Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard of them. The author that you think should be that famous and can’t understand why they’re not…
For all my literary omnivorousness, I do tend to read and really enjoy popular authors. I love Neil Gaiman and Gregory Maguire (when he isn’t being a horrible tease about the plot I actually care about in the Wicked cycle), for instance. I am woefully mainstream in this regard.
I do have a few authors that I love that I’m astounded aren’t more popular or well-known, but they have their own concentrated fan bases or, at least, are popular to some degree. (Again: woefully mainstream! This is part of the reason I’m trying to be more widely read.)
For Kristin Cashore and Diana Peterfreund, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. I feel like it’s fairly early on in their literary careers. Cashore’s Graceling really blew me away, and I’m always recommending it to people who have never heard of it. (It helps that Little Shop of Stories has her books. I have to keep myself back from buying the hardback of Fire, since I have a paperback of Graceling.) Diana Peterfreund’s earlier work, I think, probably distracts from Rampant, which was amazing. I don’t have an opinion on her earlier work (haven’t read it), but it appears to be a far cry from killer unicorns. The fact that both writers write young adult fiction might turn off a few snobs, but I think it’s only a matter of time before they’re more well-known and celebrated.