Many readers know the power couples of literary fiction — Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss (who, technically, aren’t anymore after they recently revealed their split), Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman — but what about genre fiction? There’s plenty of romance in romance … and urban fantasy, science fiction and YA! Below are some genre fiction power couples who just ooze mushy love.
Ilona and Gordon Andrews
The first genre fiction power couple that comes to mind is, of course, Ilona Andrews — the writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. Ilona immigrated to the U.S. from Russia and met Gordon (whose real name is Andrew Gordon, fun fact), and together they wrote Magic Bites. Their Kate Daniels series is extraordinarily popular and the two have such a fun, playful dynamic in person. I’ve seen them on several panels at RT Con, and they’re absolutely delightful.
Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs
YA bestseller Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series, recently married her beau Ransom Riggs, author of the creepy speculative fiction novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and their wedding photos are so romantic and twee. They also have a YouTube channel together, where they post adorable, hilarious videos.
Tiffany Reisz and Andrew Shaffer
Erotica author Tiffany Reisz, known for her Original Sinners series, and author Andrew Shaffer come as a package. I’ve never seen one without the other. While Andrew hasn’t written much genre fiction, he has a story in the 50 First Times new adult anthology and is romance adjacent. He’s the author of the 50 Shades of Grey official parody, 50 Shames of Earl Grey, and everyone in the romance community, at the very least, knows who he is. So they count.
Libba Bray and Barry Goldblatt
The only thing cuter than an author coupling with another author is an author getting together with their agent or editor. Libba Bray is a bestselling YA author, and her husband is literary agent Barry Goldeblatt of BG Literary, who encouraged Libba to write her first YA. He's also her literary agent. You may barf from cuteness overload now.
Laini Taylor and Jim DiBartolo
What is it about awesome YA authors attracting like-minded partners? Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, is married to author and illustrator Jim DiBartolo. And way before Daughter of Smoke and Bone, there was The Drowned, a comic she co-wrote with Jim. Recently, Jim collaborated with YA author Kiersten White for In the Shadows, a supernatural mystery tale told using both pictures and words.
Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
Jeff and Ann have edited some epic speculative fiction anthologies together. When it comes to their notable solo work, Jeff is best known for his collection of stories, City of Saints and Madmen, while Ann became a fiction editor for Weird Tales magazine in 2007, for which she won a Hugo Award. The most recent anthology they edited together released in March, titled The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and contains over 60 time travel stories from authors like George R.R. Martin, Douglas Adams and many, many more.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith
The couple that writes together pens Star Trek tie-in novels. That is, if you’re Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written in so many genres, but is best known for her science fiction and fantasy. Her husband, Dean Wesley Smith, has penned several tie-in novels, and together they have written several Star Trek books as well as the original Tenth Planet series.
Do you have a favorite genre fiction power couple? Did I forget someone? Let me know in the comments!