Let me be honest, I don't read a lot of adult books. There are two things that can pull me into the land of marriages, children, divorces, and cheaters: I've either heard really good things about the books (and that usually means that the four things I mentioned aren't present) or I know and love the author (I did go through a phase in high school where I primarily read books published for adults). This week I'm going to focus on one of the few authors whose works I will automatically read even though they're published for adults.
Anne Bishop is an amazing author of adult fantasy novels. She is primarily known for her Black Jewels trilogy (Daughter of the Blood is the first in the series). She has four series and numerous short stories available. I'm currently anxiously awaiting the third book in the Others series, which will be finally available on March 3, 2015.
Bishop focused on short story writing before Daughter of the Blood was published. She enjoys gardening, reading, and music outside of her writing time. She lives in upstate New York (for some reason, I always thought she was Canada based when I first started reading her books).
She's a relatively private person which I can appreciate, so there isn't much information available besides her website. Her books are really well-written, and she does a fantastic job of building worlds with depth and believability. I wish I could live inside the worlds she creates (even though they are flawed and dangerous and scary places to be).
Bishop also gives me hope as a writer. She didn't publisher her first novel until her 40s, so I am forced to remind myself that I'm not a failure because I haven't done so by my mi-20s. She has worked for every bit of her success and while she may not have reached the same pinnacle of fame that other authors have (J.K, Rowling or George R.R. Martin for example), she does have a very dedicated and enthusiastic fan base who care greatly for her works. And that's something everyone can appreciate.