Terry McMillan, Augusten Burroughs, Albert Camus, Dean Koontz...too many to name truly.
A lot, to name a few: Lisa kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Sherrilyn Kenyon.
This is few of them that I met in person at a book signing at Clayton books in Clayton, Ca I was one of them on Nov/23/08
Lloyd Lofthouse-My Splendid Concubine
BARBARA BENTLEY-A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL
SGT Vincent Silva-Senso Owari
(The War is Ended)
Wow. That's a tough one, since I stopped reading fiction so long ago. James Michener, Laurence Krauss. Lots of authors.
I could rattle off all the big-name writers that I've read, but why bore you with people you already know? Instead, I'll give you a new name. Scott Gandert. Look him up on Amazon.com, read my reviews, and buy his work. Do yourself a favor and take my advice on this.
Hands down- Stephen King- though I am mostly a movie watcher than a pleasure reader. I like weird twists.
The greats of yesteryear, Mark Twain, Erle Stanley Gardner, Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, but there are many, too many. to mention all.
again not too original F.Scott, Anne Lamott, Erma Bombeck, Herman Wouk, Salinger, Virginia Wlf, Dosoyevske (lousy speller) Anne Morrow (The Rising of the Lark) Dr, Seuss, Hemmingway, and a ton others
Well, of course Anne Frank. I admire her for her courage. She was just a child and experienced more in her lifetime than most people could ever imagine. She wrote from experience, as horrible as it was. I can only imagine what story she would have to tell us if she was alive today.
I also admire Maya Angelou. Her inspiring work makes me feel like royalty!
Michael Crichton, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Stephan King, Fritz Liebr, Arthur C. Clark, HG Wells, and so on in that fashion. Nearly any fantasy, science fiction, western, true crime, history, and science writer worth a damn except Tolkian, who only suceeded in putting me to sleep.
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In addition to those cited in Question One, I have to mention Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lao Tzu, Raymond Carver, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Joseph Campbell, John Kennedy Toole, Carl Hiaasen and Dave Marsh. I go back to each of them frequently.
Well known? Thomas Bernhard, Borges, William Gibson, Michel Houellebecq.
Hemingway, Hemingway, and Hemingway.
For African writers I greatly admire Achebe, Soyinka, Flora Nwapa, Adichie. Other writes I admire greatly include, Grisham, Sheldon, Andrews. But generally I enjoy interesting authors