A Long List

Hey folks, hello from Port Aransas and vacation! If you’re wondering where Port Aransas is, it’s a small beach town on Mustang Island outside Corpus Christi.

It’s been a little odd, but because of the pandemic we’ve been going to the beach at 6 am and staying there until noon, when people start to really show up. They’re all getting too close for comfort, and honestly? I like the beach empty. It makes it easier to pretend I’m insanely wealthy and live on a private island.

Now, I was going to go more on about my vacation and how wonderful it is, but something came across my feed when I was sitting at home. If you’re personal friends with me on Facebook, you may have seen this post.

We aren’t going to get into all the issues with JK Rowling right now, but this tweet was just…wow. I don’t even know what to say. I’m not sure what she was trying to say here. Some people think she meant “as widely known,” but that isn’t even true. Did she mean children and middle grade authors? Not true either.

So, I decided to use the highly scientific tool of Facebook to poll my friends. I gathered all their favorite female authors who had works published prior to 1997 (when the first Harry Potter book was published) into a list here for you, with some additions. Well, I meant to ask them that specifically, but I wasn’t specific, so if you commented and your favorite is missing, I promise that’s the only reason why. The links all go to their Amazon pages with their works.


Jane Austen
Mary Shelley (Sorry, for some reason Amazon doesn’t have a page for her? Which I’m very surprised about.)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Diane Duane
Ursula K. LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey
Andre Norton
Emily Bronte
Charlotte Bronte
Anne Bronte
Judy Blume
Louise Fitzhugh
Beverly Cleary
Mercedes Lackey
Robin Hobb
S.E. Hinton
E.L. Konigsburg
Toni Morrison
Flannery O’Connor
Louisa May Alcott
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Carolyn Keene (A note about Carolyn: it’s common knowledge this is actually a pseudonym for many writers, mostly female, who wrote under this name. There were some men, but most books were written by women.)
Ann M. Martin
Madeline L’Engle
Sheri S. Tepper
Cornelia Funke
Anne Rice
Dorothy Parker
Molly Ivins
George Sand (nom de plume for Amantine Dupin)
George Eliot
Baroness Orczy
Agatha Christie
C.L. Moore
Zora Neale Hurston
Maya Angelou
Betty Smith
Amy Tan
Barbara Kingsolver
Mary Stewart

There are so many more. I had to force myself to not include every single one I knew, but this is a good starting list.

Read more women.

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