Would-be published writers blog all over the Internet, but what about established authors? I can’t claim this is a comprehensive list because I had to do some digging, as I couldn’t find a really good list anywhere else, except for this good list of Science Fiction/Fantasy writers who blog (some of the writers are reproduced below). The list that follows is limited to writers of fiction; there are quite a few nonfiction writers who also blog, but perhaps that compilation is for another time.
- Poppy Z. Brite (Drawing Blood, Antediluvian Tales, Exquisite Corpse, and many others)
- Cory Doctorow (Overclocked, Little Brother, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom)
- Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and many, many more): My favorite writer blog.
- William Gibson (Neuromancer, Spook Country, Burning Chrome)
- Laurell K. Hamilton (Guilty Pleasures, Nightseer, A Kiss of Shadows)
- Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts)
- Caitlin R. Kiernan (Threshold, Silk, Daughter of Hounds)
- Joshilyn Jackson (Between, Georgia, gods in Alabama, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming): I wonder if she lives nearby?
- Erica Jong (Fear of Flying, Shylock’s Daughter, How to Save Your Own Life): Jong blogs about politics at the Huffington Post.
- Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time series): Yes, I know he’s passed on, but he blogged for a fair amount of time, and friends/family are continuing his blog.
- Stephenie Meyer (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, The Host): For all intents and purposes, the movie section of her site is a blog.
- George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones, Dying of the Light, The Ice Dragon)
- J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series): If your definition of “blog” is liberal, then her web site diary is one.
- John Scalzi (The Ghost Brigades, Old Man’s War, The Android’s Dream)
If the list seems to be dominated by science fiction and fantasy writers, well, then that’s because it is. I looked for other types of writers to include, but if they’re blogging, I didn’t find it. I suspect that sf/f writers would naturally be quicker to adopt this method of communicating with their fans because they tend to be “geeks,” and it stands to reason that more “geeks” blog than non-geeks. Present company included, of course.
Do you know of any I missed? Share in the comments, and I will update the list.