If you ask anyone who knows me, most if not everyone, would tell you I love a good book. Books AND Star Wars :). My love affair for books began when I started reading romance novels from authors like Kathleen Woodiwiss and Nora Roberts. However, when I came across books by authors of color, I was totally hooked and have been ever since.
So as we continue to honor awesome women for Women’s History month check out my list of 10 dope female authors that I suggest you get into.
I heard about Butler while I was still in college. I was surprised to know there was a black female science fiction writer. There are more but Butler was my introduction to it all. Throughout her writing career, Butler won many awards including the Nebula and Hugo awards for her stories. Butler’s stories pull you into the worlds she created, making you eager to learn what happens next. Lillith’s Brood, a collection of stories, is my favorite.
Through research, after reading Octavia Butler’s stories, I came across Nalo Hopkinson. Hopkinson has Caribbean roots and her stories are science fiction and fantasy. Her books include Brown Girl in The Ring and Midnight Robber. My introduction to Hopkinson was with her collection of short stories titled Falling in Love With Hominids. Her stories inspired a few stories of my own.
Another awesome fiction writer, Okorafor’s stories are African based science fiction and fantasy. She writes for both adults and children. Some titles include Girl with the Magic Hands, Who Fears Death, and the Hugo and Nebula Award winner, Binti. I’ve read Binti and Binti Home, two of her most recent books, and I must say both books were very well written. I even re-read Binti; it was so good.
Author of Americanah, We Should All Be Feminists and a new book, Purple Hibiscus. She’s on my list of authors to check out this year.
Starting out on YouTube, Issa Rae gained a lot of attention with her web series. Her book The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was released in 2015 and since then she’s blown up with the premiere of her show Insecure on HBO. Did I hear you say role model?
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After writing her first novel while still in school, Oyeyemi has gone on to write numerous other novels and stories. The Guardian considers her a rare talent. Her most recent book is What is Not Yours Is Not Yours. I first read about her in either Essence or Ebony magazine (I can’t remember right now). She is on my list of authors to read.
Veteran blogger and activist, Ajayi wrote her book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual, through inspiration from her blog, Awesomely Luvvie. I’m sure you’ve heard of her at one point or another because her book instantly became a bestseller when it was released in 2016.
An urban fiction writer, Mercy B has over 30 titles in her portfolio. Her books have become best sellers and Mercy B also writes under the pen name Grey. In addition to writing, Mercy B helps aspiring writers publish their writing. I am so inspired by Mercy’s hustle and the many women’s stories she helps bring to life. Definitely check her and her work out.
Also known as That Fancy Writer, Em is an up and coming writer who writes urban literature. You can find her stories on Wattpad. She’s also on Instagram and Facebook.
Zakiyrah Ficklin is a New Jersey native who wrote her first book, Her 20 Somethings, as a guide for millennial women who are emotionally and spiritually broken. She’s also founded the H.E.R Foundation to provide resources and help women develop their skills.
If you’re looking for a few authors to add to your reading list, definitely check out books by the ladies I mentioned. What are some authors that you love? Our readers are always looking for a good book to read. So drop your fave books in the comments, we’d love to hear them.