Hi friends! So I did this for Black History Month – created a list of Black Romance Authors which I hope you found helpful. So I wanted to do it for APAHM too.
With SAPAHM months I’ve had some international guests, so the lists might be slightly off – so apologizes if they are, please let me know what to change. (If I couldn’t find a webpage I linked to their Amazon profile page.) And … some of these authors write YA but YA romance, so I added you know – “(YA)” after their names.
Gloria Chao (YA)
Mary H.K. Choi (YA)
Piper J. Drake
Pintip Dunn (YA)
Hafsah Faizal (YA)
Jenny Han (YA)
Julie Kagawa (YA)
Loan Le (YA)
Jade Lee aka Kathy Lyons
Sandhya Menon (YA)
Sophia Singh Sasson
Jesse Q. Sutanto
Lillie Vale (YA)
Jennifer Yen (YA)
International Asian Pacific Islander Authors
Carla de Guzman
Six de los Reyes
Mina V. Esguerra
Farrah F. Polestico
Jay E. Tria
Have you read these authors before? I know there are names I’ve missed – so do you have anyone I should add? (And thank you!)
And as always – if you want to be removed, please let me know.
*ETA: and unlike the other list, the italicized names are ones from crowdsourcing. So I switched it up. Just keeping y’all on your toes. 😉
*ETA² – Clarification after getting numerous comments – mostly on Twitter – Jackie Lau is not the only Asian Canadian author on the list. I included Canada in the “American” list because it’s in N. America, and is closer/much more similar than say someone who lives in Malaysia and has only ever lived in Malaysia. We’ll see how things change next year.
Thanks! 😅 I’m super nervous I messed it up/I’m sure I forgot people or don’t know about people, but I’m very excited to add to it!
I know of two more, but their debut books aren’t releasing till 2022, so I didn’t name them.
😀 You’ll have to tell me next year, Denise!
I think I’m going to keep the lists/post them annually. Not going to bend over backwards/break myself on desperately trying to get posts, but of course SHM posts will always be welcome.
1) Thanks so much for this wonderful list!! Some of my absolute favorites and some that are new to me!
2) Thank you for including me! 🙂
3) Shout out to Tif Marcelo, who writes romance as well as contemporary fiction!!
Of course I’d have included you, Amara! <3
And thank you – I’m adding Tif now! 😀
Some more international authors! Some API, some API-diaspora:
Zen Cho’s books are right between fantasy and romance.
Samira Ahmed (YA)
Jean Kwok’s Mambo in Chinatown could be classified as romance, though Amazon doesn’t.
Also, Jackie Lau is Canadian, not American.
Melia Alexander is from Guam, lives in Oregon
Oh thank you! I’ll add her to the list now 🙂