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Where’d They Go? Part 2: More Young Adult Authors Who Haven’t Written in Awhile

There were more missing in action YA authors than I thought! Here’s a part 2 round-up with some of our faves who have been a little too silent for too long…

For Part 1, click HERE!

Where’d They Go? Part 2: More Young Adult Authors Who Haven’t Written in Awhile

This post is part of Fangirl in the Know an Read.Breathe.Relax. original feature that will help readers stay updated on what their favorite authors are up to next (i.e. after they finish the series we already love). This is VITAL to maintaining our fangirl status.

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Tamora Pierce

tamora pierce authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: Song of the Lionness series, Immortals series, Protector of the Small series, etc., etc.,

Last Published Work: Battle of Magic in 2013

What They’re Up to Now:

There are THREE, count them, THREE new books on the horizon for Pierce in 2015. They include two new series – Mara of Dunlath and The Gift of Power, as well as a continuation of the Circle of Magic series and its spin-offs.

I’m just glad she’s busy. KEEP GOING, Tamora!!


Kristen Cashore

kristin cashore authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: Graceling series

Last Published Work: Bitterblue in 2012

What They’re Up to Now:

*Heavy breathing* Cashore updated her blog on April 4 to say this:

“The reason I have three books in the works at the moment is that I wrote the first draft of one of them – the first one – really fast, but the revisions are going really really slowly. In the meantime, I’ve written a second book that’s now also in revisions and is probably going to overtake the first book. I just handed a revision of the second book in to my editor and she and I are agreed that it’s not yet time for me to take another crack at revising the first book.”

No genres or dates are mentioned, but I feel strangely comforted to know something is happening.


Lois Lowry

lois lowry authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: The Giver Quartet

Last Published Work: Son (Giver #4) by Lois Lowry in 2012, plus a children’s book in 2013

What They’re Up to Now:

I honestly couldn’t find too much about any plans for more YA books from Lowry, although there is another kid’s book in the works (Anastasia Off Her Rocker). I’m bummed for now…but hopeful!


Marcus Zusak

markus zusak authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: The Book Thief, I Am the Messenger

Last Published Work: When Dogs Cry in 2013

What They’re Up to Now:

Although there isn’t an estimated publication date, there’s a book listed on Goodreads for Zusak called Bridge of Clay. The description is: “It’s about a boy. His name is Clay. He’s building a bridge. And he wants that bridge to be something truly great and miraculous.”

Color me intrigued…


Philip Pullman

philip pullman authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: His Dark Materials series + so many others

Last Published Work: Aladdin and the Enchanted Map in 2013 (children’s book)

What They’re Up to Now:

The Book of Dust, a companion series to His Dark Materials, is planned but with no set publication date. Lyra will be the main character and the series is said to be set two years after the events of Lyra’s Oxford.

The expected publication day is “2098.” Thanks, Pullman. Very helpful.


Jerry Spinelli

jerry spinelli authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: Stargirl, Crash, Loser

Last Published Work: Hokey Pokey in 2013 (middle grade)

What They’re Up to Now:

The only thing I was able to find was a 2015 release titled, “Mama Seeton’s Whistle,” which is undoubtably middle grade. Ugh, I really wish he was working on another YA book!

If you have heard anything else (he’s absent from all social media and his website is from the 90s), please let me know, and I’ll update this page.


Jay Asher

jay asher authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: 13 Reasons Why, The Future of Us

Last Published Work: The Future of Us in 2012

What They’re Up to Now:

This is the first time I’ve come up completely empty! Let’s all start harassing…I mean tweeting at him to see what he says and let him know we care!


Libba Bray

libba bray authos who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: Gemma Doyle series, Beauty Queens, Going Bovine

Last Published Work: The Diviners in 2012

What They’re Up to Now:

The next Diviners book, Lair of Dreams, is due to publish in 2015. Which I’m happy about as its been so long since the first one!


Sherman Alexie

sherman alexie authors who haven't written in awhileAuthor Of: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues

Last Published Work: What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Learned in 2012 (poems)

What They’re Up to Now:

Although I couldn’t find any new books being written just yet, Alexie just wrapped up a film project – an adaption of James Welch’s Winter in the Blood. It was released August 20.

I’m sure he’s been busy, but come on Alexie. We. need. MOAR WRITING!


Any too-quite YA authors you’ve been wondering about?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Nori

    Oh my goodness Tamora Pierce has THREE books coming out in 2015? Thank you so much for writing this post! I had no idea but now I can’t wait. :)