Ten: Outstanding Author Websites

We’ve talked about author blogs here before, but often the blog is only part of a website full of book and author information, extra resources, writing advice, and other materials. This week’s Ten highlights author websites that present truly exceptional content.

Neil Gaiman
Author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book
Love Gaiman’s work? Wondering what he’s up to lately (really, it could be just about anything)? Stop by his website to read his journal, find out where he is, talk about his books, or access his collection of online video, short stories, essays, and other works.

Madeleine L’Engle
Author of A Wrinkle in Time
L’Engle passed away in 2007, but her official site has been kept up with lots of information about the author and her books, as well as links to the Tesser Well social media project.

Margaret Peterson Haddix
Author of Takeoffs and Landings and The Missing series
Some of the information is a bit out of date, but the FAQs for each novel are a great idea, and the Writing a Report? Start Here page is worth a read, report or no.

The Clockwork Foundry (Kate Milford)
Author of The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands
If you haven’t read Milford’s work, yet, and you like historical fiction or folklore, pick up The Boneshaker the next time you’re at the library. In the meantime, visit the Clockwork Foundry to learn more about the legends and history Milford uses in her novels, or to find out about some of her other projects.

Jane Yolen
Author of the Pit Dragon Trilogy and the How Do Dinosaurs… series
No matter what genre(s) you like, chances are pretty good that you’ve come across something by Jane Yolen. Her website offers specialised resources for writers, teachers, and kids, along with plenty of information about Yolen and her books.

Squeetus (Shannon Hale)
Author of Princess Academy and the Books of Bayern
Shannon Hale’s website looks simple at first, but mouse over the four links in the top right corner of the home screen, and you’ll find heaps of material. My favourite are the individual book pages (samples, reading guides, quizzes, background information) and the book recommendations (under Shannon).

Kenneth Oppel
Author of the Silverwing series and the Airborn series
Kenneth Oppel offers a beautiful site full of bonus materials to go with his books, a section devoted to ideas for environmentally responsible living, and all sorts of interesting information about Oppel and how he writes.

Wendy Mass
Author of Every Soul a Star and Jeremy Fink & the Meaning of Life
Though not as high tech as some of the others, Wendy Mass’s website still has loads to offer. Explore the Books section for summaries, awards and reviews for each title, the Resources section for classroom tools, and the Author Pals section to discover some of Mass’s favourite authors and recommended books.

Philip Pullman
Author of the His Dark Materials series
Pullman’s site will have you chasing rabbit trails all afternoon. Make sure to check the links at the top and the bottom of the page to catch interviews, essays and articles, answers to fan-submitted questions, and a discussion forum.

R.L. LaFevers or Robin LaFevers
Author of the Theodosia series and the His Fair Assassin series
The first site is for LaFevers’ middle grade novels, the second for her young adult series. The second site has been updated much more recently, but the first has more content, including articles, resources to go with her books, and a considerable collection of writing advice.

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