A quartet of M authors demonstrates how marvelous women authors can be.
Anne McCaffrey is one of those authors who can be a gateway into getting readers into the genre. (I remember reading the Harpers Hall books as a teen.) Were you surprised to find her books were science fiction instead of fantasy? I read her Pern books and her Talent series, and I still have a stack of them in my collection. Learn more about this late great author on her website (which appears to be maintained by her son), Wikipedia, and Amazon.
Next up is my favorite author: Patricia McKillip. I love her poetic style and the sense of wonder her works evoke. What’s especially impressive about McKillip is her ability to write so many standalones. If I had to pick a favorite book of hers, I’d probably say The Sorceress and the Cygnet. Ironically, that one has a sequel. I was fortunate enough to meet her at WisCon a few years ago and get her autograph. Learn more about her on Wikipedia and find her work on Amazon.
I’ve met Mary Anne Mohanraj at conventions, and we’re friends on Facebook. She’s a very friendly person, and she posts gorgeous pictures of the parties she hosts, complete with food. Mohanraj helped found the Strange Horizons e-zine and has written several works, including The Stars Change. She, like McKillip, is a former WisCon Guest of Honor. Learn more about her and her work on her website, Wikipedia, and Amazon.
WisCon is a great place to meet women authors, incuding Lyda Morehouse. I remember meeting her there several years ago, though I don’t remember when exactly. She writes Madison-based urban fantasy under the name Tate Hallaway, but I prefer the originality of her LINK Angel series, which blends computers with religion. Learn more about her and her work on her website, Wikipedia, and Amazon.
Did I omit your favorite M author? (Yes, I know I didn't list Robin McKinley; I omitted her for the sake of brevity.) Please list her in the comments below.