Lesfic Author List

The Top Lesfic Writers Alive (and Still Writing) Today

In mid-June of 2016, I thought it would be ‘fun’ to create a list of the top 50 living, writing authors of lesfic and share it. As I began to unearth names for the list – starting with the authors of titles I personally own in paperback or eBook form – it became apparent that there were far more than 50 I wanted to include…and far more than 100. The list crossed 100 active authors quickly and kept growing. The original list I posted contained 153 names of active authors plus a few that were brand new and a handful of notable ones that have passed on.

There are, of course, many, many more women (mostly) writing books for us, but here, for the first time anywhere that I could find, I’d created a comprehensive list to track over 250 of them down via their personal websites or, failing that (especially for the Yiva and Bella published authors) via Wikipedia and Goodreads. Once I publicized the existence of the list, it grew quickly as readers gave me the names of their favorites and the less shy among the author community came forward to toot their own horns. Along the way, I’ve found and added additional authors myself.

In the months since original publication, it’s become apparent that the list needed it’s own page here so it can be easily found. The link above brought you here. This link takes you to the original post as modified three times and recirculated.

What follows below is the list as it stands as of this moment in time…nearing the 400 mark!

Please Note: This list is fluid. If a website is wrong or there’s an author you think should be here (yourself included) that isn’t, please let me know. Please feel free to share this list far and wide! 

Also: Many of these writers write lesbian romance novels primarily or only. In an ongoing effort, I’m working to note those who have lesfic novels in genres other than romance or mixed with romance, who may or may not also write romance only focused works. They’re noted after their entries as follows:

  • (A) Athletes/Sports
  • (AS) Armed Services/Military
  • (B) Bisexual
  • (C) Comics or Graphic Novels
  • (CH) Children’s
  • (D) Drama
  • (E) Erotica
  • (F) Fantasy
  • (HF) Historical Fiction
  • (H) Horror
  • (HU) Humor
  • (L) Literary Fiction
  • (M) Mystery & Suspense
  • (NA) New Adult
  • (P) Paranormal
  • (PT) Pirate
  • (R) Romance – Please note: It will be some time before all romance authors are duly noted as most of the authors below have written at least one romance work.
  • (RS) Romantic Suspense
  • (S) Sci-fi
  • (SP) Steampunk
  • (T) Thriller
  • (V) Vampire
  • (W) Witches
  • (WC) Women of Color
  • (YA) Young Adult
  • (Z) Zombie

ENJOY!

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1Erica AbbottM, T
2AJ Adaire
3Pat Adams-Wright
4Mardi Alexander
5Robin Alexander
6Sunny Alexander
7Xenia AlexiouM, R
8Skye AllenYA
9Dorothy Allison
10Lynne AmesM, RS
11S.W. AndersenRS
12Elizabeth AndreE
13Eliza Andrews
14Mavis ApplewaterR
15Ann AptakerM, R
16Kiki Archer
17J.A. Armstrong
18Clare Ashton
19Victoria Avilan
20Kelli Jae BaeliE, M, T, W
21Karen D. BadgerP
22Darla BakerR
23Kim BaldwinM, T
24Roslyn Bane
25Jeanne Barrett Magil (aka Barrett)
26Solia Panche Bealti
27Elizabeth Bear
28Alison BechdelC
29Georgia BeersR
30Jove BellR
31Kerry BelchambersRS
32Sharon Marie Bence
33Saxon BennettM
34G. Benson
35Renee Bess
36Alexa BlackE, S
37Ronica BlackM
38Julie BlairE
39Lucy Jane Bledsoe
40Harper BlissR
41Althea BlueSP
42Cheyenne Blue
43Paige Braddock (aka Missouri Vaun)C, D
44R.E. BradshawM
45Bonnie Hoover BraendlinM
46Andrea Bramhall
47Melissa Brayden
48Gun Brooke
49Jane BrookeE, M
50AL BrooksE
51Maggie BrownM, P, T
52Rita Mae BrownL
53Lila BruceRS
54Kris Bryant
55Liz BuggM
56Beth Burnett
57Nat Burns
58C.D. Cain
59Jackie CalhounD
60A.D. Campbell
61Geonn CannonD, F, M, S, T
62Julie Cannon
63Amalie Cantor
64Sydney Canyon
65Jacqueline CareyF
66Suzie Carr
67Dawn CarterF, M, R, RS, V
68MB CaschettaL
69Marie Castle
70Gaelle Cathy
71Jessie ChandlerM, T
72Sharon Cho
73Kate ChristieNA
74Barbara Clanton
75Baxter ClareM
76B.L. Clark
77V. (Vicki) CliffordB
78E.J. CochraneM
79R.E. ConaryM
80Blayne CooperM, YA
81Chris ConvissorD
82Ivan Coyote
83Zoraida CordovaB, F
84Delores CremmM, P, T
85Maggie CummingsD
86Cheyne Curry
87Jackie DRS
88Lea Daley
89Leslie DavisRS
90Ellen Dean
91 Ellen DeGeneresHU
92Jane Dilucchio
93Sandra de HelenM, T
94Sophia DeLuna
95Fletcher DelanceyS
96Trin DeniseR
97Barbara Dennis
98Lucy di LeggeM, T
99Jane DiLucchioM, T
100Diane DiMassaC
101Kelli dohertyS
102M.J. DohertyM
103Emma Donoghue/R
104JM Dragon
105Moondancer DrakeH, P
106KB Draper
107A.L. Duncan
108Helen Dunn
109Nann Dunne
110Erin Dutton
111RG EmanuelleR
112Kelley Eskridge
113Bridget Essex
114Sarah Ettritch
115Camryn Eyde
116C.A. FarlowF, S
117Makenzi FiskM, P
118Lula FlannM
119Judy Floger
120Donna K. Ford
121Michael Thomas FordF
122Katherine V. ForrestM
123Jenny FrameP
124Jesse (JS) Frankel
125Eden S. FrenchS
126Sophia French
127Penelope FridayHF
128Catherine FriendRS
129C.F. Frizzell
130Anna Furtado
131Lynn Galli
132Layce GardnerM, Z
133Lyn Gardner
134S. Anne Gardner
135Riley Adair Garrett
136Kate Genet (Lily Hammond)P
137Pauline George
138JD Glass
139Shira GlassmanF, S
140Melissa GoodM, R
141Rachel GoldYA
142Jewelle Gomez
143Ana B GoodD
144Melissa Grace
145Roselle Graskey
146Kimberly Cooper GriffinRS
147Nicola GriffithM, S
148Mary GriggsF, S
149Michelle GrubbRS
150Agnes H. Hagadus
151Anne HaganAS, M, R, RS
152Sophi Kell Hagin
153Lilly Hammond (Kate Genet)
154Mari HannahM
155S.M. HardingRS
156Becky HarmonRS
157Shannon M. HarrisF, S
158CL Hart
159T.L. HartM, P
160Ellen HartM
161Cheryl HeadM
162Nancy Anne HealyRS, T
163 Fran Heckrotte
164Yvonne Heidt
165Natasja HellenthalF, S
166Clifford Henderson
167Dotti Henderson
168Patty Henderson
169Gerri HillF, M, R, S
170E.M. Hodge
171Jeanine Hoffman
172Alison Naomi Holt
173Lorraine HowellH
174Wendy HudsonRS
175Cari Hunter
176Isabella
177Sy IthaF
178Jae
179Amber JacobsE
180Bev JafekD
181Taylor JamesM, D
182Donna JayE
183Heather Rose JonesF, S
184Jennifer L. JordanM
185EA Kafkalas
186Karin KallmakerS
187Louisa KelleyF, P
188Jody KlaireF
189J.E. Knowles
190Stephanie E. KusiakF, P
191Lori Lake
192Catherine Lane
193K.E. Lane
194Riley LaShea
195Erica Lawson
196Lez Lee
197Shiralyn J. LeePT, R, RS
198Valerie Lee
199P.V. LeForgeL, M
200D. Jackson LeighF, RS
201Jeannie Levig
202Jenifer Levin
203D.K. Linda
204Malinda LoF, YA
205M. E. LoganS
206Natalie LondonM, RS
207Renee J. LukasHU, YA
208Clare Lydon
209Lee LynchD, M
210K.G. MacGregor
211Renee MacKenzieRS
212Lise MaxTagueF, S
213Lucy J. Madison
214Rae D. MagdonF, M, S, T
215Rachel MaldonadoM, NA, R
216Catherine MaiorisiM
217Jackie Manthorne
218Diane Marina
219Laurie J. MarksF
220T.B. Markinson
221Andi MarquetteM
222Michelle Marra
223Dannie Marsden
224Marianne K. Martin
225Paula Martinac
226Pamela Mauldin
227Robbi McCoy
228Val McDermidM
229M.K. McGowanH, P
230A.M. McKnightM, WC
231Kate McLachlanF, M
232B.E. McLaughlinM, P
233Ann McMan
234Liz McMullen
235Claire McNabM
236Heather McVeaF, P
237Susan X Meagher
238K'anne MeinelM, R, RS
239JP Mercer
240Ronni Meyrick
241Laydin MichaelsRS, T
242Penny MickelburyM, WC
243BL Miller
244J. Willis MitchellD
245Rogena Mitchell-Jones
246Colette Moody
247KA MollRS
248Iza MoreauM
249Jaycie Morrison
250Graysen Morgen
251Annette Mori
252Charlene Neil
253Leslea NewmanCH, YA
254Nik Nicholson
255Baren Nix
256RJ Nolan
257Linda North
258T. Novan
259E.J. NoyesAS, R
260Emily O'BeirneYA
261Meghan O'Brien
262Erin O'Reilly
263OceanR, M
264C.K. Oliver
265Michelle OsgoodP, YA
266Alyssa Linn Palmer
267Syd Parker
268Elizabeth ParmerE, RS
269Chris PaynterSP
270Kayt Peck
271Cathy PegauS
272Caren PenlandE, RS
273Lydia PerovicD, L
274Julie Anne Peters
275VK PowellRS
276Bev Prescott
277Kim Pritekel
278Ashley Quinn
279Radclyffe (aka L.L. Rand)M, P, RS
280A.E. Radley
281Adan RamieH
282J.M. RedmannM
283D. Jordan RedhawkS
284Venus ReisingM, T
285Aurora Rey
286RhavensyreR, Z
287Juliann RichF, SP, YA
288Tracey RichardsonM
289Taylor Rickard
290Fiona RileyR
291Blythe Rippon
292GL RobertsF, YA
293Del Robertson
294Julia Diana RobertsonF, P, YA
295Pol Robinson
296Crystal RomeroZ
297Robin Roseau (Joseph P. Larson)E, F, H, P, PT, S, V, W
298Carol Rosenfeld
299Nita (Encarnita) RoundE, F
300EJ Runyon
301Laurie SalzlerYA
302R.J. Samuel
303Ronni SanloHF, YA
304Justine Saracen
305Shamim Sarif
306Lacey Schmidt
307Patty Schramm
308Erik SchubachAS, B, C, F, H, NA, P, R, S, SP, W, YA, Z
309Sandra ScoppettoneM
310Genta SebastainYA
311Medeia SharifP, YA
312Kaden ShayF, S
313Djuna Shellam
314Kory M. Shrum
315Linda Kay Silva
316Jen Silver
317Ericka K. F. Simpson
318Jennis SlaughterRS
319Adrian J. SmithF, M, P
320L.T. SmithH, P
321Marian Snowe
322Alison R. SolomonM, T
323Rachel Spangler
324Pat SpearsD, L
325Raven J. Spencer
326Ali SpoonerH, P
327Nell Stark
328Jean StewartS
329Holly Stratimore
330Rebecca Sullivan
331Kate Sweeney
332Carsen TaiteRS
333Michelle L. TeichmanRS, YA
334Keira Michelle Telford
335S.Y. ThompsonF, S, S
336T.T. Thomas
337M.E. TudorM
338M. Ulrich
339Ali ValiM, RS
340Jody ValleyM, T
341Vanda
342Elle Vaughn
343Missouri Vaun (Paige Braddock)M, S, S
344Laine Villeneuve
345Anastasia Vitsky
346Aya WalkSfarD, M, T, YA
347Karis Walsh
348Yudron WangmoYA
349http:/Libby Ware
350Elizabeth Watasin
351Sarah Waters
352Dillon WatsonM
353Julia WattsYA
354Rebekah Weatherspoon
355Holly Anne Weaver
356Jessica L. WebbM, T
357Tara WentzRS
358Caren WerlingerF, S, YA
359Gabriella West
360Alex WestmoreM, P, PT, Z
361Kenna White
362Barbara Treat WilliamsM, P, T, YA
363Karen F. WilliamsP
364KD WilliamsonRS
365MJ WilliamzE
366B.L. Wilson
367Catherine M. Wilson
368Rachel Windsor
369Barbara WinkesR
370Lee WinterM
371Jade Winters
372Jeanette Winterson
373Barbara Ann WrightF, S
374Sheri Lewis WohlT, V
375Sheryl WrightF, S
376Kieran York
377Fiona ZeddeRS
378Kristen Zimmer

R.I.P.

I have to mention these writers because the body of work they’ve contributed to lesbian fiction is…well, there are no words. Each is an icon with important works (often fiction and non-fiction) going back generations.

Nene Adams – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/534390.Nene_Adams

Tee Corinne – Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/29674.Tee_A_Corinne

Cate Culpepper – http://klancy7.wix.com/cateculpepper

Leslie Feinberg – http://www.transgenderwarrior.org/books.html

Radclyffe Hall – Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74248.Radclyffe_Hall

Patricia Highsmith – Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7622.Patricia_Highsmith

Isabelle Miller (the pen name of Alma Routsong) – Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17491.Isabel_Miller

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Moran – www.SandraMoran.com

Jane Rule – Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/67406.Jane_Rule

Gertrude Stein – Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9325.Gertrude_Stein

Virginia Woolf – Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6765.Virginia_Woolf