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There’s something wonderful about getting in on the ground floor of an author’s career–about being one of the first people to read and admire them, before they became famous best-sellers.
Which authors have you been lucky enough to discover at the very beginning of their careers?
And, if you’ve never had that chance, which author do you WISH you’d been able to discover at the very beginning?
There are three authors who spring to mind here:
Kelley Armstrong is the author of the awesome Women of the Otherworld series, which began in 2001 with Bitten, and I got in on the ground floor, reading it the year it was published. I was blown away. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be the first in a series (and I’m pretty sure I’ve read somewhere that Kelley has said that it was originally going to be a stand-alone novel, but it was received so well that she was asked if she would consider writing a sequel). I recommend her all the time and I’ve yet to hear anyone who has taken my recommendation give anything other than a glowing report when they’re done!
And she doesn’t just write supernatural/paranormal fiction either – there are the wonderful Nadia Stafford series, focussing on an ex-cop-turned-hit-woman. On top of that, Armstrong has taken care of young adult audiences with the Darkest Power series.
One thing all Armstrong’s books have in common is the empowerment of women – all her females are feisty, or at least have a bit of bite to them. No wimpish damsels in distress on her pages!
Simon Scarrow‘s first Roman Legion novel was published in 2000 and I managed to pick up a copy very cheaply. I was hooked from the start and found myself eagerly awaiting sequels. I’ve collected them all as they’ve been published and cannot get enough of Cato and Macro.
The novels are incredibly well researched and the writing is gritty and real.I’ve been on campaign with the Roman legions for ten years now and I cannot see a time in the future when I will not want to be!
I also have the Revolution series (set during the Napoleonic war), but I haven’t read them yet. I plan to rectify that very soon!
Stuart MacBride is the third author I caught at the beginning. MacBride burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2005 with Cold Granite and has terrorized the city of Aberdeen* with macabre murders ever since. Each novel has been even better than the last, and seeing as how Cold Granite is absolutely bloody brilliant, that should give you a great example of just how fantastic the other books are!
The Logan McRae books are doubly wonderful to me, as I live in Aberdeen and recognise all the locations, but anyone not familiar with the Granite City will love them too (my Grom adores the books, grisly and gruesome as they can be, despite not being too familiar with the city itself).
Not content with nailing the Aberdonian crime underworld, MacBride has also written a novella set in America (Sawbones) and grappled with a near-future Glasgow in the sci-fi-crime thriller Halfhead (under the name Stuart B MacBride). Both are brilliant.
Now that I’ve told you all about these fabulous authors, I fully expect to be inundated with comments filled with heartfelt gratitude for turning people onto them. Go on – get thee to thy nearest book repository and read thy fill!
* It’s worth mentioning that I’ve met Mr MacBride several times now and he strikes me as a very nice man. He even came along to our book group when we were discussing one of his books and joined in all the chatter while happily signing our copies.