Sprinkles of Dreams Author Feature — Writers to Watch and Love

Sprinkles of Dreams Author Feature // Debut Authors & Writers to Watch (& Love)

Hello, my favorite people on the internet! 🤍

Months have passed by since my last blog post—manuscripts have been drafted, edited, and sold, books have been published and devoured, have pierced our hearts, given us all the thrills and chills, ripped the floor out from under us in one fell swoop; my reading has gone through rough times and wonderful times (simultaneously, at times)—but one thing has stayed constant throughout it all: my passion for boosting writers and books I’m passionate about.

So here I am, finally back on my blog, and more than delighted to talk about writers and debut authors I have so much admiration and appreciation for that it’s impossible to condense it into a handful of paragraphs (though I will attempt it, nonetheless). They have wholly and irreparably enchanted me with their presence, and brilliance—and I hope they will enchant you as well.

(As always, this is a non-exhaustive list!)

SHELLEY PARKER-CHAN & SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN

“Sweeping across an epic alternate China, She Who Became the Sun is Mulan meets The Song of Achilles—a bold reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty as the story of a female monk who will stop at nothing to gain the Mandate of Heaven and achieve greatness.”

Shelley Parker-Chan — Author Picture

Shelley Parker-Chan is an Asian-Australian former diplomat who worked on human rights, gender equality and LGBT rights in Southeast Asia. She was raised on Greek myths, Arthurian legend and Chinese tales of suffering and tragic romance, her debut novel She Who Became the Sun owes more than a little to all three.

I don’t think I need to elaborate any further than I already have (in excess) on how much I adore The Song of Achilles, and how much Mulan means to me personally—so, unsurprisingly, I do not possess the words to express just how much I’m yearning to get my hands on She Who Became the Sun.

My yearning has only intensified after hearing praises about it from Alix E. Harrow, namely: “there’s history/war/exquisite pacing/gorgeous writing, etc, but there’s also a moment when the prince orders his finest general to kneel and the general replies, his voice low, “would you like me to?”.

Suffice it to say, I’m fully ready to perish at the hands of this novel.

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AVA REID

I only stumbled across Ava on Twitter a while ago, but I’m already so in love with her aesthetics and the vibes she exudes??

Her incredible, incredible-sounding novel The Wolf & The Woodsman releases on June 8th next year, and its synopsis has grabbed me by my throat, its sharp teeth sinking into me unrelentingly, irreversibly. I already find myself checking for updates and snippets every once in a while (I’m okay, it’s okay).

Twitter | Instagram | Website

The Wolf and the Woodsman — Ava Reid

Her debut follows the story of a young pagan woman with hidden powers, who forms an unlikely alliance with the captain of the Woodsmen to thwart a tyrant, and it’s got:

– hungarian history & jewish myth
– enemies to lovers
– magic system based on body horror*

Also, as always, we stan authors who provide content warnings.

GINA CHEN

Where do I even start? You all know how much of a sucker I am for beautiful prose, and Gina’s is absolutely gorgeous, stunning, breathtaking … I could go on. Her snippets always leave me breathless and in awe, trying to catch my breath as I wait for the next one.

I can already see myself dedicating an entire weekend to her debut Violet Made of Thorns when the time comes, simply so that I can reread her masterfully crafted sentences over and over again, and bask in their glory.

Violet Made of Thorns is a darkly romantic, fairytale-inspired YA fantasy, for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.” (……… by the way, did I mention it has an Asian anti-heroine and hate/love deliciousness?)

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CHRISTINA LI

Clues to the Universe — Christina Li // Sprinkles of Dreams
Clues to the Universe — Christina Li // Sprinkles of Dreams

Christina has one of the most soothing, lovely, and warm presences on Book Twitter—whenever I see her tweets, it’s like a gentle ray of sunshine has graced my feed. One of my uncontested faves.

She is currently working on a WIP I’m l o o k i n g very, very hard at—but before I get ahead of myself, her debut Clues to the Universe (releasing in January!) is an immensely wholesome, touching MG novel with characters that end up owning a small piece of your heart by the time you turn the last page, and emerge from the wondrousness and temporary reprieve from reality that their story brings you.

I can’t wait for everyone to fall in love with Ro, a spunky Asian-American girl rocket scientist, and Benji, a shy artist looking for his father, and both laugh and cry amidst their journey of navigating through grief “with families born and found”*.

✨ Twitter | Instagram | Website

JOEL ROCHESTER

Joel Rochester // Sprinkles of Dreams

Did someone say sunshine personified? Most of you probably know Joel as a BookTuber already—or rather BookTube legend (!!!)—but when I think of him, I still associate him with the Joel I met before his social media presence took off so spectacularly, which means that to me he’s simply one of the best, most generous people in the book community. (I’m not exaggerating, okay.)

I feel incredibly lucky and honored to have been able to experience his writing first-hand—his short story The Boy and the Dragon was so touching and filled with so much heart—and I’m simply biding my time until the publishing world gets to experience his work(s) and fall in love with him as a writer, too.

His latest WIP titled The Dream Prince is an ownvoices novel for Black & bisexual rep, featuring:

– enemies to lovers
– two soft princes who communicate through dreams
– a powerful curse, tyrannical kings, brewing wars
– lost prophecies & ancient cults
– portal fantasy x court intrigue
– s l o w -burn romance

(Be still, my beating heart.)

✨ Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

XIRAN JAY ZHAO

Let me present to you: the writer who is going to turn your world upside down—or, in other words: Xiran Jay Zhao wrote a mecha pilot re-imagining of Wu Zetian.

If that alone doesn’t make your heart beat faster in your chest, let it sink in that about a decade ago, they barely spoke English, and now their duology has not only sold, but will be translated into French, Italian, and Spanish (!!!).

Iron Widow Aesthetic — Xiran Jay Zhao // Sprinkles of Dreams

Their debut Iron Widow‘s tagline reads “Concubines. Feminism. Giant magical mecha. East Asian myth.” and is described as A Pacific Rim x The Handmaid’s Tale retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female Emperor in Chinese history.

It’s going to be the first book in a duology, and I just— [clenches fist] I can not w a i t to hold it in my hands.

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RACQUEL MARIE

Everyone who’s active in the book community most likely already knows Racquel (or Rocky) as Blonde With A Book from YouTube, so I will just tell you to a) follow her BookTube channel, and b) get ready to get excited about her debut!!

(Yes, it releases in spring ’22. No, it’s not too early to be excited.)

Twitter | Youtube

Ophelia After All is a coming-of-age/coming-out story featuring a Cuban-American main character who questions her sexuality, as well as platonic love & intimacy (we love to see it), rose gardening, prom, and literary theory.*

Not only can I not wait for this gem of a book that’s infused with her bright, sparkling personality and ready wit to hit the shelves, I’m so incredibly excited for her personally, and I can’t wait to see where her publishing journey will lead her.

(Go add Ophelia After All on Goodreads now!!)

ZOE HANA MIKUTA

Zoe Hana Mikuta

To be perfectly honest … I’m lowkey intimidated by Zoe. (There. I said it.) Do you ever feel anxiety slowly creeping up on you, goosebumps rising, by the mere thought of simply being ~perceived~ by someone—simply because they are so incredibly, effortlessly cool?

And since her coolness is invariably going to seep into her writing, Gearbreakers will unquestionably be the very essence of cool; capital c.

Prepare yourself for the Korean rep of your dreams featuring a crew of bighearted renegade kids, found family, mecha-deities, cyborg girls in leather jackets—and last, but not least, cyberpunk sapphics tattooing each other as a form of affection.*

✨ Twitter | YouTubeWebsite

Who are some of the writers/authors that you admire?
Any WIPs you’re excited to know more about?
(Any blog posts you’d like to see on my blog, now that my hiatus is over-adjacent?)

love, lily — Sprinkles of Dreams
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45 thoughts on “Sprinkles of Dreams Author Feature // Debut Authors & Writers to Watch (& Love)”

  1. WOAH this list looks AWESOME. I think that She who Steals the Sun, The Dream Prince and Iron Widow sounds the best! Mulan crossed with Song of Achilles??? That sounds AMAZING.
    An author I admire is probably Aiden Thomas. That sounds kinda weird to say because despite the fact that their debut novel Cemetery Boys came out in September and has been on my TBR since May, I haven’t read it yet. But this book and the books that they’ve written that aren’t yet out sound totally up my alley so I can’t wait to get my hands on them (Christmas is coming and so is Cemetery Boys hopefully)

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    1. Thank you!! And yes, I’m so excited for both of these books—hopefully we’ll get to read them soon!

      Aiden Thomas is such an icon!! I really hope you’ll love Cemetery Boys when you get around to reading it, fingers crossed it’ll find its way under your Christmas tree. 🤞🏻

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! ✨

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      1. Yeah!

        Aaah I’ve heard SO MANY GOOD THINGS about Cemetery Boys and everything is GLOWING. I can’t imagine I wouldn’t like it but some things disappoint us…I’d hate for that to happen though because I’ve been wanting to read it for so long! It’s practically my favorite book already heh.

        Thank you for writing the post!

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  2. I’m so excited for the Gen Z authors to take the publishing world by storm because I too am L O O K I N G at some of their WIPs! Welcome back Lily!!

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  3. Firstly … WELCOME BACK, LOVE!!!!!!!!! I’m so glad to see you posting!! I hope you have been doing well! I feel you with the posts … I’ve disappeared on and off this year. But it’s always nice to come back 🥰. Thanks for this list btw! I haven’t heard of any of these authors *the shame* so I’ll need to look into these authors and their books!!

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  5. aaahh lily i missed your posts so much!! 🥺
    this post made me want to open my dusted wips and work on them again because all of these people are so inspiring and they all work so hard. i want to support them all!

    your post is so lovely! your writing is so beautiful! hope you are well and safe ❤️

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  6. I remember hearing about She Who Became the Sun a while back and immediately adding it to my TBR, but now with that description from Alix E Harrow as well?? I am SO excited to read it. Clues to the Universe also sounds delightful—I’m always looking for more emotional and uplifting MG! Gearbreakers also sounds incredibly epic and I’m also intimidated (in the best possible way) by that description. So many incredible writers and books to get excited about 😀 Thanks for putting together this list! ❤

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  7. This is such a great list! I am especially interested in Violet Made On Thorns because I am a massive Cruel Prince fan so any comparison to that has me totally sold.

    Posts like this are more important than ever. I’ve read a lot recently that debut authors really suffered this year as people have been way more into backlist books.

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      1. I know, it’s interesting isn’t it? Apparently this has really been the year of rereading old favourites too, which has had an impact. That makes a lot of sense to me – I have been doing it too! 2020 has added another layer of comfort to stories you already know the ending of

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  8. So happy to see you on my feed again!!! 🥰💕 I love this feature as it introduces me to so many great debut authors! I’m especially intrigued by The Wolf and the Woodsman, though it sounds a bit too dark for me (always appreciate authors who include content warnings!) Violet Made of Thorns sounds amazing as well!

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    1. Ahh you’re so sweet, thank you so much, Caro!! 💕💕

      So glad to hear you like it, and definitely, I’m going to have to prepare myself mentally a n d brace myself when I dive into it. Violet Made of Thorns sounds so good, especially since I know how lovely the writing is going to be 🥺

      I hope you’re doing well, Caro, I’ve missed chatting with you 💗

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  9. welcome back to the blogosphere, Lily! i’m so happy to read a post from you again 💕 this is such a lovely and wholesome post, it made my heart warm 😭 Clues to the Universe is already on my TBR and i’m very much looking forward to reading it, it sounds so good :’)

    i hope you’ve been doing well, sending so many good vibes & love to you for the new year ✨💓

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  10. Omg yay Lily so so so glad to see a post from you. I’m so behind on blog posts so I’m sorry this is late. But ahhhh LOVE LOVE LOVED this. I’ve been so excited about Christina Li, Joel and Zoe Hana Mikuta because likes,,, HOW COOL DO THEIR BOOKS SOUNDS. Can’t wait for them to come out. And just added so many other titles to my tbr. Lots of love xoxoxo

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  11. Hi Lily! I’m new to your blog, but I’m already loving the vibes here. This is such a wonderful post, and all these books sound so, so incredible. You’re making me even more excited to read these! She Who Became the Sun is one of my anticipated releases, and the prince and general line sounds so atmospherically tense already 😅 WOW I hadn’t heard of The Dream Prince before but now I really want it 😂 And Violet Made of Thorns (what a gorgeous title!) sounds super interesting. Clues to the Universe sounds like such a heartwarming MG and the author seems so sweet! Again, fabulous list!!

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