All authors have stories, and the authors on this list have first stories—debut novels published in the fall 2014/winter 2015 season that are proving to be the most exciting of a big, big bunch. All authors also have backstories, as evidenced by our cover, which features a handful of debut authors whose own life stories are particularly colorful and well known. Fiction titles don’t come out of nowhere but—if they’re any good—are suffused with an author’s particular background, perspective, experience, and skill.
Consider the voice a fine actor like Gillian Anderson should give her rousing sf tale, or the polished writing accomplished nonfiction authors Caitlin Moran, Ben Mezrich, and John Vaillant bring to their first fiction forays. Miranda July, who has conquered the worlds of short stories, film, performance art, and apps, can be expected to look at novel writing a little differently. And former professional skateboarder Michael Christie definitely brings an edgy rush to his writing. These are just some of the “Authors You’ve Met” featured in this roundup, and you’ll get to know more.
Recognize the faces? Look at the notables who are gracing the cover of our October 1 issue!