Step aside, boys. March is all about the women.
At Nymeria, we’re all about celebrating and uplifting the amazing female writers who make up the backbone of our community. Whether it’s purposeful prose or masterful mysteries, women have long been some of the world’s best storytellers and the authors of classic and lauded works.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve put together a list of our favorite badass women who are pumping out pure magic when they put pen to paper. Check out our picks below and let us know your faves on Facebook and Instagram!
Why we love her: Though relatively new to the writing world, Brit has already left her mark with some powerful and thought-provoking novel. Not one to shy away from tough topics, her writing provides a raw and vulnerable look into issues like abortion, mental illness, and racial identity.
Our picks: The Mothers, The Vanishing Half
Why we love her: While her early work included three non-fiction works about her time in Africa, Delia’s first and only work of fiction (so far) blew us away. Her masterful character development and beautiful prose will whisk you away into the world she has created in her novel.
Our picks: Where the Crawdads Sing
Sarah J. Maas
Why we love her: Sarah is one of our favorite women in fantasy and her debut Throne of Glass series put her high on our list of favorites. With her fascinating characters and vast world building, you’ll never be bored with one of her books in your hands.
Our picks: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Why we love her: Few authors are doing it quite like Kristin Hannah. Whether she’s writing about WWII-era France or the Great Plains of America, you’ll be sucked into the pages of her novels as she takes you on a often-emotional, but always inspiring, ride.
Our picks: The Nightingale, Firefly Lane, The Four Winds
Why we love her: What we love most about Ruta is her commitment to spotlighting and giving a voice to those whose stories might be lost to history, otherwise. As the daughter of a refugee, she knows the importance of telling everyone’s story and highlights oft-forgotten communities in her work.
Our picks: Between Shades of Gray, Salt to the Sea
Why we love her: We couldn’t forget the poets! Sarah is one of the poets who inspires us most. Her poems take you along a journey of self-discovery as she explores topics like family, love, travel, and history.
Our picks: No Matter the Wreckage, The Type
Why we love her: Not one to shy away from controversy, Alice inspires us to tackle dark subjects with power. Her novels focus on topics like rape, murder, and familial unrest in a way that is unsettling and fascinating at the same time.
Our picks: The Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon
Why we love her: Rainbow’s stories are as insightful as they are whimsical and fun. Focusing on young adult characters and themes, her novels are relatable for everyone as they tackle the wonders and fears we all experienced as kids.
Our picks: Fangirl, Carry On
Laurie Halse Anderson
Why we love her: We love Laurie for the strong and unique voice that defines every single one of her novels. As one of the most prolific writers on this list, her diverse body of works offers something for everyone.
Our picks: Winter Girls, Speak
Why we love her: Capturing what it means to be a young adult can be difficult, but Lauren navigates it with ease. Her characters take you inside their emotions and thoughts, providing a mirror to the experiences most of us have had at one point in our lives.
Our picks: Before I Fall, Vanishing Girls
Why we love her: Jennifer makes our list for a lot of reasons, but it is her willingness to explore topics like body image and mental health that has endeared her to us most. Her masterful writing takes you inside the minds of her characters and forces you to think about her subject matter in a new way — something we think we could all stand to do a little more.
Our picks: All the Bright Places, Holding Up the Universe