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Local Authors from the Northwest

The best thing about being a writer is that you can do it from anywhere. The best thing about reading is that you can go anywhere through stories. Here we want to celebrate authors from around the US, and help readers find stories and authors to support. Every state has some famous faces, but we also want to focus on new authors so for each state, you will see the more well-known picks and a debut author to check out. You might find a new favorite!

If you don’t see your state, don’t worry. Check back next month for the next part of this five part series!

Debut Washington Author: E. Lily Yu

E. Lily Yu’s first novel, On Fragile Waves, was released February 2021. Her previous short-fiction work earned her several award nods, including a Hugo Award nomination for best short story and a win of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her debut novel is centered around the journey of a brother and sister from Afghanistan, whose family decides to leave the country due to war and danger.
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On Fragile Waves
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Debut Oregon Author: Elle Marr

This debut novel from current Oregon resident Elle Marr is a thriller set in Paris about a woman and the death of her twin sister, possibly at the hands of a serial killer. However, things are not as they seem and the clues are not adding up. Marr’s second book, Lies We Bury, is set in Portland and will be out later this year.
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The Missing Sister
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Debut Idaho Author: Prerna Pickett

This debut author has lived around the world. Originally born in India, Pickett grew up in the US in Virginia, Washington, DC, Hawaii, and spent a considerable time living in Idaho. Her debut novel, If You Only Knew, is a highly acclaimed contemporary YA Romance about unlikely lovers, a former convict and a prosecutor’s daughter with her own dark secrets.
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Chase the Night
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Debut Montana Author: Joe Wilkins

A unique entry on this list is poet Joe Wilkins. His debut novel is not his first dip into the published word. Wilkins is an established poet with three collections out. This debut novel is his first foray into fiction. His novel tells the story of a young ranch hand in Montana, who suddenly has to care for a young boy amidst hardship and strike. Wilkins is a Montana native and imbues his novel with the charm of his home state.
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Fall Back Down When I Die
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