PNW Spotlight: Authors of Western Washington

Western Washington is home to a number of well-known writers, many of whom are featured in our Local Authors Collection. Here are some of our favorite authors with ties to Island and Snohomish Counties. 

Snohomish County Authors

Jennifer Bardsley

Romance author Jennifer Bardsley is an Edmonds resident and former columnist for The Daily Herald. Her popular I Brake for Moms column ran from 2012-2023. In addition to romance novels, she also writes young adult paranormal romance under the pen name Louise Cypress.

Talk of the Town

Narcosis Room

Ken Jennings

Jeopardy! host and celebrated contestant Ken Jennings was born in Edmonds and briefly attended the University of Washington. 

100 Places to See After You Die

Julia McConnell

When not staffing the information desk at Lynnwood Library, Adult Services Librarian Julia McConnell can be found writing and has published two books of poems. 

Landlocked

Against the Blue

Rick Steves

International travel expert and television star Rick Steves is a long-time resident of the city of Edmonds where he operates his popular Rick Steves' Europe tour company and travel store. 

Rick Steves Europe Through The Back Door

Chrissy Teigen

Model, celebrity and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen called the city of Snohomish home before moving to California in her early teens. 

Cravings

Addie Woolridge

Romance author Addie Woolridge was born in Mill Creek and attended Henry M. Jackson High School. 

Anatomy Of A Meet Cute

Whidbey Island Authors

Eldritch Black

Originally from London, England, children's author Eldritch Black uses his Whidbey Island home as inspiration for the Weirdbey Island dark fantasy series.  

The Pirates of Penn Cove

Pete Dexter 

A long-time resident of Clinton, author and screenwriter Pete Dexter won the 1988 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Paris Trout

Elizabeth George

Author of the popular and long-running Inspector Lynley mystery series, Elizabeth George's Langley estate served as the inspiration behind her Whidbey Island Saga series. 

The Edge of Nowhere

Jude LaHaye 

From his rustic cabin in rural Whidbey, mystery author Jude LaHaye writes his next paranormal thriller. 

Obsession

Nancy Horan 

Former Chicagoan and later-in-life Whidbey Island transplant, author Nany Horan is known for biographical fiction that re-imagines the lives of famous figures. 

The House of Lincoln

Dan Pedersen

Former U.S. Navy Captain and prominent Langley resident Dan Pedersen is co-author of several Whidbey Island guidebooks and author of several mystery novels set in the area. 

Final Deception

Vicki Robin 

Activist and author Vicki Robin is known for her expertise in personal finance and sustainable food sources

Your Money or your Life

Know A Local Author? Add Them To Our Collection!

Authors who reside or have ties to Snohomish or Island County may apply to have their published work added to the Sno-Isle Libraries collection. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, visit our FAQ section