Last week it was pointed out to me that there were no indie authors on my list of favourite authors. This isn't because there aren't indie authors I admire and whose works I will buy over and over, but rather it's down to two things 1) most of those I have read only have 1 or 2 books out and 2) the indie movement to me is still relatively new - I had never read any until 2012.
However, I thought this week I would identify those who have aroused my curiosity enough for me to buy more than one of their books and also those whose new releases I am hotly anticipating.
In no particular order
Tracie Banister - author of Blame It on the Fame (very appropriate for Oscars' night - get your copy now - you won't regret it!) and In Need of Therapy. Her next book, I hope will be out later this year.
Samantha-Stroh Bailey - Finding Lucas - I am impatiently awaiting her 2nd novel as this one had me laughing in the way Bridget Jones's diary did. Chick lit.
Meredith Schorr - I've loved Blogger Girl, her latest release and A State of Jane and I downloaded her earlier book, Just Friends With Benefits on Christmas Day, so I have that to read soon. If she releases any more this year, I'll be snapping them up.
Terry Tyler - by far the indie author whose books I have read the most. I know she is working on a new novel at the minute, so I expect to see that later this year. She has had 6 novels and a collection of short stories which I've read and enjoyed. I now can't decide which my favourite is. For a long time it was Nobody's Fault, but I think it might actually be The Other Side. I did, however, particularly enjoy Dream On, the first in her stories about the rock band/TV talent show characters.
Women's fiction (generally - some of them are suitable for men, too)
E J Greenway - I am told the follow-up to Party Games will be out this year. Absolutely loved this book, so very keen to see how it's going to continue.
Political intrigue & relationships, set around Westminster.
Sarah Louise Smith - Amy & Zach & Izzy's Cold Feet - I'd fancied the first book for ages and bought them both at the end of last year. Writing The Christmas Spirit meant I haven't had as much time to read as I would like, so I haven't got around to reading them yet, but it's not often I buy 2 books at the same time, by an author I haven't read. I have a good feeling about these.
N E David - Feria, a comic novella, set in Spain; Carol's Christmas - another novella; and then Birds of the Nile: an Egyptian adventure - all fantastic works. His first novel, Birds of the Nile is my favourite and I would read anything else he writes.
Francine Lasala - I loved The Girl, The Gold Tooth and Everything. It was a bit of a thriller and very sinister. I then downloaded, but haven't had a chance yet to read, her previous novel, Rita Hayworth's Shoes, which I believe is a romance/comedy/mystery.
Cat Lavoie - Breaking the Rules was the first of Cat's books I've read and it had me in stitches. Her recent release, Zoey & The Moment of Zen is on my wishlist.
Whilst not exhaustive, these are just a few of the indie authors who for me merited a second look and I either wasn't disappointed or don't expect to be!
Right, I'm off to read for a bit before the baby wakes up. Would love to hear all about your indie author discoveries.
Catch up soon