I just learned that the ALA awarded Tamora Pierce the Margaret A. Edwards award for her Song of the Lioness quartet (Alanna) and the Protector of the Small quartet (Keladry). It doesn’t say this on the website, but it’s probably for her being generally awesome as well.
The thing I love about all of her books is that her female characters are strong and proud of who they are regardless of other people’s judgments. It’s sometimes hard to do that, even as an adult. She was committed to making books about strong young women who exist in the world as humans well before many of her peers in the fantasy world. She’s influenced a new generation of authors like Kristin Cashore, Seanan McGuire, and Malinda Lo.
At this year’s Denver Comic Con, I moderated a panel about strong women in Sci-Fi and Fantasy and pretty much everyone there wanted to gush about how amazing Tamora Pierce is and what an influence her work had on them as people. Pierce is a brilliant example of someone who is committed to showing young women how amazing they can be. I know her books would have really made an impact on me, had I discovered them as a kid. They blew me away when I finally discovered them in my late 20’s. I think it’s also very telling that I can recommend Pierce's books to young girls and teens now and they still think she is amazing.
My favorite series by Pierce is the Trickster’s Choice books. Aly is so gloriously irreverent, whip smart, and inventive- who else can invisibly cause as much trouble as she does?
Who is an author that you’ve read that helped shape you as a person? Is there someone you discovered as an adult that you really wish your younger self had read?