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Female Authors

On more than one occasion, some guy has made the comment that there just aren't many good female authors. To which female readers rise up and go, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" The most egregious was the guy who said the lack of female representation in SFF movies was because there weren't very many good SFF authors.

Because he apaprently isn't aware of J.K. Rowling or Harry Potter.

So I decided to go through my author list and compile the female authors I have read/reviewed. The list is alphabetical by first name, no organization by genre or anything else, because I think that in this way you can see more easily the number of authors who write under their initials, possibly to hide (at least superficially) their gender from readers.

Each name is linked to the page I created for that author, which should contain a list of books by that author I have read, and then a review of those books (some authors don't have reviews, but that number is pretty small).

This is a long list, and I created it by taking the complete list of authors whose books I've read/reviewed and removing the male authors. So it's possible I accidentally left a guy in there. If I note a guy, I'll remove him.

 

Rachel Aaron

Lynn Abbey

Shelley Adina

Isabel Allende

Tasha Alexander

Ilona Andrews *

Josephine Angelini

Kelley Armstrong

Catherine Asaro

Nancy Atherton

 

Camille Bacon-Smith

Pip Ballantine

L.A. Banks

Elizabeth Bear

Lyn Benedict

Susan Bischoff

Anne Bishop

Holly Black

Jenna Black

Heather Blackwood

Deborah Blake

Kendare Blake

Alice Borchardt

Joanna Bourne

Rhys Bowen

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Libba Bray

M.L. Brennan

Marie Brennan

Ann Bridge

Patricia Briggs

Kristen Britain

Meljean Brook

Rita Mae Brown

Emma Bull

 

Rachel Caine

Kristen Callihan

Dana Cameron

Jacqueline Carey

Gail Carriger

Kristin Cashore

Karen Chance

Kristi Charish

KJ Charles

Loretta Chase

Marion Chesney

C.J. Cherryh

Agatha Christie

Cassandra Clare

Susanna Clarke

Suzanne Collins

Kady Cross

Elaine Cunningham

Leah R. Cutter

Julie E. Czerneda

 

Gina Damico

Tessa Dare

Ellen Datlow

Diane Mott Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson

Gail Dayton

Michelle Diener

Carole Nelson Douglas

Sara Douglass

 

Rosemary Edghill

Kate Elliot

P.N. Elrod

Carol Emshwiller

Jennifer Estep

 

Phil & Kaja Foglio *

Karin Fossum

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Esther M. Friesner

Valerie J. Freireich

Jeaniene Frost

 

Diana Gabaldon

Shana Galen

Yasmine Galenorn

Ashley Gardner

A.C. Gaughen

Kelly Gay

Elizabeth George

Tess Gerritsen

Abigail Gibbs

Laura Anne Gilman

Theodora Goss

C.S. Graham

Caroline Graham

Heather Graham

Teresa/Tracy Grant

Sue Grafton

Paula Guran

 

Laurell K Hamilton

Deborah Harkness

C.S. Harris

Charlaine Harris

Kim Harrison

Michele Hauf

Elizabeth Haydon

Lian Hearn

Candice Hern

Georgette Heyer

Leanna Renee Hieber

Robin Hobb

Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Nancy Holder

Sarah A. Hoyt

Anna Lee Huber

Tanya Huff

Kerrie Hughes

C.C. Hunter

Faith Hunter

 

P.D. James

Emma Jameson

J.A. Jance

Alissa Johnson

J.V. Jones

Tamara Siler Jones

Julia Justiss

 

Marguerite Kaye

Anne Kelleher

Faye Kellerman

Carla Kelly

Toni L.P. Kelner

Katherine Kerr

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Nancy Kilpatrick

Laurie R. King

Laura Kinsale

Caitlin Kitteredge

Francis Knight

Kathe Koja

Mary Robinette Kowal

Nancy Kress

Susan Krinard

Katharine Kurtz

Yanni Kuznia

Ellen Kushner

 

Mercedes Lackey

Mur Lafferty

Robin LaFevers

Rachel Lee

Tanith Lee

Ursula K. Le Guin

Donna Leon

Jeannie Lin

Megan Lindholm

Jane Lindskold

Marissa K. Lingen

Kelly Link

Holly Lisle

Denise Little

Marjorie Liu

Morgan Llywelyn

Lisa Lutz

 

Katie MacAlister

Sarah MacLean

Rebecca Maines

Ava March

Melissa Marr

Darlene Marshall

Ann Marston

Sujata Massey

Lish McBride

Seanan McGuire

Juliet E. McKenna

Patricia A. McKillip

Robin McKinley

Bec McMasters

Courtney Milan

Miriam Grace Monfredo

Tee Morris

Janet Morris

Kate Mosse

C.E. Murphy

 

Magdalen Nabb

Sharan Newman

Sharyn November

Naomi Novik

Jody Lynn Nye

 

Pat O'Shea

Nnedi Okorafor

Melissa F. Olson

 

Dru Pagliassotti

Kristen Painter

Cindy Spenser Pape

Sara Paretsky

I.J. Parker

Fiona Patton

Diana L. Paxson

Nicole Peeler

Louise Penny

Anne Perry

Elizabeth Peters

Ellis Peters

Jesse Petersen

Stefanie Pintoff

Cherie Priest

 

Amanda Quick

 

Jennifer Rardin

Ellen Raskin

Melanie Rawn

Deanna Raybourn

Mickey Zucker Reichert

Kathy Reichs

Laura Resnick

Kat Richardson

Candace Robb

J.D. Robb

Jennifer Roberson

Nora Roberts

Madeleine E. Robins

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Michaela Roessner

Moira Rogers

Theresa Romain

Margaret Ronald

Kate Ross

Nina Rowan

Laura Joh Rowland

J.K. Rowling

S.J. Rozan

Karen Russell

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

 

Michelle Sagara

Lilith Saintcrow

Barbara Samuel

Ekaterina Sedia

Lisa See

Nisi Shawl

Lisa Shearin

Delia Sherman

Josepha Sherman

Sharon Shinn

Julie Smith

Sherwood Smith

Midori Snyder

Sheri Cobb South

Julia Spencer-Fleming

Dana Stabenow

Mary Stanton

Jeanne C. Stein

D. E. Stevenson

Caroline Stevermer

Maggie Stiefvater

 

Victoria Thompson

Rob Thurman

Charles Todd *

S.D. Tower

Christine Trent

Megan Whalen Turner

 

Catherynne M. Valente

Genevieve Valentine

Kathleen Valentine

Carrie Vaughn

Katherine Vaz

Lynn Viehl

Paula Volsky

 

Jo Walton

Tammara Webber

Margaret Weis

Phaedra Weldon

Jaye Wells

Martha Wells

Michelle West

Jeri Westerson

Eileen Wilks

Liz Williams

Lauren Willig

Terri Windling

Maryrose Wood

Patricia C. Wrede

Janny Wurts

 

Jane Yolen

Chelsa Quinn Yarbro

Sarah Zettel

 

As of 7/22/2017 the number of female authors on this list is 275. Yes, a couple of women appear twice, because they have pseudonyms, but I think it's fair to list them separately.

* These are authors writing as a male-female pair, either husband-wife or mother-son.