Problematic (or Not!) Author Index

Authors are people too… and sometimes they do or say terrible things. Sometimes, they apologize or make reparations. Other times, they hold their ground. Sometimes authors wrote books earlier in their career with representation that perpetuates negative stereotypes or harmfully portrays someone in a minority group.

Sometimes, authors are perfectly lovely people.

This Index is intended as a non-detailed list of all the authors I have researched so far for this blog – deemed problematic or not. The color of the diamond (⬥) after their names indicate the level of problematicness according to my research findings and what the pulse of the community seems to be. For more details on the problematic authors (red, orange, and yellow diamonds), please click the author’s name. For more on how and why this informational directory is compiled and what you can make of it, please review the FAQ.

The color key is as follows:

  • Red: Continues to use their platform to spread hate.
  • Orange: Has a problematic history.
  • Yellow: Has written problematic books.
  • Green: Not problematic to the best of my knowledge.

Individuals in the Red and Orange tiers may also have traits from the tiers below.

This list is subject to change depending on poor behavior or learning and apologies. If someone stands out to you as missing information, please be sure you have thoroughly read the individual’s entry as well as the FAQ before reaching out. Thank you!

As always, please remember that this is is based on my own finding (please read the research) and may not line up with your personal thresholds. I respect your right to judge more (or less) harshly.

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Last Updated: 10/03/2022

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A

B

  • Barrie, J.M.
  • Beddor, Frank
  • Beem, Morgan
  • Berwah, Tanvi
  • Boulley, Angeline
  • Braithwaite, Oyinkan
  • Bray, Libba
  • Bromfield, Asha
  • Brosh, Ali
  • Brown, Eli
  • Brown, Roseanne A.
  • Bryce, Denny S.
  • Bunce, Elizabeth C.
  • Butcher, Jim
  • Bulter, Octavia E.

C

  • Callender, Kacen
  • Canada, Mark
  • Capetta, A.R.
  • Card, Orson Scott
  • Carey, M.R.
  • Carson, Rae
  • Cashore, Kristen
  • Cavallaro, Brittany
  • Chadda, Sarwat
  • Chainani, Soman
  • Chakraborty, S.A.
  • Channing, Wynne
  • Charaipotra, Sona
  • Chen, Gina
  • Cheng, Linda
  • Chetwynd, Catana
  • Chhibber, Preeti
  • Chokshi, Roshani
  • Chupeco, Rin
  • Clayton, Dhonielle
  • Cline, Ernest
  • Colbert, Brandy
  • Colgan, Helena
  • Coles, Jay
  • Collins, Suzanne
  • Condie, Ally
  • Cordingly, David
  • Cotugno, Katie
  • Craig, Erin A.
  • Cremer, Andrea
  • Criado Perez, Caroline
  • Crichton, Michael
  • Cuevas, Mayra

D

E

  • El Akkad, Omar
  • El-Mohtar, Amar
  • Elghazzawi, Nora
  • Emezi, Akwaeke
  • Estep, Jennifer

F

  • Fahmy, Huda
  • Fairstein, Linda
  • Fan, Mary
  • Faring, Sara
  • Farmer, Nancy
  • Fawcett, Heather
  • Forna, Namina
  • Franklin, Ashley
  • Funke, Cornelia

G

H

J

  • Jalaluddin, Uzma
  • Jasinska, Alicia
  • Jean, Emiko
  • Jemisin, N.K.
  • Johnson, Alaya Dawn
  • Johnson, E.K.
  • Johnson, Leah
  • Johnson, Kim
  • Jordan, Sophie
  • Jortner, Adam

K

L

M

  • Maas, Sarah J.
  • Maguire, Gregory
  • Mahurin, Shelby
  • Maldonato, Crystal
  • Mandela, Nelson
  • Mariotte, Jeff
  • Martin, George R.R.
  • Mathieu, Jennifer
  • Mattu, Ayesha
  • Mayne, Andrew
  • McGinnis, Mindy
  • McGuire, Seanan (also: Grant, Mira)
  • McLemore, Anne-Marie
  • McMann, Lisa
  • McWhorter, John
  • Meadows, Jodi
  • Mejia, Tehlor Kay
  • Menon, Sandhya
  • Meridian, Sophie
  • Meyer, Marissa
  • Miller, Sarah
  • Montgomery, Candice
  • Montgomery, L.M.
  • Moore, Christopher
  • Moreno, Nina
  • Morris, Brittney
  • Morrow, Bethany C.
  • Moulite, Maika
  • Moulite, Maritza
  • Moyes, Jojo
  • Muñoz Ryan, Pam

N

  • Nafisi, Azar
  • Ng, Celeste
  • Ngan, Natasha
  • Noble, Thomas F.X.
  • Neuvel, Sylvain

O

  • Obama, Barack
  • Obama, Michelle
  • Okorafor, Nnedi
  • Okparanta, Chinelo
  • Oyeyemi, Helen

P

R

  • Rao, Shobha
  • Reid, Kiley
  • Reynolds, Jason
  • Rice, Anne
  • Riordan, Rick
  • Ritchie, Andrea J.
  • Roehrig, Caleb
  • Rogers, Morgan
  • Rose, Sarah
  • Rowell, Rainbow
  • Rowling, J.K. (also: Galbraith, Robert)
  • Roy, Rachel
  • Russell, Romina
  • Rutkoski, Marie

S

T

  • Tacitus, Cornelius
  • Taghavian, Sarvenaz
  • Talley, Robin
  • Takaoka, Shannon
  • Tan, Sue Lynn
  • Taylor, Jodi
  • Taylor, Laini
  • Taylor, Mildred D.
  • Thomas, Aiden
  • Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah
  • Thorne, Jenn Marie
  • Torres Sanchez, Jenny
  • Trelease, Gita
  • Twain, Mark (NEW)
  • Tyson, Alina

V

  • Vandiver, Elizabeth
  • Verne, Jules
  • Villavicencio, Karla Cornejo
  • Vo, Nghi

W

Y

  • Yi, Susie
  • Young, Adrienne

Z

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