One of the authors I admire the most is Tolkien, for his ability to create such an imaginative world. The world of 'The Lord of the Rings', and the depth of the universe astounds me.
A second author I admire is Chuck Palahniuk. In his book, 'Stranger Than Fiction', Palahniuk states that 'lonely people looking for a way to connect with others', is a recurring theme to all of his novels. I enjoy his writing style, with all of its shocking gore and horror.
Stephen King, Lewis Carrol, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, Chuck Palahniuk
Seno Gumira Ajidarma, even his nonsense sounds beautiful. I also like Anne Rice, Darren Shan, Conan Doyle, Chris Riddell, and so much more.
Steven King and Joanne Kathleen Rowling who wrote all the Harry Potter books. All the top publishing companies tossed out there scripts, So, both did it by Self publishing and became very big.
Alice Sebold, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, David Mccullough, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Hunter S. Thompson, M.A Rodriguez, Emily Dickinson
Henry Miller, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Whitman, Joyce, Pound, Nietzsche, Homer, Anne Rice, Robert Graves, Kerouac, Kesey, Burroughs, C.S. Lewis, Anais Nin, Voltaire, Lao Tzu, D.T. Suzuki.
Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, and the Grimm brothers are the writers I admire most. Each of them took things that were probably already known to the general population and exploded them into these massive, interesting, best-selling stories.
my favourite is Gail Carson Levine. I always find her work entertaining, funny, and longing for more. I also particularly enjoy Meg Cabot, Michael Crichton, and recently, Douglas Copeland. Christopher Paolini, the creator of the Eragon series, is also in my top list. I really enjoy his style and find it quite easy to just disappear into his books because I can think of nothing else once I start, I think his writing matches what I like to read perfectly.
I am always on the lookout for authors that make me want to read the whole way through without stopping. I've also recently fallen for Chuck Pahlianuk's work.
I think I really prefer the more contemporary way a large amount of these authors use, and their sometimes off on tanget thinking.
Orson Scott Card, R.A. Salvatore, Kurt Vonnegut, Piers Anthony, and many others.
Bill Bryson, Sarah Vowel, Ann Patchett, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nina Bangs, Simon Winchester, Barbara Freese, J.R. Ward,...
Ted Bell! He has no fear AT ALL with his wardrobe on his cover photo! You go, Dude!
PJ O'Rourke!!!! Anything and everything he says is worthy of words!
(Should I say Jesus here?)
Frances Moore Lappe, because she follows her curiosity and and writes with courage and commitment... Kathleen Norris, because her insights make every day sacred...Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nancy Unger, and David McCollough because they make history come alive.
There a so many wonderful writers. I truly admire Dr. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and James Patterson. Their creative energy is extremely inspiring. I strive to write as well as they do.
I think I've already answered this. However, I do have a soft spot for writers who have never written a romance novel just to pay the rent.
Well, the list would be quite long. Jodi Piccoult and Sandra Brown; Pierce Anthony, Anne McCaffery, Terry Brooks, David Eddings. Stephen King of course, and Dean Koonts, James Patterson. That is nowhere near complete, but for their genre's, I guess those would be some of my favorites.