For the most part, writers are not thought of as very attractive. In fact, writers are often portrayed as a bit homely. I mean, no one is really dressing up as a sexy writer on Halloween, are they?
Considering the amount of coffee one must drink in order to write an entire novel and the lack of physical activity that comes with the job of being a writer, it is easy to understand why writers would be portrayed as coffee-breathed, ink stained weirdos. And, for the most part, we are! We sit in dark rooms all day and play with our imaginary friends. No, but seriously, that’s basically what writing is. If you’re left to your own devices in that manner for long periods of time, running a comb through your hair can easily evolve from part of your daily routine into a weekly activity.
However, not all writers look like creatures who have sat in front of their computer screen and not left their apartment for the past three years. In fact, some writers are (dare I say it?) really, really hot. Some writers look like they should be celebrities.
The following list includes ten female writers who don’t look like they sit in front of a computer screen at all. They have glowing smiles, fit physiques and shiny hair. How they have managed to write New York Times best-sellers without turning into the sweatpants-wearing, coffee-drinking, pizza-ordering messes is beyond me.
11. Andrea Syrtash
While Andrea Syrtash is primarily a dating and relationship expert, she also has three novels on the topic under her belt (not too shabby). One of her books is cheekily entitled It’s Okay to Sleep With Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked. On top of that, she has also contributed to over a dozen other relationship books. No stranger to the spotlight, this gorgeous brunette has made appearances on The View, The Today Show, CNN Headline News and a few others.
10. Marisha Pessl
Marisha graduated college with a degree in English literature, but after graduation, didn’t immediately dive into a writing profession. She worked as a financial consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, but continued writing in her free time. Her third attempt at a novel was a hit. Special Topics in Calamity Physics went on to become a New York Times best-seller. Pessl is creative in many fields, not just literature. She was also a contributing musician to the album Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge from The Peirces.
9. Tasha Alexander
Besides being a beautiful blonde, Tasha Alexander is also a New York Times best-selling author. Her work as been translated into more than a dozen languages and has also been nominated for the Bruce Alexander Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award. She writes historical mysteries, most notably her Lady Emily series, which is a 10-book series set in the 1890s. Her work is known for it’s historical accuracy.
8. Jhumpa Lahiri
Want to talk about starting out a career out with a bang? Lahiri’s debut collect of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, went on to win the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also has friends in high places. Barack Obama appointed her to the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities. Her most recent novel, The Lowland, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. When she isn’t busy writing critically acclaimed fiction, she teaches at Princeton University.
7. Karen Russell
It would be easy to hate Karen Russell for all her success at such a young age if she wasn’t so darn adorable. After earning her MFA at Columbia University, her first novel, Swamplandia!, a magic realism novel about a family of alligator wrestlers set in Florida that was released in 2011 to a glowing review by The New York Times. It was short-listed for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and may have won if it had not been a year when no Pulitizer Prize Winner was selected. In 2013, she was awarded a McArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” further proving how amazingly talented of a writer she is. All of this and she is only 34 years old.
6. Lizabeth Zindel
Lizabeth Zindel is an author of young adult fiction and contributing editor of Social Life, a luxury publication of The Hamptons. She’s published three novels entitled Girl of the Moment, The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies, and A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills. Lizabeth’s work has appeared in People Magazine, Cosmo Girl, Justine, and other publications. Her success in literature was almost destiny as her mother is also a novelist and her father is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning playwright.
5. Katherine Taylor
With two novels under her belt, Katherine Taylor is a seasoned novelist. Her stories and essays have been published in The New York Times, Town & Country, Elle, and many other various publications. She earned her master’s degree at Columbia University. Her first novel, Rules For Saying Goodbye, a heartfelt story about a woman finding her way in New York, was meant with positive reviews. On top of all of these accomplishments, she also won a Pushcart Prize.
4. Melanie Notkin
Notkin, the stunning brunette with beautiful skin, doesn’t want to have children and has built a career around this. Notkin founded the website Savvy Auntie to bring together a community of like-minded women who love children but don’t want to have children. Considering that 50% of American women don’t have children, she has a pretty large audience. As for being a writer, Notkin’s work often appears in The New York Times. She is also a contributing writer to Huffington Post. She’s also written two books on the subject, Otherhood and Sauvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids. Sauvy Auntie is Wall Street Journal best-seller.
3. Kiri Blakeley
Kiri Blakeley is gorgeous and also smart as a whip. She is has written for Forbes, Marie Claire, and The New York Post, just to name a few. In 2011, she released her memoir Can’t Think Straight, detailing the experience she had when she fiancé came out of the closet. After having been with him for 10 years, her book goes on to detail her experiences with getting back into the dating world, a world she thought she had left behind for good.
2. Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn is currently enjoying a lot of success. All three of her very dark novels have been New York Times best-sellers. After 20th Century Fox purchased the film rights for Gone Girl for a meagre $1.5 million, Flynn adapted her novel into a screenplay, winning quite a few awards for her adaptation. Gone Girl was a box office success, making $369 million worldwide on its reported $61 million budget. Proven to be an excellent screenwriter, it has been reported that Flynn will be writing scripts for an upcoming HBO drama series, directed and produced by David Fincher. Oh, and on top of all of this success, she’s a stunning brunette. Some women really can have it all.
1. Vicki Pettersson
The beautiful redhead Vicki Pettersson is a New York Times best-selling author best known for her Signs of the Zodiac series and Celestial Blues trilogy, both of which are set in Las Vegas, where she was born and raised. Pettersson tends to write across genres, featuring both paranormal and crime noir elements in her novels. Las Vegas serves as an inspiration for her literature but it also positioned her to take on a very cool job for the decade before becoming a full time writer. That’s right, the fiery Vicki Pettersson worked as a showgirl for 10 years at The Tropicana while penning her first novel.
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