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Authors that are from or live in Virginia.

See also JMRL's Local Voices Collection

Writing Adult Fiction

  • Corbin Addison – Author of A Walk Across the Sun
Lives in Charlottesville, VA
  • Donna Andrews – Author of Murder with Peacocks
From Yorktown, UVA alum, now lives in Reston, VA
Cozy Mystery
  • V. C. Andrews – Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind
From Portsmouth, VA
  • David Baldacci – Wish You Well
From Richmond, VA
Legal thrillers
  • Ann Beattie – The New Yorker Stories, Follies and New Stories,
Lives in Charlottesville, teaches at UVA
Short stories
  • Matt Bondurant – The Wettest County in the World
From Alexandria, VA
  • Gillian Bradshaw – Island of Ghosts – The Beacon of Alexandria
From Falls Church, VA
Historical novels
Lives near Crozet, VA
Cozy mystery novels
  • Diane Mott Davidson – Double Shot
From Charlottesville, VA
Cozy mystery novels involving food
  • Rita Dove –
Poet Laureate of VA 2004-2006, Teaches at UVA
  • Kathleen Eagle – Night Falls Like Silk
From Virginia
Romance novels
  • Diane Fanning – Lucinda Pierce Mystery series – The Trophy Exchange
Lives in Bedford, VA
Mystery crime novels
Lives in Charlottesville, VA
Legal thriller
  • William Hoffman -
  • Gary Jennings – Aztec
Born in Buena Vista, VA
Lives in Albemarle County, Va
  • Barbara Kingsolver – Prodigal Summer
Lives in Washington County, VA
  • Tosca Lee – Iscariot
From Roanoke, VA
Sci-fi writer, Christian Fiction
  • T.R. Pearson - Polar
  • Edgar Allan Poe
From Richmond, VA, went to UVA
Grew up in Richmond, VA
  • Straka, Andy – Author of the Frank Pavlicek mystery series
Lives in Charlottesville, VA
  • Adriana Trigiani – Big Stone Gap
Born in Big Stone Gap, VA
  • Nikki Turner – A Hustler’s Wife
Urban fiction
Born in Richmond, VA
  • Jeannette Walls – Half Broke Horses
Jeannette Walls currently lives in Virginia with her writer husband, John Taylor.
  • Tom Wolfe – Bonfire of the Vanities
Born in Richmond, VA
  • Sherryl Woods – Driftwood Cottage
From Arlington, VA
Romantic, mystery novels

Writing Adult Nonfiction

  • Denise Austin – Pilates for Every Body
Lives in Alexandria, VA
  • Joe Bageant – Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War
From Winchester, VA
Lives in Charlottesville, VA
  • Cece Bell
Grew up in Salem, VA; Currently lives in Virginia with husband Tom Angleberger
Attended the College of William and Mary
  • Britton, Rick – Albemarle & Charlottesville: an Illustrated History of the first 150 years
Lives in Charlottesville, VA
  • Virginius Dabney – Mr. Jefferson’s University
From Charlottesville, VA
  • Joel Salatin – Folks, This Ain’t Normal
From Swoope, VA

Writing Young Adult Literature

  • Kwame Alexander – The Crossover
  • Gabby Douglas – Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith
From Virginia Beach
Lives near Waynesboro, VA
  • Gigi Amateau
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Elizabeth Scott
  • A.B. Westrick - Brotherhood
Lives near Richmond, VA

Writing Children’s Literature

  • Kwame Alexander – The Crossover
  • Tom Angleberger - The Origami Yoda series
Lives in Virginia with wife Cece Bell
Attended the College of William and Mary
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Pace, Anne Marie – Vampirina Ballerina
  • Ruth White - Belle Prater’s Boy
From Whitewood, VA
  • Charlotte Zolotow – Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present
From Norfolk, VA

For more Virginia Authors, please see this list.