10 Author Websites You Should Check Out, 2012

In today’s fast-paced, technological-savvy world, it seems like everyone has an online presence. For authors, it’s a great way for readers to find out more about their books and lets them show their personalities. I recently scoured the internet for author websites, picking out ones that caught my eye due to their aesthetics, how the site reflects their newest book, or just having a really cool concept. Here are my Top 10 author websites you should check out!

1. Leigh Fallon: leighfallon.com Leigh Fallon’s website uses the same colours from the cover of her novel Carrier of the Mark. The white background gives her website a clean look while the crows perched on the black, curvy limbs of the tree suggests the intriguing and mysterious nature of her book. And the quotes in blue, which fade on and off screen, are definitely a nice touch!

2. Steven Hall: steven-hall.org The front page may seem simple to the average lurker, but if you’re a fan of The Raw Shark Texts, it is quite clever. I urge everyone to read the book and find out why this image of a fish made out of words connects so well to the concept in the novel.

3. Grace McCleen: gracemccleen.com

Have you seen the cover of Grace McCleen’s debut novel A Land of Decoration? The layout of her website echoes its appearance.

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4. Isabella LaFlèche: sabellelafleche.com

Adore Paris? Love New York City? You’ll love this feminine, chic layout, featuring Isabelle LaFlèche’s J’adore New York.

5. Michael Kusugak: michaelkusugak.com

Michael Kusugak is the author of The Curse of a Shaman and is best known for A Promise Is a Promise, which he co-wrote withRobert Munsch. He celebrates Inuit culture in both his books and on his website. I loved the wintery theme. Plus, my favourite colour is blue, so it became an automatic fav.

6. Amy Krouse Rosenthal: whoisamy.com

During my search for websites, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s layout was memorable. At first glance, it may seem simple, but the interactive element encourages you to stick around a little longer. Amy is a children’s writer. She is known for her books: Plant a Kiss and One Smart Cookie. Her website makes you feel like a kid again, encouraging you play around with the ambiance controls at the bottom of the yellow umbrella. You decide on the music and what kind of day it is (rainy, sunny, or windy), making the umbrella react to your choices. Give it a try! It’s fun!

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7. Shel Silverstein: shelsilverstein.com

On the late Shel Silverstein’s website there is a cool animated intro, featuring his own illustrations. (Silverstein’s best known for his books The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends.) Afterwards, it brings up the main page, showcasing different categories with illustrations. If you move your cursor over the images, they come to life!

8. Jess Richards: Jessrichards.com

The colour choices and the images work together beautifully, emitting the same strange and intriguing vibe Jess Richards creates in her first novel Snake Ropes.

9. Lauren Oliver: laurenoliverbooks.com

This website is both gorgeous as it is haunting. On the main page, there are a few trees huddled together. Their middles are hollowed out, displaying some of Lauren Oliver’s books Delirium, Pandemonium, Before I Fall and Liesl & Po. When you check out the other pages to website, there’s an image of Lauren appearing like a ghost while sitting in front of a typewriter.

10. Peter James: peterjames.com

The reason why you should check this website out is its animated shorts, featuring Peter James’ Not Dead Yet and Perfect People. I especially loved the one for Not Dead Yet. It radiates suspense and uneasiness as you watch something or someone following a woman, getting closer and closer. Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 5.07.57 PM So tell me, which is your favourite author website? Is there an author’s website you particularly love that isn’t featured here? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter. Steph Follow me on Twitter: @StephFurlan

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