My favorite author discovery of the year was hands-down Nnedi Okorafor.
Because she writes fantastic speculative fiction set in Africa, and critiques all the -isms in really creative, exciting stories. I listened to her novella Binti on audiobook and raved about it in detail. I also read another one of her works, Lagoon, this year and loved it, too.
Another one was Rainbow Rowell. I know, I know, everyone told me so. But, I never really got around to reading her books and this year decided to give her new book Carry On a try. Of course, I loved it. Now, I’m looking forward to reading her backlist, happy I have so many to look forward to. Trying a hyped author or series late does have its upsides!
Catherynne M. Valente, because Radiance was so good and so imaginative. She took the absolute best aspects – decopunk, Hollywood, althistory, space opera! – combined them in one book, and it worked brilliantly. Another author with a backlist for me to discover next year.
Attica Locke because The Cutting Season was one of my absolute faves this year. She’s so strong on atmosphere and setting, delves deep into slavery, racism and delivered a great mystery, too. And apparently she writes for Empire!
And finally, Jeremy Whitley who writes the fantastic Princeless comics and came up with them because he wanted there to be awesome Black girl lead comics for his daughter to read, in which girls don’t need any saving.
What were your favorite author discoveries this year? Let me know in the comments!