so this is couple that writes as a team, but one half of that team is female! They have not written a book I didn’t like so far. Urban fantasy at it’s finest.
  4. Patricia Briggs – Another urban fantasy author that I adore. She’s also done some epic fantasy of which, I’ve only read one book but I loved it too. She writes great characters and builds some very interesting worlds.
  5. Leigh Bardugo – YA fantasy isn’t really my jam but I forget about that when it comes to Bardugo. Her writing is poetic, her world building always top notch, and she creates characters you get attached to. If you’re going to break your YA ban, I recommend doing it for her.


Well the wolves are howling to be fed now (even though I finished this 5 minutes earlier than expected) so I should probably do something about that before I get bit. (Totally joking, they only bite when your fingers are covering too much of the biscuit you’re trying to hand them.)

Who are YOUR favorite female authors??


25 thoughts on “Favorite Female Authors

  1. I have a warm spot in my heart for Ursula Le Guin – her Earthsea cycle was a firm favourite of mine as I was growing up… RIP

    “When you light a candle, you also create a shadow”

  2. My favourite female authors are (unsurprisingly) comic book writers, I highly recommend anything by – Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Jill Thompson and Marguerite Bennett.

  3. To my own shame I just realised I haven’t read a whole lot of female authors. Not by choice, it just seems to of rolled that way. However I read Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood a few years back on a flight to the UK and LoVED it. What is Urban Fantasy? Is it just what it sounds like? I’ve never heard of that as a genre only as a mind set. Example my neighbour, in our urban area, seems to have a fantasy of being some kind of dog whisperer. Haha. He’s far from it though and his dog ignores him or runs away from him to come to our place any chance it gets.

    1. I don’t generally even pay attention to gender of author when choosing books, but looking at it I definitely read more male authors so that is one more reason I wanted to do this celebration. Urban fantasy is essentially like epic fantasy except it’s set in this world. So no realms to learn about, just how magic works in said story in whatever city it’s set in. One popular example would be the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

      1. Ahh I see Re Urban fantasy.
        In regards to authors I generally choose by the cover art and/or name first then read the blurb. So in actual fact I tend to judge a book by its cover haha

      2. I definitely do too lol. BUT with urban fantasy I’ve learned that you cannot. My favorite UF authors, Ilona Andrews that I mentioned, have the WORST covers. A lot of times I read them on the kindle because I’m embarrassed to be seen holding that monstrosity lmao.

  4. Awwww Yeeeaaahhh, Leigh Bardugo! šŸ˜€ ā¤
    I'm really in love with Laini Taylor's writing, too, of course. šŸ™‚
    I think like 95% of the female authors I've read are all YA writers (no shame in it, just sayin') so reading your list really makes me want to branch out some more and try some more "adult" female writers as well. šŸ™‚

    1. I really wanted to make a longer list but definitely did not give myself enough time. There very well may end up being a “Favorite Female Authors Part 2.” I really think you would like Robin Hobb.

      1. I’ll have to give her a read some time. You have yet to ever steer me wrong. šŸ™‚
        And all of the yes to a part 2 for female authors. That would be awesome. šŸ˜€

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