I have several favorite authors (and an illustrator) who aren’t listed on Follow That Author because when they post, it’s not necessarily about writing. I still find them interesting (don’t you ever wonder what your favorite authors do other than write? I thought so. Me too.).
First, the illustrator:
Nathan Hale is amazing. He’s written and illustrated The Devil You Know, a fun children’s book. If you’ve read Shannon (and Dean) Hale’s Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack, you’ve seen his artwork. It’s spectacular. Every week-day, he posts comics on his website. And speaking of Hales….
Shannon Hale (no relation to Nathan Hale)
Shannon Hale is incredible. Have you heard of Princess Academy? That’s the first of her books that I read, and for a long time it was one of my all-time favorite books (still is, come to think of it…). She also wrote Book of A Thousand Days and the Books of Bayern series.
You’ve heard of Disney’s movie The Princess and the Frog. Please tell me you’ve also heard about E. D. Baker’s book, The Frog Princess? If not, you should check it out – it’s the inspiration behind Disney’s movie. While the movie was incredible, it’s nothing like the book. Seriously. And if you like this book, you’ll be glad to know that it’s the first of eight books, each as fascinating as the last! She’s also written two books outside of the Frog series, Wings and The Wide-Awake Princess.
(This author’s sneaky. She has a website separate from her blog site.)
Whenever I think of Jessica Day George, I think of dragons. Her Dragon Slippers trilogy… and Princess of the Midnight Ball… and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow… words aren’t enough. I think of Jessica Day George, and I think of magical places in distant times. And knitting.
Brandon Mull’s books are magical. There’s no other word for it. He finished the Fablehaven series, and is ready to begin again with Beyonders! I just love his books’ covers!
I discovered Sara Beth Durst when another author (I don’t remember who) mentioned her in a blog post. I got curious and searched, and was glad I did! I plan to read Ice, but it will be fantastic if Into the Wild and Out of the Wild are anything to judge by! Speaking of wild, if you enjoy fairy tales, you’ll love these!
Crafty Auntie is a website devoted to various crafts. That said, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, that it took me this long to add the extraordinary (self-proclaimed) Yarn-Harlot to this page. Her website rarely mentions writing – but she shows off her various and sundry (yes, that’s redundant, but the words sound good right by each other) knitting projects. She is an incredible knitter. Read her books. Chances are, if you’re spending time on this website, you’ll love them. They’re all about knitting, by the way. In case you couldn’t guess. (I’ve only read two or three, but they are hilarious!)