10 Indie Authors We’re Expecting Big Things From in 2016
Though enthusiasm for our New Year’s resolutions might be fading, there’s always a new book to look forward to. Every good writer is also a voracious reader. Why? Because reading other writers helps us strengthen our own craft. Also, we can’t get enough of a good story! Here are just a few of the indie authors we are looking forward to reading this year.
- Eliza Gordon (Women’s Fiction, Romance)
Eliza Gordon is the author of several Women’s Fiction and Romance books including Must Love Otters, Holly Porter Builds a Raft, and Neurotica. Her characters are endearing, flawed, and often hilarious. 2016 looks like it will be a big year for Eliza, or should we say, Jennifer Sommersby. Eliza is actually a pseudonym that she uses for her self-published projects. Jennifer is actually under contract for a Young Adult project that she will publish under her own name. It’s always exciting to see an indie author have success in traditional publishing, but we hope that 2016 brings more Eliza Gordon books, too.
- Helena Newbury (New Adult, Romance)
Why wouldn’t we be excited for Helena Newbury? The New York Times bestselling Author of the Fenbrook Academy Trilogy has given us some steamy new reads with Lying and Kissing, Texas Kissing, and the most recent, Kissing my Killer. If 2015 is any indication, things are just heating up. Make sure to check out the promotion on her website with a free Novella, Losing my Balance, when you sign up for her newsletter.
- James DiBenedetto (New Adult, Fantasy)
Author of the popular, Dream Series, these mesmerizing books were built around the premise, “What if you saw a crime being committed, but the only evidence was in your head?” With eleven books in the series so far, there is no shortage of suspense. With some romance, mystery, and a twist of the supernatural, it’s not hard to see why so many have become addicted!
- Lori B. Rassas (Business)
Lori B. Rassas is an SPHR-certified employment attorney in New York City, NY with close to two decades of experience as an employment attorney. Rassas brings practical guidance and expertise based on real life experience with her newest book, The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace. Lori also literally wrote the book on Employment Law with the second edition of her textbook, Employment Law: A Guide to Hiring, Managing, and Firing for Employers and Employees (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business).
- Carolynn Gockel (Fantasy, Science Fiction)
For fantasy and Sci-Fi, look no further than Carolynn Gockel. Her I Bring the Fire series has earned her a loyal fanbase, and her latest project is just as exciting. 2016 though, will be the year of the Archangel. Her latest book, Archangel Down, is the first installment in a new series, The Archangel Project. We can only hope it’s the first of many.
Authors Clare Kent and Miryam Coppersmith produced a haunting paranormal novel with their first book, The Necrarian. It’s a one of a kind adventure in a mythology all its own. This is only the first book in the series, so there’s more to look forward to this year!
- Richard Bard (Thriller)
Richard Bard’s Brainrush series started as a trilogy and has over 1,600 5 star reviews on Amazon. This success led to two more books, Everlast, and Ephemeral, which was named one of IndieReaders’ Best Books of 2014. Richard Bard’s books are rivaled only by his own story of survival. As a young airforce pilot, he was diagnosed with cancer and learned he had only months to live. Luckily, he beat the odds and now writes about second chances.
- Salvador Mercer (Epic Fantasy)
Salvador Mercer cites Tolkien, McCaffrey, Donaldson, Asimov, and Burroughs among his influences as a writer. His books, The Black Dragon, Lunar Discovery, The Blue Dragon, and Ranger Rising, take readers on journeys across space, time, and worlds that are quite easy for us, the reader, to get lost in.
9. Panayotis Cacoyannis (Literary Fiction, Satire)
Panayotis Cacoyannis began his career in art as a painter and a sculptor. These days, he uses his knowledge of fine arts to weave poignant and comic stories. His debut novel, The Dead of August, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 and described as, “A sophisticated, comic novel that brilliantly captures the triumph and folly of art, media, and publishing.” Bowl of Fruit (1907), his second novel, was named one of IndieReader’s Best Indie Books of 2015.
- C.A. Newsome (Mystery)
C.A. Newsome’s novels have everything you could want in a traditional mystery, with one unique twist: dogs. Author of Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, C.A. Newsome gets her inspiration from mornings spent at her local dog park. The dog park provides the backdrop for murder, intrigue, and canine sleuthing. Her latest book, Sneak Thief, is a delightful addition to this entertaining series. The fifth book is slated to come out in March.
We know who we’ll be keeping an eye out for this year. So who makes your list for 2016?
— Marquina (@Marquina) January 19, 2016