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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
Tom Clancey, John Grissom, Follett and Stephen King.
David Sedaris, Erma Bombeck, Barbara Kingsolver are among my favorites.
Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Roger Zelazny, Greg Banks, Piers Anthony .......
Hemingway, John Le Carree, DeMille, Grisham....too many to name them all
I am an avid reader who reads a book and immediately starts another so I am never without something to read. There are many authors whom I like and enjoy reading but my favorites whose books I sometimes enjoy reading more than once are:
Irving Stone, Laurie McBain, Kathleen Woodiwis, Tami Hoag, Sandra Brown, Phillip Margolin, Frank Yerby, Sidney Sheldon, Judith, Mcaught, Belva Plain, Richard North Patterson
I most admire Wm. Shakespeare, Eugene O'Neill, Paul Celan, T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Wallace Stevens, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Abraham Lincoln, Shelby Foote.
In the past ten years, I have found PATRICIA CORNWELL, (The Dr. Kay Scarpetta series); JANET EVANOVICH, ("The Stephanie Plum series"); SUE GRAFTON, (The Kinsey Milhone series"); JOHN GRISHAM, JAMES PATTERSON, RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON, the late ED McBAIN, (a/k/a EVAN HUNTER), ("The 87th. Precinct" series); the late TONY HILLERMAN, NELSON DeMILLE, and JOHN SANDFORD are my TOP TEN FAVORITES.
I grew up watching "PERRY MASON" on television, so I began checking out the late EARLE STANLEY GARDNER from my neighborhood library.
My boss at the law firm in Miami, graduated suma cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1962. I worked with him for five years, and enjoyed every minute of it. He was a native of Brooklyn, NY, and though he craftly developed and promoted the persona best portrayed by JOE PESCCI in the hit movie, "MY COUSIN VINNIE". The office staff and I could not believe the similarities between "Vinnie" and Frank. He is a brilliant attorney, and believe me, he won a far greater percentage of his cases than he lost, and in my opinion, the ones he lost, even Perry Mason could not have won.
I will endeavor to develop my talent as a writter to emulate the authors named above, and if I can ever be mentioned in the same breath as any of them, I will consider myself a success at my craft, and most important, to be able to entertain my readers to the extent they want more from me.
I read different genres. Lately, I've been mostly reading newspapers rather than novels. I don't have time to read a novel. I think there is a change in time management to what previous generations encountered. The time of romantism is gone. I mean writing in ink, handwriting, long essays and novels writers such as Proust (Marcel). There is a shift in reading and writing. This is also felt in our schools.
I tend to lean towards adventuresome writers who lived as they wrote. Writers like Jack London, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway the American authors of "gonzo" journalism.
Wow, ok I'm going to seem a bit odd when I answer this one. I admire Stephen King and Joyce Meyer.