Writing a book is difficult, so writing a lot of books? It’s impressive. But write a lot of different books, in a lot of different genres, across formats and age categories? I am amazed. While I think there is nothing wrong with writers staying in the same genre or age category, I have a lot of respect for writers who jump into genres and are able to write. good for audiences of all ages. Writing a picture book isn’t the same as writing an adult fantasy novel (a picture book can be more difficult, actually), and in addition to the challenges of crafting, there are also the unique challenge of being published in all genres and categories. Most readers would assume that if you’ve been posted once, it’s easier to be re-posted, but it’s not. It can be even more difficult and risky for some writers to release something completely new, and hope that their existing audience will follow suit, or that they will find a new audience.
I am amazed by the authors who have made their names in multiple areas of publishing, and who continue to keep readers on their toes by changing their fashion! If you like to read extensively, check out these ten multifaceted authors!
Jacqueline Woodson is one of America’s greatest living writers, and she has more than enough accolades to prove it. She has received the National Book Award (and has been shortlisted several times), Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, Hans Christian Anderson Award, Margaret A. Edwards Award, and is a MacArthur Fellow, as well as numerous other distinctions. . She is known primarily for her intermediate and YA level work, but she also writes adult literary fiction, picture books, and poetry. Start with Brown Girl Dreaming (intermediate-level verse memory), If You Come Softly (YA), Red at the Bone (adult fiction), or The Day You Begin (picture book).
What’s exciting about Sarah Gailey is that although they haven’t (yet!) Published a great number of works, they are masters in the art of the genre and their work has the hooks. the most intriguing. They won the Locus, Hugo and Nebula Awards for River of Teeth, an alternative history novel that imagines what the United States would have looked like if Congress had implemented a plan to bring hippos to the south. Since then, they have published more novels and short stories for adults as well as a YA novel. For adults, Magic for Liars is a fantasy / mystery and The Echo Wife is a sci-fi / domestic thriller. YA readers will enjoy When We Were Magic, about a group of teenage girls who possess magic and what happens when it goes wrong.
Neil Gaiman has written over 50 books and comics, and has received too many awards to list here. Some of its most notable awards include the Bram Stoker Award, Newbery Medal, Carnegie Medal, and Hugo and Nebula. Most of his work is fantasy fiction, although he has also written picture books and non-fiction in addition to numerous comics and short stories. He is the author of the Sandman comics, and along with Terry Pratchett, he wrote Good Omens. Sand seller is a great place to start if you want to read his comics and pick up Stardust (young adult), American Gods (adult), Coraline (intermediate level), Fortunately, Milk (young readers), and Chu’s First Day of School (book of school). ‘images).
Silvia Moreno-Garcia writes adult fiction, but each of her books skips genres and mixes multiple genres in a truly exciting way. Her first foray into publishing was short stories, and she is a writer and editor of strange fiction. She was nominated for the Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker Awards, and she gained huge success with the publication of her horror novel, Mexican Gothic. Many of her books are set in Mexico, where she was born, and they often combine historical fiction with other genres (fantasy, noir, horror) in exciting ways. Start with Gods of Jade and Shadow (fantastic history) or Mexican gothic (horror).
Roxane Gay may be best known for her collection of Bad Feminist essays, but she’s a prolific writer of novels, short stories, non-fiction, and comics. In addition to writing profusely and extensively for magazines and online publications, she is the editor of Gay Mag and has edited essay collections. If you’re looking to explore her work, choose Bad Feminist (essays), Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (memoir), An Untamed State (fiction), Difficult Women (short stories) or World of Wakanda (comedy series, co- written with Yona Harvey).
Stephen graham jones
Stephen Graham Jones is a Native American Blackfeet writer who has written over 20 books and short stories, as well as numerous short stories. He won the Bram Stoker Prize and the Ray Bradbury Prize for his fiction, which ranges from speculation to horror, and his work is widely taught in academia. Pick up The Ones That Got Away (short stories), Mapping the Interior (novel), or The Only Good Indians (horror).
Ursula Vernon / T. Kingfisher
Ursula Vernon is a writer and artist known for her fiction, short stories, and comic book series. Her career began with the children’s series Dragonbreath, and she began publishing under T. Kingfisher to avoid confusing parents and children who appreciated her work for young audiences. His work under the direction of T. Kingfisher is aimed primarily at an audience of young adults and adults, and ranges from fantasy to horror. She is also the creator of the webcomic Excavator, which won a Hugo Award. For works published under Ursula Vernon, start with Hamster Princess (for young readers). For works published under T. Kingfisher, choose The Seventh Bride (fantasy), The Twisted Ones (horror) or The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking (young adult).
Although Akwaeke Emezi has only published since 2018, their work covers genres and age categories, and they have received numerous awards and accolades. Freshwater is their first book, a literary novel that challenges binary definitions of gender and identity. These themes are present in their later works, which include another literary novel (The Death of Vivek Oji), a YA novel (Pet), and a memoir (Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir). Looking ahead to 2022, we can look forward to another YA novel from Emezi and their first romance novel, You made a fool of death with your beauty.
Although Margaret Atwood is best known for The Handmaid’s Tale, a chilling work of dystopian fiction that only became known more with the popular TV adaptation, she has also written extensively in other genres, released short films from fiction and poetry, and even wrote children’s books. . She has won the Governor General’s Award of Canada, the Booker Prize, the Hugo Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and many others. There are many different entry points into his massive work, but take The Handmaid’s Tale (dystopian fiction), Alias Grace (historical crime), or Power Politics (poetry).
Kekla Magoon has published picture books, novels for middle school students and young adults, as well as fiction and non-fiction, in addition to short stories. Many of her books have talked about what it means to be black in America, from the civil rights era to contemporary times, but she’s also the author of heartfelt novels, such as 37 Things I Love. (in no particular order) and the intermediate level adventure, like the Robyn Hoodlum series, which tells Robin Hood in a dystopian setting. Pick up The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy (picture book biography), She Persisted: Ruby Bridges (young readers), The Season of Styx Malone (intermediate level), How It Went Down (young adult) or Revolution in our time: the Black Panther Party’s promise to the people (non-fiction).
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