RS Surtees, Jerome K Jerome, Saki, Laurence Sterne, Tobias Smollett, Boccaccio, Ludovico Ariosto, Virgil, Homer, Gogol, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen
I've a lot of admiration for children's author's actually. I think simply because that is where my love began, and those bedtime stories were really where I learned what a story should be. Because of this I find my greatest respect always goes to authors such as Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling. The various aspects that made their own works so great changed literature forever into what we know it to be today. Not only in children's fictions, but across all genres and age groupings.
Of the 'classics,' I hold the most admiration for Oscar Wilde and Alexandre Dumas. I really feel their fame was honestly earned on the basis of some of the best fictions of all time.
Of contemporary authors, I hold a lot of respect and admiration for Stephen King, Bryce Courtenay, John Marsden, Iain Banks, and television script writer Russell T Davies (who is an absolute genius.)
P.G. Wodehouse, Arthur Ransome, Georgette Heyer, Richmal Crompton.
Aaron Sorkin, Ursula Le Guin, Michael Crichton, William Goldman, Tolkien, Douglas Adams, John Wyndham, Robert Towne, Alan Bennett. I could keep going, a good mix of playwrights, screenwriters and authors. Anyone who gets anything published or made deserves respect. However I have an enormous amount of admiration for Douglas Adams for writing so well in so many different mediums.
Lucy Monroe, Angela Montgomery, Terry Brooks, Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Georgia Evans, Lisa Jackson, Douglas Carlton Abrams. So many fabulous authors. Margaret Mitchell, of course!
George Orwell and Ian McEwan
Guy N Smith
Phillip K Dick
Arthur C Clarke
I tend to prefer contemporary writing and overall, my favourite author is Kate Atkinson (she kindly timed her latest novel 'Started early, took my dog' to come out on my birthday!) but I'm a big Roald Dahl fan. He used to live near where I was born and my dad (a photographer) met him a few times. He was a master at twists which are tricky to make fresh and unexpected. One of my favourite short stories is 'Barcelona Plates' by comedian Alexis Sayle - met him a few months ago when he did a talk at Northampton Central Library (UK) - he was fantastic!
I love Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray and Aprilynne Pike. They are my favs. They give me the reason to write that kind of books.
JK Rowling, Margaret Lawrence, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Diablo Cody (memoirist and screenwriter), Judy Bloom.
I admire Beverly Cleary, Anne Rice, Janet Evanovich and Susan Mallery.
Definitely J.K.Rowling, she's really the only author I've read extensively... other author's I've read maybe one or two of their books, I really admire Stephen King's autobiography: On Writing, but that's really all I've read of his books.
Stephenie Meyer, Rachel Hawkins, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, JK Rowling, Stephen King, DC Grace
I'm a huge fan of P.C. Cast, her work is amazing and her House of Night Series has really gotten me deeper into the supernatural aspects of books. And although i've never read any of her work, I've met Kelly Armstrong and she's sweet, and had great advice in the workshop I was at with her, so she inspired me.