I read across a variety of genres. This is probably no surprise; most writers are voracious readers. What may be surprising is how many independent authors’ work I read. I define an independent author as one who is with a small press or self-published, or some hybrid of the two (this is the category into which I fall with my own works). Thing is, there are some amazing authors out there who, though they may not be part of the Big 5, put out some quality work. I am going to share some of them here.
In the interest of disclosure, I will tell you that I have gotten to know these folks either in person or on-line directly as a result of their writing. I am not receiving any sort of remuneration for these mentions; they are strictly my opinion. In fact, none of them will know they were mentioned unless they see this post.
The first author is Jaimey Grant, whose favored genre is sweet Regency romance. Jaimey’s books feature characters in challenging situations that put a twist on the usual Regency tale. One of the things that I find most fun about her books is that, while they can all stand alone, major characters from one tale feature as minor players in others; she builds a community with her stories. Highly recommended titles are Heartless and Deception.
Then there’s Maggie Secara. Maggie does historical fiction and historical fantasy, and she literally wrote the book on being a Renaissance Faire performer. It’s hard to pick just one title to recommend, but I’d start with The Dragon Ring. It’s the first book in her Harper Errant series, and you’ll be drawn in from the first page as folk musician Ben Harper tries to figure out what Oberon, King of Faerie, wants with him.
Finally, Anthony Francis writes the brilliant Dakota Frost novels. The urban fantasy series takes place in modern-day Atlanta, where mythical creatures and humans live not quite side-by-side. Dakota Frost’s magical tattoos come to life! Anthony’s newest book is Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine, a fabulous steampunk adventure.
I hope you will check out some of these titles, as well as the work of other independent authors.