Delilah S. Dawson

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Delilah S. Dawson
Dawson at WonderCon 2017
Dawson at WonderCon 2017
Born (1977-10-21) 21 October 1977 (age 43) [1]
Roswell, Georgia, United States
Pen nameLila Bowen
NationalityUnited States

Delilah S. Dawson (born 21 October 1977) is an American author, primarily of fantasy and science fiction. She writes fantasy as Lila Bowen, and has written erotica as Ava Lovelace.[2]

Her works include Star Wars tie-in fiction (novels Star Wars: Phasma and Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, and short story Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), as well as Rick and Morty Presents: Pickle Rick, Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnome (both with Kevin Hearne). She has also written comic books such as Star Pig and Sparrowhawk.


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. She has also written Star Wars tie-in short stories, including the 2015 Bazine Netal adventure "Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon",[3] and the 2016 Greer Sonnel story "Scorched", published in Star Wars Insider #165.[4][5] In September 2017, Dawson released Star Wars: Phasma, a novel chronicling the backstory of Captain Phasma of the First Order.[6]

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.[2] 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 (2017)
  • Treason of Hawks: Book Four (2018)

Tales of Pell (with Kevin Hearne)[edit]

  • Kill the Farm Boy (Del Rey, July 17, 2018)
  • No Country for Old Gnomes (Del Rey, April 16, 2019)
  • The Princess Beard (2020?)


Erotica (as Ava Lovelace)[edit]

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


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