Ever wondered why the second you think about mystery, Agatha Christie pops up in your thoughts or when it comes to love, romance and scandals, Danielle Steele is the first name on your mind? That’s the power of fiction authors who have made the framework of tales with their creative inscriptions and meticulous writing style. As righty quoted by Stephen King, “Fiction is a lie and a good fiction is the truth inside the lie.” Whether its horror, science fiction, mystery, thriller, romance or literature there are prominent names that rule a certain genre. Sidney Sheldon, Robin Cook, Jefrey Archer created magic in their own niche but in the past few years new writers have come up with an equal flare of writing and creativity. Listed below are the top 10 modern fiction authors of the current era.
10. Jodi Picoult:
The American author writes with an excellent feel, a sharp eye for detail and a firm grasp of the complexity and delicacy of human relationships. Born in 1966, Jodi Lynn Picoult came up with a story when she was just 5 years old. Picoult has written around 22 novels the recent ones being “Lone Wolf” and “Between the Lines”. The author debuted with “Nineteen Minutes” which became #1 on the New York Bestseller list followed by “Change of Heart” creating the same impact on the NYT Bestseller list.
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9. Dean Koontz:
America’s most popular suspense novelist puts his heart and soul into his script, creating each and every page full of suspense, thrill and excitement. Full of mystery, horror and science fiction his books have been published in 38 languages and he has sold around 400 million copies till date. Thirteen out of 20 books he wrote topped the New York Best Sellers List, making the Pennsylvanian writer one among the few writers ever to achieve this milestone. It wouldn’t be surprising to know that his books have also been best sellers in countries as diverse as Sweden and Japan.
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8. David Baldacci:
Best recognized for political thrillers, Baldacci knows how to keep his readers motivated throughout the book. By profession a lawyer, he made a big splash in the literary bandwagon with his first novel, “Absolute Power”, an International Best seller. All his books are intriguing and interesting including the latest, “The Innocent”.
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7. Ken Follet:
A master story teller and one of the world’s most loved modern fiction authors, Ken Follet, is renowned for his historical novels in many countries. His latest, “Fall of Giants” opened straight to the #1 position in many countries including US, Germany, Italy, France and Spain. His first book “Eye of the Needle” won him the prestigious Edgar Award. Some of his best seller thrillers include “The Man from St. Petersberg”, “Lie Down with The Lions”, “Triple” and “The Key to Rebecca”. Watch out for his next, “Winter of The World” about the Spanish Civil War in September this year.
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6. J K Rowling:
The story teller who recreated the magic of fairy tales and supernatural powers, Joanne Kathleen Rowling is a household name for her famous fantasy series, “Harry Potter”. The tale of wizards and witches won the British author worldwide recognition and many prestigious awards. With more than 400 million copies sold worldwide, the Potter books became the best selling book series in history. Watch out for her first adult novel, “The Casual Vacany” this September.
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5. Nora Roberts:
The Queen of Romance, Nora Roberts, has written more than 209 novels. A large amount of her books has been awarded with Golden Medallion Awards, RITA awards and Quill Awards. With over 400 millions copies of her novels are in print including 12 million sold alone in 2005. Roberts work of fiction has been on the NYT Bestselling list for a combined 660 weeks making her a strong name in the list of modern fiction authors.
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4. John Grisham:
John Grisham is a well known name among the readers who are fond of “Legal Thrillers”. Born in 1955, John is an American writer who became a successful author with some of his best-selling novels. Before hitting the writing space, he was a flourishing lawyer and politician. He has written fiction as well as non-fiction but his fictionary work is more popular. Some of his books that topped the fiction category charts are “The Firm”, “The Testament”, “The Summons” and “The Rainmaker”. His latest release, “Theodore Boone” has had great positive reviews too.
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3. Khaled Hosseini:
The moment I take the name of Khaled Hosseini the saga of “The Kite Runner” emerges in your thoughts. The heartbreaking tale released in 2003 was an International best seller. The brave and honorable story illustrates the Afghan born American’s remarkable writing style which made him popular worldwide. His second book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” too was a hit among the readers. The entwined tale of Mariam and Laila spent 49 weeks on the NYT Bestseller List for hardcover fiction and 21 weeks for paperback fiction.
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2. Paulo Coelho:
Who isn’t aware of the famous Paulo Coelho’s quotes, the amazing ideas depicted in his writing and the motivational thoughts he shares with his fans. The Brazilian novelist is a well known name across the globe for his inspirational writings. He started his career in 1982 with his first release, “Hell Archives”. The book failed to create an impact. However, the story of his second release, The Alchemist does not need any introduction. The book became the Brazilian best seller. It also made a Guiness world record for the most translated books as it was translated in 67 different languages making Paulo Coelho one of the famous modern fiction authors. He has written many good books on drama and philosophy including “Brida”, “Eleven Minutes”, “The Zahir” and “Like The Flowing River”.
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Edward and Bella of The Twilight Series; who doesn’t know about them? A story about an implausible romance between a vampire and a human girl made the young American novelist famous among the young generation. Soon after the success of the brilliantly crafted love story,”Twilight”, Meyer followed it up with the three equally interesting and intriguing sequels, “New Moon”, “Eclipse” and “The Breaking Dawn”. After the vampire series and “Host”, she has a new book in her kitty,”The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”.
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