As a bookblogger, I am always finding time to sit back with a good book. Often I am making my way through loads of contemporary dramas and YA stories. I also love getting to grips with a well written biography now and again.
Today I wanted to recommend some amazing authors of contemporary drama novels. These writers are my go-to experts in building tension, exploring relationships and making me chuckle.
I first read her brilliant novel Chocolat back in 2000 and absolutely adored the French setting and the intriguing characters. She tends to write in short chapters which are told from different characters viewpoints.
‘Chocolat’ was followed by three more France based novel. My favourite of these was ‘The Lollipop Shoes’ which I would love to see made into a movie, set in Paris. She also writes YA books related to the Norse God Loki and short stories which are always well worth reading.
Liane is known for her books which were turned into huge TV series. ‘Big Little Lies’ drew my attention as the book had Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon on the cover of the TV tied edition. I went on to love the TV shows and her writing.
Now I always have one of her incredible books on the go. She is Australian and her novels are all based there. Liane writes in the close third person which means she focuses on one character at a time.
Matt writes fiction and non-fiction rather well. Having experienced mental health problems, he writes in detail about that experience and provides motivational texts such as ‘The Comfort Book’.
Having also explored Matt’s brilliant fiction, I am now always looking out for his content. His story ‘The Midnight Library’ sees Nora caught between life and death. She gets to find out what alternative lives she might have had. All of his work is easy to read and very relatable.
When I randomly selected the book ‘Writers and Lovers’ based on its brilliant blue cover, I had no idea who Lily was. Now I am a big fan of her writing style. Writers and Lovers is a modern book about a woman who waits tables and writes in her spare time. It also follows her difficult dating life.
Since then I have enjoyed her short stories in the book: Five Tuesdays In Winter. This is an eclectic selection of tales exploring social issues. I totally recommend checking out her publications.
Again, I became aware of her books when Reese Witherspoon created a TV version of ‘Little Fires Everywhere’. As I knew the TV series was being made, I quickly read the book and both impressed me. I then went on to read her debut, ‘Everything I Never Told You’ which explores a family dealing with a significant loss.
Her stories deal with issues such as race, sterotypes and disadvantage. The characters feel very real and their storylines are very thought-provoking.
If you are looking for something new to read, then please consider one of these amazing authors. They are all very talented and write very well developed characters with complex but fascinating narratives and cleverly planned plot points.
I have written a review of Blackberry Wine by my top author, Joanne Harris which may tempt you to try her insightful style. You may also want to consider following my blog for more bookish content.