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Indie authors featured above, from left to right:
Bryn Shutt, A.P. Walston, Haley Walden, & Vanessa Rasanen

Indie authors, of all authors, have the hardest time getting noticed, and with the additional struggle of algorithms and the devaluing horrors of AI technologies, it’s getting harder and harder. In response, Whimsical wanted to do its part to help, so we are offering this database list of indie authors for your benefit and for the benefit of readers. If you’d like to join this database, please fill out THIS FORM.

If you’d just like to discover your next favourite indie author, scroll down! (New authors will be added as they are submitted, so remember to check back on a regular basis.)

For the purposes of this list, the following ages are associated with these genres:
Children (<8 years old)
Middle Grade (8-12 years old)
Young Adult (12-18 years old)
New Adult (18-29 years old)
Adult (18+)

Authors: If you’re already listed in the database and would like to change any information, including the featured book, or you’d like to be removed from the list, please use the CONTACT FORM here on my website and let us know what info you’d like to change/remove.


INDIE AUTHOR DATABASE!


A. Rose Pritchett

A. Rose is a disabled author, screenwriter, and (human!) artist who picked up an American Girl book as a child and has never stopped loving historical fiction ever since.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Historical Fiction
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Abigail G. Thompson

Abigail has loved writing words in all forms whether penning a great adventure novel or simple, heart-wrenching poetry. She hopes her words, her stories inspire, mold, and shape how people view the world around them.

Intended for: Young Adults
Fiction Genres: Fantasy and Romance
Nonfiction: Poetry
Books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.


Allison Rose

Driven by a lifelong passion for words and reading fantasy novels, award-winning author Allison Rose writes fantasy stories featuring otherworldly beings, magic, and strong heroines.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available from Amazon.


Alonna Williams

Alonna loves to write adventure books like the ones we remember growing up with. The ones that got us into reading and writing in the first place đź’•

Intended for: Middle Grade, Young Adults, and New Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children’s, Fantasy, and Mystery
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Etsy, Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble.


AJ Skelly

Of Flame & Frost: Magik Prep Academy by [AJ Skelly]AJ Skelly is an author, reader, and lover of all things fantasy, medieval, and fairy-tale-romance. And werewolves. She has a serious soft spot for them. As an avid life-long reader and a former high school English teacher, she’s always been fascinated with the written word. She lives with her husband, children, and many imaginary friends who often find their way into her stories. They all drink copious amounts of tea together and stay up reading far later than they should.

Intended for: New Adults & Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Books are available on Etsy, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and anywhere books are sold online.


A.J. Torres

Revenge and Forgiveness by [A.J. Torres]I am a Latin American author who just loves to write fantasy stories. Magic, epic adventures, even trials and tribulations is what I love for while writing a diverse and queer cast.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available on Amazon.


A. M. Portman

Portman originally began writing their fantasy adventure series just as something fun for their sister to read during the pandemic.

Intended for: Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure and Fantasy
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


Amanda Rodrigues

Amanda Rodrigues is a Portuguese-American author, reader, and true crime enthusiast with a degree in Sociology and a love for romance. The McKinnon’s Secret is her debut novel, following the struggles of a dysfunctional family after the death of their matriarch when the secrets she kept become deadly.

Intended for: Adults
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller & Suspense
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, Apple Books, Nook, Kobo, and Angus & Robertson.


Amelia Rose Rikstad

Amelia Rikstad pursued her dreams of becoming an author at the age of 16. When readers pick up one of her stories, they will explore the unknown one book at a time.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, and Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IngramSpark.


Angela Knotts Morse

A young thief turned honest merchant discovers he holds the key to ancient magic. Now, he’s being hunted by a usurper who wants their country of Sarieth—and the thief’s relic—for his own.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available on the author’s personal website, Amazon, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble.


A.P. Walston

A.P. Walston writes new adult fantasy full of adventure and romance. She is particularly fond of enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn, and witty characters.

Intended for: New Adults, Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, and Romance
Books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most places.


Austin Ryan

Austin’s books ALWAYS have romance, a happy ending, snarky banter, steamy kisses, consent, and closed doors. If you like time-travelling pirates (Pirate’s Treasure), opportunistic Victorian rogues with hearts of gold (The Fairshaw Library), or fae princes that are slightly less wicked than they might appear (A Winter Proposal) you should be able to find your next book boyfriend in Austin’s books. Happy reading!

Intended for: Young Adults and New Adults
Genres:
Contemporary, Fantasy, and Romance
Books are available from the author’s personal website and Amazon.


Beka Gremikova

Beka Gremikova writes folkloric fantasy, fairytale retellings, and fantasy romance from her home in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada. Her stories are peppered with cinnamon-roll heroes, determined heroines of various types, and imperfect people doing their best to survive and find love and the light…no matter how much darkness they must face first.


Intended for: Young Adults, New Adults, & Adults. All of Beka’s stories stick to a PG-13 rating or lower.
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, and Short Story
Books are available from Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, and almost everywhere.


Brian McBride

Writing since I could hold a pen, I’ve dabbled in a variety of genres before making myself comfortably at home in the Adventure/Mystery genre with my current series. Across everything I write, my stories often feature strong characters and a rich aesthetic.

Intended for: Young Adults, New Adults, & Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


Brigitte Cromey

Brigitte Cromey has words burning through her bloodstream, and a desire to see hearts touched through the power of story. She lives in a Homely House in southern Arizona, where there is always time for long naps and chats over tea.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Britt Richards

Pushing Through: A Redemptive Love story by [Britt Richards]A newer indie author with a love of reading, writing, and coffee! My books are mostly contemporary and meant for NA audiences.

Intended for: New Adults
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance
Books are available on Etsy & Amazon.


Bryn Shutt

Fantastical stories of war, whimsy, and wonder.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy
Books are available on Amazon.


C. A. Farran

Songs of the Wicked is a fairytale reimagining of the Little Mermaid, from the point of view of a reaper who longs to be human. There are nods to the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, along with some of the darker themes explored in fairytales and lore.

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available from Amazon, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble. 


Callie Thomas

Callie Thomas is a writer of YA fantasy and sweet romance stories, with even more story ideas on the horizon.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy & Romance
Books are available from Amazon.


Catherine Kopf

The Dream Chronicles is a Middle Grade Dystopian Fantasy Adventure series filled with creative magic, found family, and the discovery of the arts in a world where it’s prohibited. Fans of Percy Jackson and Keeper of the Lost Cities will enjoy the fun cast of characters and the magic and friendship found in this world.

Intended for: Middle Grade & Young Adults
Genres: Children’s, Dystopian, and Fantasy
Books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Cat Novelliere

Caterina is a storyteller and adventurer. She is passionate about history, music, romance, languages, legend, and travel. She regularly intertwines these subjects in her writing.

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Fiction Genres: Fantasy & Romance
Nonfiction Genres: Food & Drink, History, Travel
Books are available from the author’s website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram Spark.


C. E. Page

C. E. Page writes emotionally rich, character-driven adult epic fantasy tales of magic and adventure. Her stories feature demi-gods and other divinely assisted misfits who would prefer it if megalomaniac fools would stop trying to destroy the known realms in their search for power.

Intended for: Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available from Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, Google Books, Scribd, and Local Libraries (by request).


Charissa Weaks

CHARISSA WEAKS is an award-winning author who crafts stories with time travel, magick, myth, history, and the occasional apocalyptic quest. Her most recent work is the bestselling novel, The Witch Collector, book one in the Witch Walker series.

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.
Books are available from Etsy, Amazon, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble.


Cheyenne van Langevelde

Cheyenne van Langevelde is a young author and musician whose greatest passion is weaving tales through story and song. When not struggling to attempt the most metaphorical prose, she enjoys composing and recording soundtrack pieces for books, practicing calligraphy and Irish dance, and studying the Welsh language. She occasionally emerges into the real world to restock her chocolate supply, of which she hoards like a dragon would his gold.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Historical Fiction
Books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and any online retailer.


Christy R. Harrill

After learning she’s the key to solving her estranged father’s murder, Taryn enters a deadly political game against opposing sovereignties to avenge his death—making her the prime target of assassination for her interference while unraveling secrets and treason threaten to send the kingdom crumbling into ruin.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy.
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Claudia Cain

Claudia Cain writes fantasy books full of mystery, magic, and sometimes a little horror. She loves mythology and spooky things, and occasionally, a romantic slow-burn.

Intended for: New Adults
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, & Mystery.
Books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.


Constance Lopez

Of Stormlarks and Silence: A Kasmian Chronicles Standalone (The Kasmian Chronicles) by [Constance Lopez]Constance loves writing romantic fantasy full of hope, love, and light.

Intended for: Young Adults, New Adults, & Adults
Genres: Romantic Fantasy.
Books are available on Amazon.


E (Emeline).V. Sauvage

Frenchie writing fantasy (full-length novels series the sound of battle) and paranormal romance (fun and seasonal themed novellas) in English.

Intended for: Young Adults, New Adults & Adults
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, and Short Story
Books are available from Etsy and Amazon.


Emily Kazmierski

Emily loves books and movies that surprise her, so she writes YA mysteries to spread the joy of a well-placed plot twist. She also loves homemade ice cream, and makeup videos.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Thriller & Suspense
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Emma Hill

Emma Hill’s debut novel explores family, mental health, mind-Reading, and the wonderfully terrible uncertainty of love.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, and Short Story
Books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Porter Co Book Shoppe.


E.N. Chaffin 

Born and raise on country cooking and Japanese anime, E.N. Chaffin has a goal to change the reading world for the weirder – and better – one book at a time.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adult
Genres: Action & Adventure and Fantasy
Books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play Books.


Everly Haywood

Everly Haywood imagines herself to be a shieldmaiden of great prowess…but you’re more likely to find her in a dusty library than on the battlefield slaying monsters from the underworld. She seeks to combine dark fantasy worlds with clean, swoony-sweet romance and loves strong but sweet leading ladies and smoldering, tragic heroes.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy
B
ooks available from Amazon.


Haley Walden

Haley Walden loves writing epic, romantic fantasy stories about relatable, flawed characters you can root for until the happy ending (and beyond).

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available almost everywhere.


Hannah Penfold

Hannah is a Slytherin, Gemini, and a lover of all things fantasy and chocolate. She enjoys writing mythical lands you can escape into, fierce women who are intelligent and relatable, and men who she’d no doubt want as a real life boyfriend. You can expect adventure, magic, spice and all things nice in her stories!

Intended for: New Adults
Genres: Fantasy & Romance
Books are available from Etsy, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and Booktopia.


Hazel Vale

Hazel is a Canadian author writing a lighter brighter sci-fi with dresses and dancing and spaceships.

Intended for: New Adults
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, and Solarpunk
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Jennifer Willcock

Jennifer writes clean romance with a positive message.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Books are available from the
author’s personal website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


Jenny Hickman

Jenny is the author of the Myths of Airren, a fantasy romance series filled with morally gray fae, bargains, and curses.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy & Romance
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Jessica S. Taylor

Jessica spent her childhood dreaming of undersea adventures, swashbuckling heroes, and mythology come to life. Now, she writes it.

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, and Romance
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play Store, Apple Books, Scribd, Thalia, Books-a-Million, Waterstones, Indigo, and Book Depository.


KB Benson

Benson writes YA Fantasy full of adventure, strength, and love. Their stories explore finding strength in weakness and darkness, and growing because of them.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy, always with romance subplots
Books are available from Etsy and Amazon.


Kirsty Inic

Kirsty is a YA Fantasy author living in Sydney, Australia. A lover of all things magical, she writes stories about witches, magic, slow burn romance and adventure.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Forever Lost Books and Literary Collectors.


L.B. Benson

L.B. is a romantasy author currently working on completing their first series — Andromeda’s Account — which follows the love story of a pirate and priestess who must navigate their romance with the backdrop of a tyrannical king and oppressive religion who have taken over their homeland. It features strong female characters, steamy romance, and magical elements.


Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres:
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Romance
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, and most online retailers.


L.J. Kerry

While imprisoned by the Fae King, Orison discovers the king’s brother is missing. Despite the risk of death, she will do whatever it takes to find him and enact revenge.

Intended for: Adults
Genres: Fantasy
Books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most retailers.


Maud Lelarge

Maud loves to explore new worlds : fantasy, SF or even contempory with a spoonful of extraordinaire, what matters most is to follow characters and share their adventures and emotions.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, and Short Story
Books are available from Amazon.


Melissa K. Roehrich

Melissa writes New Adult Fantasy Romance that focus on mental health and characters that need to find themselves again.

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Romance
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target.


Miranda Joy

Miranda Joy is the author of the fantasy-romance series These Wicked Lies. She believes everyone deserves to fall in love, especially characters with turbulent pasts who overcome unpleasant situations.

Intended for: Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Romance
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


M. J. Padgett

M. J. Padgett is a lover of all things chocolate, a Grimm and Dickens addict, a self-proclaimed smarty-pants, and an introvert to the core. One of her favorite things about writing is creating a world where people can escape reality for a little while, maybe even walk away feeling hopeful about the real world around them.

Intended for: Young Adults, New Adults, & Adults
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, & Sci-Fi
Books are available from the author’s personal website, Etsy, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.


M.L. Greye

Greye writes romance fantasy epic adventures, filled with twists, turns, and unique magic systems based on eye colors. Greye is a SoCal native, but living that Florida life right now.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Romance
Books are available from the author’s personal website and Amazon.


Natalia Wawrzyńczak

Natalia is an author from Poland who writes YA Fantasy.

Intended for: Ages 15+
Genres: Fantasy and Romance
Books are available from Amazon.

 


Natalie Chung

Natalie is a big daydreamer who spends her days imagining fantasy worlds full of magical mysteries, action and sweet romance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can find her buying too many books, binge-watching anime or drowning in her accumulating pile of unfinished video games. Natalie lives in Sydney, Australia, but you’re more likely to see her lurking around Bookstagram.


Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Contemporary, and Romance
Books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google play, and Apple books.


Nathaniel Luscombe

Nathaniel Luscombe is a young writer who has published a novella and had short stories and poems published in a variety of anthologies.

Intended for: Young Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi
Books are available from Amazon.

 


Nicki Chapelway

Nicki Chapelway is the author of YA and adult fantasy romances. She strives to write swoony kissing books while keeping her stories clean and free of smut.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Romance
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Penny Kearney

Penny writes stories about purpose and wonder, set in fantastic worlds that will help you see the magic in your own world long after you’ve closed the book. As a mom of four and a military wife, she uses her life experiences to tell tales of far off lands that still hit close to home.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Short Story
Books are available from Amazon.


Sarah Chislon

Sarah Chislon writes gaslamp fantasy. Her Blood of the Fae series features a quick-minded heroine who solve cases with logic and intuition, beautiful yet deadly fae, and Otherworldly intrigues, set in a world of manners and mythical monsters.

Intended for: Adults
Genres: Fantasy

Books are available from the author’s personal website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, Apple Books, Ingram Spark, and Scribd.


Selina R. Gonzalez

Selina is a Colorado, USA resident with mountains in her blood and dreams that top 14,000 feet. She writes romantic fantasy with swords and sincerity and a focus on healthy relationships–familial, friendship, and romantic.

Intended for: Young Adults & New Adults
Genres: Fantasy and Romance

Books are available on the author’s personal website, Amazon, Indibound, and Barnes & Noble.


TM Ghent

Lume (Lume Duology #1) by T.M. Ghent TM Ghent is a fiction tragedian who loves bending genre expectations and colors her worlds in gray because every story doesn’t end with a happily ever after.

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres: Dystopian & Sci-Fi
Books are available on Etsy, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


T.M. Ledvina

T.M. Ledvina is a lover of books, manga, and writing stories about queer people. She writes queer fantasy with unique worldbuilding and lovable characters.

Intended for: Adults
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, and Mystery
Books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Vanessa Rasanen

Vanessa Rasanen writes new adult fantasy romance filled with sassy attitudes, relatable characters, and slow-burn. She loves a good cliffhanger, judges books by their covers, and wishes she could write faster. Her books include a smidge of salty language, a bit of blood, and a serving of swoon-worthy, sometimes spicy romance.

Intended for: New Adults & Adults
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Books are available on personal website, Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble.