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Famous Female Novelists

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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 (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia. She was also known for her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and the nonfiction book Wishful Drinking on which it was based. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 62

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 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 book series in history and been the basis for a series of films which became the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 53

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 several books a year, often juggling up to five projects at once. All her novels have been bestsellers, including those issued in hardback. Her formula is fairly consistent, often involving rich families facing a crisis, threatened by dark elements such as jail, fraud, blackmail and suicide. Steel has also published children's fiction and poetry, as well as raising funds for the treatment of mental ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

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

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