If you're an avid reader, you probably have a few books listed on your holiday wish list. But are any of them by local authors?

From Sharon Hamilton, a former real estate agent who now writes bestselling Navy SEAL romance books to Seré Prince Halverson, whose debut novel was noticed by Oprah Winfrey, Sonoma County is home to many talented and accomplished writers. The benefits of reading local are many — you are supporting a local author, you can speak personally with the author about the book, you can invite that author to your book club meeting, plus, many local authors set their books in or around Sonoma County.

Check out a few notable Sonoma County authors in the gallery above. Some are known across the nation, and others are just waiting to be discovered. Have any to add? Let us know in the comments.

Crissi Langwell is the online content producer at The Press Democrat, and the author of several books, many based in Sonoma County. She writes about books at books.blogs.pressdemocrat.com. Visit her author website at crissilangwell.com.