It’s gearing up to be a top year ahead for book lovers, with plenty of hype around the best authors of 2022. This includes many new writers, and those who are already at the top of their game. That being said, here are 10 rising authors we believe you should watch out for in 2022.
An award-winning author, acclaimed public speaker, and professional writing coach, Allison Fallon has helped hundreds of thousands of authors to finally make their writing dreams a reality. Working with everyone, from beginners to New York Times Bestselling Authors, Allison draws upon her own experience as an author to help others needing a little extra guidance.
Alison’s books showcase her passion for helping others. Her latest book, The Power of Writing it Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life, is a call to write for anyone looking to better understand themselves or what they’ve been through. Acting as a force of love and the change she wants to see in the world, Alison has now made it her mission to help others share their thoughts and words with the world.
It can be difficult to know where to even begin, and taking that first step can be paralysing for those self- identifying as ‘not “real writers’. Seeking to empower and embolden, Alison created Find Your Voice, an online education platform for writers to turn their ideas into life-changing books. For Alison simply writing the book is not enough, it’s about empowering others to understand what they’re truly capable of achieving.
Rising author John Driver is a prolific writer, podcaster, husband, and father. He has authored, co-authored, and served as a primary collaborative writer for over 28 books. One of his most outstanding works is his satirical solo project, “The Ultimate Guide for the Avid Indoorsman”, which won the Best Book Award in the Humour category at the American Book Fest and Silver Awards for humour at the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Readers’ Favourite Awards.
John is also a full-time minister who has been serving his community for the last two decades. Before he dedicated himself entirely to ministry and writing, he earned a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee, where he was a Whittle Scholar.
His most recent book release “Not So Black and White: An Invitation to Honest Conversations About Race and Faith” was co-authored with speaker Reggie Dabbs. It focuses on how to be antiracist in current America and it’s a courageous, challenging, and hopeful book. Racism is a confusing, complex topic, but anyone who’s eager to engage in meaningful discussion will find this book extremely valuable.
Additionally, he hosts a weekly podcast with comedian Jonnie W. called “Talk About That”, where they discuss current events, matters of faith, and cultural currents. Their approach is direct, light-hearted, and humorous. John offers a fresh perspective both as an author and podcaster, so his work is meaningful and engaging.
Rising author Crystal Daye is the Chief Operating Officer of DayeLight Publishers, a publishing company where she coaches other authors and helps them publish their BestSeller. Crystal has a true gift with words and she’s the Award-Winning Author of 9 books. However, her fantastic skills are not only focused on the written word. She’s also an International Speaker, known for her transparency and is passionate about using her story and gifts to leave a major IMPACT .
Crystal is also a Certified Christian Life Coach and host of the Diary of a Jesus Girl Podcast. She drives people into action and challenges them to never settle for less than God’s best. Her commitment to using her God-given platforms to make a positive impact on the world is truly unmatched.
Through DayeLight Publishers, she serves as a global book coach and brand strategist. She’s passionate about helping new and emerging authors realise their dreams by helping them write, publish, market, and monetise their books. Crystal’s background and life story heavily influence her dedication. She grew up in poverty and she was told she would never be successful.
After a life of partying, promiscuity, abuse, and struggles, she found Jesus Christ and she became whole again. Her books focus on 3 core pillars of life – Intimacy With God, Discovering Your Identity and Using your gifts to Impact others. Through her books, she turned her personal story into teachable moments to offer solutions to others. Writing helped her find a voice and then she expanded it to become a positive influence.
Rising author, expert mental health consultant, psychotherapist, and speaker Dr. Charryse Johnson is the Founder of Jade Integrative Counselling and Wellness. She is an integrative therapist who helps individuals clarify their personal values, search for meaning, and own the power of choice. Additionally, she is an executive wellness consultant that helps organizations develop and incorporate strategic initiatives that center inclusivity and emotional well-being.
As a veteran psychotherapist, Dr. Johnson works with individuals, couples, and families, navigating challenging life transitions, crisis, and trauma. The unique combination of her education and lived experiences allow her to tailor and customize her approach while maintaining effectiveness.
Her impressive resume doesn’t stop there. Dr. Johnson holds a B.A. in both Vocal Music and Human Development and Family Studies; an M.A. in Professional Counselling, and she recently finished her doctoral defense to finalize her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology, with a focus on crisis and trauma. She is also trained in Brainspotting and embodied recovery practices.
InAugust 2021 she released her first book, Expired Mindsets, and was recently hand-picked to be an Executive Contributor for Brainz Magazine, where Entrepreneurs, Coaches, and Business Experts share their knowledge. Dr.Johnson is a highly skilled practitioner creating a bold new lane within the intersection of mental health, neurorelational approaches, spirituality, and integrative wellbeing.
Rising author Peter Stoddard recently decided to write for a living, even though it’s something he has been doing his entire career. He is the founder of Stoddard Media and Yankee Redneck Media, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia. Peter has diverse experience and he used to work in sales, real estate, corporate events management, and more.
All the jobs Peter’s had in his career have required him to write well in one form or another. As such, he has been able to work on his skills and develop his style. In late 2018, he began researching the legacy of Lewis Grizzard, one of the finest humourists in America and his personal favourite. Without meaning to, he has become the world’s foremost expert on Lewis Grizzard and he has found his calling as a writer.
Peter was the first author to ever write a book about the man and in 2021, he published a second book. He also speaks to groups about this amazing humourist and he is dedicated to telling his stories in a way that would make Lewis proud. After all, his legacy shouldn’t fade and Peter is proud to have a part in preventing that from happening.
With the Atlanta Braves having won the World Series and the Georgia Bulldogs having won the National Championship, speaking and writing opportunities should open up for Peter on a grand scale. Lewis was a rabid fan who wrote about both in newspapers and his books.
Rising author Kristina Smeriglio has always been fascinated by the complexities of the human experience. She has always strived to understand the roles of the mind and the heart, of the psyche and emotions, so it has become the main theme of her work. Kristina focuses particularly on how the mind and our range of emotions change and are affected by our environment.
Kristina spends much of her time wondering about the human experience and exploring the age-old question, “why are we here?” She explored that very same question and many others in her novel, Falling Into Fire, as she dove deep into The Garden of Earthly Delights, the famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch.
Currently, she lives in Miami, FL, where she works as an editor and ghostwriter for independent authors and organisations. She loves her work deeply and when she’s not writing or editing novels, she’s tutoring children. Kristina’s diverse work experience has given her a valuable range of skills. Additionally, she has a Master’s degree in Writing, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and a licence in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Kristina combines all this knowledge and wealth of experience in her writing and editing. Using a holistic approach, she helps clients get into the heart of their stories so they can communicate them effectively. She has the amazing ability to build rapport with others and teach writers how to understand and achieve their ultimate intentions through writing.
Rising author Victoria A. Witkewitz is the Founder and CEO of Red Bicycle Books, where she publishes her literary works and assists first-time authors. Victoria has a diverse background in professional copywriting known as “the renaissance writer.” With over 20 years of literary experience, she helps first-time authors via online workshops to conceptualise, write, edit, design, market, and produce their literary creations.
Graduated summa cum laude, she holds a BBA and MBA with a focus in marketing and promotional strategy. Victoria has been writing poems and stories since she was 9 years old, so she’s always been aware of her passion. Throughout her career, she has written multiple books including the new thriller/horror series “Tales of Greed, Money & Horrific Circumstance, “Hypocrisy”, “Magicae: The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword” (arriving Halloween 2022), and the graphic novel series “Necromancy: Cast of the Dead” (arriving summer 2022).
Victoria is also working on a poetry book called “Lovely” and a cookbook “Recipes From My Outdated Yet Exceptionally Clean Kitchen.”
In 2017, she suffered a serious illness that left her bedridden on and off for three years. During this difficult time, she reassessed the meaning of her life and what matters most to her launching the blog “Cheer Up Whine Down,” where she celebrates the joy of life. Her love for writing, music, and art became stronger, and she also found a new passion; being an advocate for those fighting chronic illness. Victoria seeks to inspire people to stay positive, believe in their dreams, and enjoy the little things in life.
Author Lyn Jenkins is the creator of Izzy & Zoey Adventures and she offers children’s books of the highest quality. Her illustrated children’s books are affordable and they’re created to satisfy customers. Izzy and Zoey are two West Highland Terrier sisters who love life and big adventures!
The book series has been developing since 2020 and it follows these adorable sisters as they learn about family, science, and everyday superheroes. Lyn’s number one priority with Izzy & Zoey Adventures is making children giggle and smile while also learning good lessons. Such as being a good neighbour, English grammar, summer pool time safety, and more.
The stories also include musical scores and rhyming lyrics to engage children even further, all at an affordable price. All the content and illustrations that bring the Izzy & Zoey Adventures to life are original and they come from the heart. Lyn’s mission as an author of children’s books is to make their day and encourage creative thinking.
The book series is focused on love, kindness, family, adventure, and care. The stories are feel-good and packed with interactive ideas that will engage and delight readers. Children can get a lot more than just a good time from this book series and it will quickly become one of their favourite.
Bestselling author and publisher Christina M. Johnson is passionate about living her best life and helping clients with their writing and publishing needs. She is a woman of enduring faith, wife, and mother of 9 wonderful children. Christina graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and received graduate Reading Instruction training from John Hopkins University.
Additionally, she has decades of research training from working with organisations such as the Veterans Administration’s Hospital, the University of Maryland, and the Rabin Medical Center in Israel. Some of Christina’s athletic accolades include the All-City and Maryland State Regional championships in the 400-meters, MEAC championship titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, and Junior Olympian in the 800-meters.
Christina works as a publisher and Book Business Consultant at Testimony Publishers, LLC. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them leverage their self-published books for 6-figure opportunities. She’s particularly passionate about working with mompreneurs and small businesses. Christina helps them plan, pen, and publish books, blogs, or brand stories.
Testimony Publishers,, LLC. is part of a special class of indie publishing companies because they help clients stand out. Christina is known for diving deep into the hearts and minds of clients to bring out their beautiful and unique stories. She has successfully streamlined the processes to write and publish books that sell, so her services are truly valuable.
Rising author Dr. Diana Rangaves is an expert content creator for individuals and companies. She helps them create valuable assets by leveraging the industry knowledge, specialty skills, and editorial mindset that she gained as an author and service provider. Additionally, she offers clients process ease, simplicity, and value-added features.
Her work is extensive and she has experience in children’s picture books, medical pharmaceutical books, scholastic books, and academic articles. Dr. Diana is also the author of the Rosy Posy Papillion children’s series and growth educational books such as Medicine Child’s Play, Escape into Excellence, and Embrace Your Excellence.
Dr. Diana is well-versed in all levels of content creation, ghostwriting, SEO optimization, and website content. She understands that content is a powerful asset that’s meant to provide value. It’s also meant to express a vision and help clients build credibility, so that’s what she provides.
By combining her wealth of knowledge and experience, she can help build clients up as subject matter experts. She achieves this by successfully translating their skills, wisdom, and message into amazing content. Dr. Diana is passionate about using words to make a difference, so she enjoys using her skills to help clients thrive.
Make sure to go and follow all these amazing authors to continue to watch as they make their mark on the world.