A List of Indiana Authors

A school librarian in Goshen, Deena Albietz, asked me if I knew other young adult or children’s authors who live in Indiana. (I do!) The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) maintains a list, but not all authors are members of the SCBWI. (They should be, though; membership is totally worth it.) Rather than typing everyone I can think of into an email to her, I figured I’d type it here so that others can benefit from the list. If I’ve forgotten anyone (I’m certain that I have), leave a comment or email me and I’ll add her/his name to the list. I’m limiting the list to authors or illustrators of young adult and children’s books who currently live in Indiana. I’m also limiting it to authors published traditionally or whose self-published work I’m familiar with. (There’s a lot of great self-published work out there, but there’s also some that never should have been published at all. I’m only comfortable promoting the former.) I’ve placed authors into three categories somewhat arbitrarily; many of them write for multiple ages. There’s a far more comprehensive list here: http://childrensauthors.in.gov/, although it includes some authors who are no longer writing or speaking, have moved away from the state, or have passed away.

Young Adult Authors

Shannon Lee Alexander
Skila Brown
Helen Frost
Laurie Gray
John Green
Christine Johnson
Julia Karr
Rob Kent
Alina Kline
Saundra Mitchell
Mike Mullin
Annette Oppenlander
Tracy Richardson
Sarah J. Schmitt
Barbara Shoup
Francesca Zappia

Middle Grade Authors

John David Anderson
Troy Cummings
Mandy Davis
Sara K. Joiner
Laura Martin
Jeff Stone

Picture Book Authors and/or Illustrators

Nathan Clement
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Claire Ewart
Valiska Gregory
Donna Griffin
Angie Karcher
Janna Matthies
Holly Niner
April Pulley Sayre
Kristi Valiant

8 thoughts on “A List of Indiana Authors

  1. We are looking for an author we can invite to our summer reading kick-off party on June 6, 2015. This is really short notice because we truly thought we had an author lined up but we were wrong. And, we are a small library with not a lot of money. Can anyone help us?

    • You might reach out to Donna Griffin. She is local and wrote the book, The 12 Days of Christmas in Indiana. I know it’s out of season to read a Christmas book but the story is really about visiting landmarks in Indiana.

      Hope this helps!

    • Nevermind my comment. I just realized your date said June 6, 2015 and not 2016. Hope you were able to find someone. 🙂

  2. Hi Mike,

    I’m new to the author game, but I’d love to be added as well. My first Middle Grade Novel Edge of Extinction-The Ark Plan just came out with HarperCollins in May 2016. Thanks!

  3. Hi Mike.
    I’m in the Indianapolis area. Zionsville as of the last year,but I was in Fishers before that. Ever since I got published, I kept hearing your name and your moms name as people I needed to connect with. I’ve been reading my way through your blog posts and learning a lot! Thank you for all the great posts!

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