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List of famous female novelists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female novelists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being novelists. There are thousand of females working as novelists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic novelists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a novelist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Shauna Singh Baldwin to Kathy Lette and more.

While this isn't a list of all female novelists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female novelists?" and "Who are the best female novelists?"
Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Novelists
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Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will reprise the character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She is also known for her bestselling novel Postcards ...more

Age: 60

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

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Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Novelists
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Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Novelists
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Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE FRSL, pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling ...more

Age: 51

Birthplace: Yate, United Kingdom

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Novelists
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Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, better known by the name Danielle Steel, is an American novelist, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. Based in California for most of her career, Steel has produced ...more

Age: 69

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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