It’s time for the monthly poll!
Last month, a reader (and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor writer!) pointed out that while I said the poll was asking about “authors,” based on the options provided, what it was really asking about was fiction authors. So true! My *personal* reading habits are heavily biased towards fiction, and it’s showing in the poll! So this month, I’m taking up the excellent suggestion to run a poll featuring nonfiction authors who write for multiple audiences. I’m sure I’ve missed some good ones; please shout them out in the comments!
The results for Fiction dual-market authors were as follows: Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling ran away with the 1st and 2nd spots, with 34% and 25% of the vote, respectively. Next up was Meg Cabot (11%), then Sherman Alexie (9%). Kelley Armstrong and James Patterson both snagged 6%, then Victoria/V.E. Schwab (5%), Isabel Allende (3%), and Julie Buxbaum (1%). Fiction authors I neglected to include given shout-outs in the comments are: Kim Harrison, Melissa de la Cruz, Melissa Marr, Stephanie Meyer, MaryJanice Davidson, Ellen Hopkins, Holly Black, and Rick Riordan. Also, you guys, I can’t believe I forgot to include Terry Pratchett!!
Putting the below poll together showed me that a) there are a lot of nonfiction authors who write exclusively for either adults or young people. It was challenging to find those writing for both, although as we’ve established above, Nonfiction is not my greatest area of strength! Please let me know in the comments authors I’ve neglected to include, and b) I’ve been missing out on way too many fascinating-looking titles in my fiction cave. I must’ve added over 20 titles to my to-read list while putting this poll together!
—Carly Pansulla, currently reading The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman