Welcome to the Read For Pixels “Meet The Authors” section where you can learn more about the award-winning bestselling authors who who will be taking part in the 6th annual International Women’s Day Edition of the 2020 Read For Pixels campaign.
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ALWYN HAMILTON was born in Toronto and grew up in a small town in France, before leaving to study History of Art at King’s College. She made use of her degree working for an auction house and now lives in London. Alwyn’s New York Times-bestselling debut, Rebel Of The Sands, was published in 16 territories. Alwyn was named the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Debut Author. Her next book, The Notorious Virtues releases in May 2020.
ALYSSA SHEINMEL is the bestselling author of several novels for young adults including R.I.P. Eliza Hart, Faceless and Second Star. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. She lives in Brooklyn. Follow Alyssa on Instagram and Twitter @AlyssaSheinmel or visit her online at alyssasheinmel.com.
ANNA STEPHENS is the author of the Godblind trilogy, Godblind, Darksoul, and Bloodchild. A literature graduate, Anna loves all things speculative, from Doctor Who and Firefly to classic Hammer and Universal horror films and beyond. As a beginner in Historical European Martial Arts, with a focus on Italian longsword, and a second Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, she’s no stranger to the feeling of being punched (or stabbed) in the face, which is more help than you would expect when writing fight scenes.
CLAIRE LEGRAND is the New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn. She is also the author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, and Winterspell, among others. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
JENNIFER CRUSIE is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of twenty novels (including Anyone But You, Maybe This Time, Crazy for You, and Agnes and The Hitman), one book of literary criticism, miscellaneous articles, essays, novellas, and short stories, and the editor of three essay anthologies. She lives in a cottage in New Jersey surrounded by deer, bears, foxes, and dachshunds, where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
Jennifer’s long-form Read For Pixels blog interview will be published in March 2020.
Learn more about Jennifer at https://jennycrusie.com/.
KAT HOWARD writes novels, short stories, and comics, usually in the realm of dark fantasy. Her most recent novel, An Unkindness of Magicians, won an Alex Award. She teaches in the MFA program at Western Colorado University and lives in New Hampshire.
KENNEDY RYAN is a RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller who writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Modern Mom Magazine, Frolic Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on several media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.
MARIA LEWIS is an author, journalist and screenwriter based in Sydney, Australia. Her best-selling debut novel Who’s Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon. Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and won Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the shared supernatural universe – The Wailing Woman – was released in November, 2019.
MAYA RODALE began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a frequent contributor to NPR Books, The Huffington Post, Bustle and more. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and The End of Time, The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes and The Gilded Wolves. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Buzzfeed and more. Chokshi lives in Georgia, but doesn’t have much of a Southern accent. Alas. Her next book, The Silvered Serpents, will be released in September 2020.
SARAH KUHN is the author of the Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut, I Love You So Mochi, is a Junior Library Guild selection and a nominee for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Additionally, she wrote Shadow of the Batgirl for DC Comics and was a finalist for the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.
The Read For Pixels International Women’s Day Live YouTube Author Panels
As part of the Read For Pixels International Women’s Day 2020 YouTube Live series, The Pixel Project will be holding the 3rd and 4th Read For Pixels livestream panel sessions.
Multi-author panel sessions are a feature of the Read For Pixels programme created to be an accessible resource for writers interested in writing about female characters and approaching themes such as misogyny, sexism, gender, and violence against women with depth, empathy, and accuracy.
Creating Teachable Moments: Writing about Violence Against Women, Sexism, and Misogyny in Young Adult Fantasy Novels in the Age of #MeToo
Award-winning bestselling YA authors Kendare Blake, P.C. Cast, and Tamora Pierce will discuss writing violence against women in YA books, how YA books can help create watercooler moments for young people to talk about sexism, misogyny, and violence against women, and techniques for writing YA fantasy without dehumanising female characters.
This live panel session will take place on March 7th, 2020 (Saturday). Bookmark the YouTube Live page here.
KENDARE BLAKE is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series, the Anna Dressed in Blood duology, and the Goddess War trilogy. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, WA with two dogs, two cats, and her husband.
P.C. CAST is a bestselling and award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. With her daughter Kristin Cast, she is the author of the House of Night franchise of books which is currently in production as live-action TV series. Cast was born in the Midwest, and as a girl fell in love with mythology. After high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force, then taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Cast’s novels are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and have been awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath.
TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and YA novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. In 2013, she won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”
It Ain’t A Mystery: Writing about Violence Against Women, Sexism, and Misogyny in Mystery & Crime Novels in the Age of #MeToo
Acclaimed Mystery/Crime authors Charlaine Harris, Dana Cameron and Laurie R. King will be discussing violence against women in the Crime/Mystery genre and techniques for writing in the genre without dehumanising female characters, how to subvert toxic gender stereotypes, and avoiding falling back on tired sexist tropes.
This live panel session will take place on March 28th, 2020 (Saturday). Bookmark the YouTube Live page here.
CHARLAINE HARRIS is a true daughter of the South. Born in Mississippi, she has lived in Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas. Her career as a novelist began in 1981 with her first book, a conventional mystery. Since then, she’s written urban fantasy, science fiction, and horror including the Southern Vampires series which became the hit HBO series, True Blood. In addition to over thirty full-length books, she has written numerous short stories and three graphic novels in collaboration with Christopher Golden. She has featured on bestseller lists many times, and her works have been adapted for three (soon to be five) television shows. Charlaine now lives at the top of a cliff on the Brazos River with her husband and two rescue dogs. She has three children and two grandchildren.
DANA CAMERON writes across many genres, but especially crime and speculative fiction. Her work, inspired by her career in archaeology, has won multiple Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards, and has been nominated for the Edgar Award. Dana’s Emma Fielding archaeology mysteries were optioned by Muse Entertainment; the third movie, based on MORE BITTER THAN DEATH, premiered on the Hallmark Movie & Mystery Channel in January, 2019. When she’s not traveling or visiting museums, she’s usually yelling at the TV about historical inaccuracies.
Laurie R. King
LAURIE R. KING is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels and many other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2020’s Riviera Gold ). She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.