Whether you call the category “teen” or “young adult,” there is plenty of literature targeted at readers ages 12 and up being written by authors in the greater Seattle area.

Stephenie Meyer, although she set her Twilight series in Forks, WA, is not a Seattle author.  (She lives in Arizona.)

Sherman Alexie.  He won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for his YA debut, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Mary Jane Beaufrand. Beaufrand’s debut novel, Primavera, is exciting Italian Renaissance historical fiction

Heather Davis.  Davis’s first teen novel goes on sale September 1, 2009.  It’s titled Never Cry Werewolf.  It should be a fun, new addition to the teen paranormal romance genre.

Richelle Mead.  This Seattle area author has a popular vampires-at-boarding-school series, Vampire Academy, with #4, Blood Promise. Mead has been lauded by the American Library Association and on the New York Times Bestseller list for the series.

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There sure are a lot of Seattle authors! And I haven’t read a single one of them. Well, I’ve read Twilight, but that doesn’t really count. I went to go pick up the first Vampire Academy book today, dang store didn’t have it 😛 .

Have you read any of these authors? Are you planning on reading one?