Delilah S. Dawson

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Delilah S. Dawson
Dawson at WonderCon 2017
Dawson at WonderCon 2017
Pen nameLila Bowen
Ava Lovelace
NationalityUnited States

Delilah S. Dawson is an American author, primarily of fantasy and science fiction, whose works have been published since 2012. She writes fantasy as Lila Bowen and erotica as Ava Lovelace.


Dawson's work includes the Blud series of steampunk paranormal romance novels, the Shadow series of Weird West novels (as Bowen), as well as several young adult novels and erotica.[1] She has also written Star Wars tie-in short stories, including the 2015 Bazine Netal adventure "Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon",[2] and the 2016 Greer Sonnel story "Scorched", published in Star Wars Insider #165.[3][4] In September 2017, Dawson released Star Wars: Phasma, a novel chronicling the backstory of Captain Phasma of the First Order.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Dawson lives in Dahlonega, Georgia.


In 2016, Alex Brown of wrote that Dawson is "producing some of the best underappreciated books of the last few years", noting the "difficult subject matter [and] intense imagery" in her young adult works, and her diverse protagonists.[6] In a starred review, Publishers Weekly appreciated that in Dawson's Wake of Vultures, "themes of self-worth, gender, and the complexity of identity are treated with frank realism and sensitivity", as well as her "gritty and well-realized paranormal Wild West".[7] Kirkus Reviews wrote in a starred review of Wake of Vultures that "Bowen has created a fascinating, textured Wild West world. The monsters are gruesome, the battles are bloody, and the pace of this story never flags."[8]


Blud series[edit]

  • Wicked as They Come (2012)
  • Wicked As She Wants (2013) – Romantic Times Steampunk Book of the Year for 2013,[9] RT Book of the Year nominee 2013[10]
  • Wicked After Midnight (2014) – Romantic Times Steampunk Book of the Year Nominee for 2014[11]
  • Wicked Ever After (2015)


  • The Mysterious Madam Morpho (2012)
  • The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance (2013)
  • The Damsel and the Daggerman (2014) – Starred review from Library Journal

Short stories[edit]

  • "The Three Lives of Lydia" from Carniepunk anthology (2013)
  • "Uncharging" from Unbound anthology (2015)
  • "Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys" from Three Slices anthology (2015)

Star Wars[edit]

Young adult[edit]

  • Servants of the Storm (2014)
  • Hit (2015)[12][13]
  • Strike (2016)[14]
  • "The Greenest Grass" from Violent Ends anthology (2015)

Tie-in short stories[edit]

  • Shadowman: "Follow Me Boy" (2013)
  • "When Doves Cry" from Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors anthology (2017)


  • "On the Hulk: You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry" from Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life anthology (2016)[15]

Shadow series (as Lila Bowen)[edit]

  • Wake of Vultures: The Shadow: Book One (2015)
  • Conspiracy of Ravens: The Shadow: Book Two (2016)[16]
  • Malice of Crows: Book Three 3 (2017)

Erotica (as Ava Lovelace)[edit]

  • The Lumberfox (2014)
  • The Superfox (2014)


  1. ^ "Delilah S. Dawson: Books". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS PANEL AT NEW YORK COMIC CON – RECAP". October 12, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Wilkins, Jonathan (May 4, 2016). "Star Wars Insider #165: 10 Highlights!". Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Trivedi, Sachin (April 26, 2016). "Star Wars: Bloodline: New short story reveals Leia's ally Greer Sonnel". International Business Times. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Hall, Jacob (April 17, 2017). "'Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Bridge the Gap Between Episode 7 and 8 With Books and Comics". /Film. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  6. ^ Brown, Alex (September 16, 2016). "Where to Start with Delilah S. Dawson". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Steampunk". Romantic Times. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "RT Book of the Year". Romantic Times. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Steampunk". Romantic Times. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  12. ^ Diaz, Shelley (January 21, 2015). "Girl Power, High Fantasy, and Unconventional Lit - What's Hot in YA". School Library Journal.
  13. ^ "Teens Review Twilight, Lord of the Rings Readalikes, and More". School Library Journal. March 17, 2015.
  14. ^ Tomsu, Lindsey (April 19, 2016). "Political Thrillers, Flirty Romances, and Complex Sci-Fi - YA Series Update". School Library Journal.
  15. ^ Sanskrit, Derrick (June 6, 2016). "Authors find their inner Hulks and Batmen in Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  16. ^ McCardle, Megan M.; Chadwick, Kristi (October 15, 2016). "Johansen's Pick of the Month, Bonesteel, Cain, Itäranta, Liu, Hugo Awards & New Series Lineup - SF/Fantasy Reviews". Library Journal.

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