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I'm going to think of this as "authors for whom I'm thankful," in no particular order.
The Hunger Games is my all-time favorite series, and I think her genius is unparalleled. She's given YA readers everywhere a strong, vibrant, resilient heroine to admire -- and that's something we could use a lot more of.
2. Laini Taylor: Her world-building and storytelling are spectacular. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is also one of my favorite reads, featuring another fabulous heroine. There's something magical about Laini's writing, and our world can always use a little more magic.
3. J.K. Rowling: Speaking of magic, right? I think she holds the credit for getting me into the fantasy genre, and giving my reading a voracious drive. I was always a reader, but it was sort of aimless and listless, until J.K. Rowling introduced me to a whole new world with her magical series.
Twilight, and I have no idea how I would feel about it now, but Stephenie Meyer holds all the credit for getting me into the YA genre -- which, as you can see, is where I live now. She also taught me a lot about the kind of characters who can get inside your head and make you love them and hate them and debate them and want to know more about them even after you've turned the final page.
5. Maggie Stiefvater: Both the Shiver series and The Scorpio Races are gorgeous feats of lyricism and storytelling. She's another writer who can make you believe her characters are living, breathing human beings -- and that's something that invests you in a story like nothing else can. Her beautiful, lyrical prose has inspired me to be a better writer.
7. Kody Keplinger: Kody is young and talented and fearless. She uses not only her books but her blog to take a stand on the issues that plague our community and society as whole. I really admire her honesty and class and bravery, and most of all her willingness to intelligently tackle issues that scare off even the most indomitable veteran.
9. Julie Kagawa: Julie is awesome, basically. She's fierce and fearless (rumor has it she wields a mean nunchuck), and writes fabulous novels. I was a huge fangirl when I first started blogging (still am, obviously) and I asked if she might do an interview -- never expecting even an acknowledgement of my existence -- when, much to my surprise, she said sure (this was me: O_O). That was my first realization of what an amazing community the YA blogosphere is. YA authors are accessible like no other, and are always willing to make their biggest fan's day. She also introduced me to the fey, which are now my favorite supernatural creatures -- and about which I'm writing my NaNoWriMo novel!
Mara Dyer before it even had a cover and now we talk on a pretty regular basis. No Thanksgiving author fest would be complete without her.
What authors would be at your Thanksgiving author fest? What about them makes you thankful?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!