Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week´s theme is New to Me Authors I discovered 2021.

During the past year, I discovered some new-to-me authors. I didn´t like all the books, I read by these authors, but some of them or better said their work, thrilled me beyond any expectation. The range of these authors goes from Scandinavia to Germany. What a great result! YAY!!

Anne Mette Hancock ©HEIN Photography
Anne Mette Hancock

Anne Mette Hancock, born in 1979, is a young star of the Scandinavian crime scene: her Copenhagen thrillers about investigative journalist Heloise Kaldan and Commissioner Erik Schäfer are number 1 bestsellers in her home country Denmark and have been translated into many European languages. The author has received several awards for the novels. Anne-Mette Hancock studied history and journalism in Roskilde and worked as a freelance journalist for daily newspapers and magazines. She comes from Gråsten on the Danish Baltic coast, lived in France and the USA, and lives with her husband and two children in Copenhagen.

Lilian Kaliner ©Katrin Greiner
Lilian Kaliner

Lilian Kaliner, born in 1984, lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and lots of chicken in a small town near Freiburg. With her current husband, she traveled through Australia in an ancient camper van. They picked cherries at just under forty degrees to finance the trip, stayed on lonely beaches, were surprised by the cold in Tasmania – and got married shortly afterward. When she got the idea for a series of novels with a turbulent extended family, it was clear that she would be set in Australia.

Holly Hepburn ©Holly Hepburn
Holly Hepburn

Holly Hepburn has wanted to write books for as long as she can remember but she was too scared to try. One day she decided to be brave and dipped a toe into the bubble bath of romantic comedy with her first novella, Cupidity, and she's never looked back. She often tries to be funny to be funny, except for when faced with traffic wardens and border control staff. Her favorite thing is making people smile. She's tried many jobs over the years, from barmaid to market researcher and she even had a brief flirtation with modeling. These days she is mostly found writing. She lives near London with her grey tabby cat, Portia. They both have an unhealthy obsession with Marmite.

Isabell May ©Sylvia van Heek
Isabell May

Isabell May, born 1985 in Austria, studied German philology, librarianship, and journalism before setting up a freelance writer in 2014. She lives with her husband, two cats, and two dogs near Aachen, where she devotes herself to her great passion, writing fantasy and romance novels. When she´s not writing for once, Isabell May enjoys nature with her Collie dog.

Jane Porter ©Courtney Lindberg Photography
Jane Porter

Even though New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jane Porter has over 12 million books in print, she is still a small-town girl at heart, with deep roots in central California’s golden foothills, oak trees, and miles of farmland. When Jane was thirteen her family moved to Europe for a year, and that abroad changed Jane forever, introducing her to different cultures and customs and creating a life-long passion for books, travel, and adventure. Jane later spent much of her high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan, and Ireland. Armed with a Bachelors's degree in American Studies from UCLA, Jane immersed herself in sales and marketing, followed by another six years in the teaching trenches of junior high school before becoming a full-time fiction writer with an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Jane’s first published novel, The Italian Groom, sold to Harlequin Presents in 2000. She is a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America and won the RITA 2014 for her Tule novella, Take Me, Cowboy. The author lives in Seattle and Hawaii with her three sons.

Dionne Lister ©private
Dionne Lister

Dionne Lister is a writer and editor from Sydney. She has an Associate Degree in Creative writing from Southern Cross University and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Daydreaming has always been her passion, so writing was a natural progression from staring out the window in primary school, and being an author was a dream she held since childhood. Writing was only a hobby while she worked as a property valuer in Sydney, until her mid-thirties when she returned to study and completed her creative writing degree. Since then, she has indulged her passion for writing while raising two children with her husband. Her books have attracted praise from Apple iBooks and have reached #1 on Amazon and iBooks charts worldwide, frequently occupying top 100 lists in fantasy.

Rebecca F. Kuang ©Rebecca F. Kuang
R.F. Kuang

Rebecca F. Kuang immigrated to the United States from Guangzhou, China, in 2000. She holds a bachelor's degree in International History from Georgetown, where she focused on Chinese military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. In 2018 she received a scholarship and has been studying Sinology at the University of Cambridge ever since. Rebecca F. Kuang loves corgis and likes to drink good wine.

Alice Hoffman ©Matt McGinley
Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman was born in New York in 1952 and now lives in Boston. Her novels have been translated into over 20 languages and have received numerous awards. With "The Rules of Magic" and "Practical Magic" she wrote an enchanting family story that is currently being filmed for the second time.

Donna Ashcroft ©private
Donna Ashcroft

Donna Ashcroft was born in London, England, and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary, and marketing manager for a long time before turning writing into a profession. In 2017 she won the Katie Fforde Scholarship. Donna loves romantic stories with a dash of Christmas magic. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, two children, and a gang of very grumpy cats.

Sarah Epstein ©Sarah Epstein
Sarah Epstein

Sarah Epstein is an award-winning Australian author, illustrator and designer who grew up in suburban Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her husband, two sons, and a rescued dog called Luna. After achieving a design degree and enjoying a 25-year graphic design career, Sarah returned to her first loves of writing and illustrating. Her debut novel Small Spaces is a CBCA Honour Book, winner of the Young Adult Fiction Award in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, winner of the Davitt Award for Best YA Crime Novel and was shortlisted for another six awards including the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, and the Australian Book Industry Awards. Small Spaces has also been optioned for film by Triptych Pictures. Sarah’s second novel, Deep Water, is a CBCA Notable Book and was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Davitt Awards.

And what new authors have you discovered in 2021?

Happy reading



  1. I'm not familiar with any of these but that means I have lots of books to discover!

  2. I have not read any of these authors although several sound familiar. It is great discovering new authors!

  3. R.F. Kuang is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!


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