20 Essential Christian Scifi / Fantasy Authors As Chosen By Familyfiction Readers
We asked our readers to name their five favorite Christian SciFi/Fantasy authors, and these 20 talented writers earned the most votes.
1. Ronie Kendig
Ronie Kendig, is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live a short train ride from New York City with their children and a retired military working dog.
2. Morgan L. Busse
Morgan L. Busse is the author of the Follower of the Word Series and the steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. The first novel in her fantasy series The Ravenwood Saga, Mark of the Raven, won the 2019 Carol Award and the 2019 INSPY Award.
3. C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis was a British writer who held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. He is best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, but he is also noted for his other works of fiction, such as The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy.
4. Gillian Bronte Adams (tie)
Gillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, wander-loving fantasy author, rarely found without a coffee in hand and rumored to pack books before clothes when she hits the road. She writes novels that follow outcast characters down broken roads, through epic battles, and onward to adventure.
4. Cathy McCrumb (tie)
Cathy McCrumb graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. While writing is one of her favorite things to do, she also enjoys reading, long hikes and long naps.
6. Sara Ella
Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a castle. Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings.
7. Sharon Hinck (tie)
Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” contemporary novels praised for their strong spiritual themes, emotional resonance, and unique blend of genres. She was named 2007 Writer of the Year at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.
7. Tosca Lee (tie)
Tosca Lee is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals Series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker.
9. Karen Hancock
Karen Hancock won Christy Awards for each of her first four novels: Arena and the first three books in the Legends of the Guardian-King Series: The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within and Shadow over Kiriath.
10. Frank Peretti
Frank Peretti is the author of Monster as well as international bestsellers This Present Darkness, which has sold more than a million copies and was awarded the 1996 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction.
11. Terri Blackstock
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over thirty years of success as a novelist.
12. Ted Dekker (tie)
Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. His passion is simple—to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, and an ECPA Gold Medallion.
12. James R. Hannibal (tie)
James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award-winner for his Section 13 mysteries, a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series, and a Selah Award finalist for his Clandestine Service Series.
14. Ashley Bustamante (tie)
Ashley Bustamante has created stories from the moment she could scribble and staple sheets of paper together. She simply cannot recall a time when writing was not a force in her life.
14. Madeleine L’Engle (tie)
Madeleine L’Engle was an American writer best known for her young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters.
16. Stephen R. Lawhead (tie)
Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as Patrick, The King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King trilogies among others.
16. James R. Rubart (tie)
James R. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Seattle, Washington.
18. Thomas Locke (tie)
Thomas Locke (David Bunn) is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction.
18. Daniel Schwabauer (tie)
Daniel Schwabauer is an award-winning author and teacher. He is the creator of The One Year Adventure Novel, Cover Story, Byline, Amazing True Life Stories and The Legends of Tira-Nor. His young adult novels have received numerous awards, including the 2005 Ben Franklin Award and the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award.
20. Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, and is a RITA finalist.