10 Women Authors and Their Debuts #TopTenTuesday #WomensHistoryMonth #InternationalDayOfTheWoman

March 8, 2022

Women Authors and Their Debuts

Women's History Month: Debut Authors (Image: two women standing at the edge of a bluff looking out over the ocean)

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I’m linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl but going rogue!

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

Do you have a favorite debut author?

Too many! Amirite?!

I’m going rogue today with Top Ten Tuesday because I want to acknowledge International Day of the Woman as part of Women’s History Month.

Publishing was a field for men. In publishing history, there was a time when women authors could not get published. Women were not allowed to sign their own contracts, did not receive equal pay, and were forced to write under pseudonyms. For International Day of the Woman, I’m focusing on modern women authors and their debuts as we celebrate those who fought hard for the right to be heard, sign their own contracts, and publish under their own name for equal pay.

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Let’s celebrate women authors!
I’ve listed a few (recent) notable debuts in no particular order.


Fatima Farheen Mirza
Debut: A Place For Us

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

…complicated family drama


Yaa Gyasi
Debut: Homegoing


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi cover (yellow background with red and blue and black designs)

…multigeneraltional family saga


Angeline Boulley
Debut: The Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (cover) Image: the profiles of two native american young People (man and woman) in cultural dress

indigenous people and the FBI


Anne Youngson
Meet Me at the Museum

…friendship and correspondence



Charmaine Wilkerson
Debut: Black Cake

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a multicolored graphic shapes background

…complicated family drama


Abi Daré
Debut: The Girl With the Louding Voice

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (cover)

…finding your voice


Gail Honeyman
Debut: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)



Emma Lord
Debut: Tweet Cute

Tween Cute by Emma Lord (cover) Image: graphic of two apartment buildings shows a teen in each on social media

…YA romcom


Anissa Gray
Debut: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

…complicated family drama


Jane Harper
Debut: The Dry

The Dry

…mystery and suspense

***Edited to add #11

(One of my favs! How could I forget?!)

Cara Wall
Debut: The Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (cover) Image: white text over an orange leafless tree with sprawling branches set against a bright blue background




Have you read and loved any of these debut authors?
Do you have a favorite debut author?

Happy Reading Book Worms

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  1. Great theme! I’ve only read Elinor Oliphant (and yes, I loved it) but have many of the others on my list. I confess I don’t pay much attention to whether a novel is a debut or not, but it’s true that a success can make a writer’s career at that point, and underrepresented authors need our support. I’ll have to keep that in mind.

    • I don’t always pay attention either, but I tend to notice more when debuts are so impressive like these! Thanks for commenting!

    • I wonder if it is realistic for the fbi to use teenagers as CIs. I watch the FBI series on tv and some of their CIs are young!

  2. I love a good debut! Firekeeper’s Daughter blew me away and Homegoing will always be a favourite.

    You know how much I mean to read The Girl With the Louding Voice! I have also has A Place For Us on my shelves since it came out!!

  3. I do love reading debuts, but it’s always interesting to see which ones end up being favorites and which don’t. Cassidy Clarke’s debut is one of my absolute favorite books!

  4. You already know how much I love Girl With the Louding Voice. 🙂 Homegoing was good too – I’m looking forward to reading her most recent book.

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