There is a hashtag trending – #TenWomenAuthors – whereupon folks name ten women authors who’ve inspired and amazed. I thought I’d add my ten in this article. Now, I could just keep adding and adding, but I’ve picked ones which had a particular influence on me in one way or another as I was exploring literature.
Tanith Lee – The first lady of dark fantasy as far as I’m concerned.
C.J Cherryh – Whose Foreigner books are a milestone to culture building and the power of diplomacy.
C. L. Moore – Who shattered so many boundaries, and who’s Jirel stories will always have an honored space on my shelves.
Leigh Brackett – Planetary romance? Check. Howard Hawks’ favorite screenwriter. Check.
Christa Faust – Torrid tales from the pulp underground.
Caitlin R. Kiernan – Chronicler of the deep histories.
P.D. James – My first lady of crime.
Sara Paretsky – On these mean streets, she charted the way for so many others.
Pat Cadigan – Still blowing minds all of these years.
Margaret Weis – My first real introduction to epic fantasy.
Now, I could keep adding: Elizabeth Bear, Cherie Priest, Elizabeth Moon, Jacqueline Carey, Kate Orman, Gemma Files… I could keep going. And who knows who will added to this roster in the future. I just hope this encourages folks to dig into these author’s work.