Aaron Sorkin, Woody Allen, Charly Kaufmann, Paul Haggis and Christopher Nolan
So many I can't list them. My favourite author is Jean M Auel.
Hemingway, Martel, Michener, Crichton, and many, many more.
Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, David Sedaris, Thomas Pynchon, and Wally Lamb
I love lots of different authors
Too many to name.
Years ago, I made my first pilgrimage to the sites of Arthurian England with Marion Zimmer Bradley, author of "The Mists of Avalon" Trilogy, to explore magical sites like Glastonbury Tor and remote stone circles. It was those passionate discussions with Marion over a Ploughman’s lunch or Devonshire Tea in the quiet country pubs of Somerset that first gave me the courage to write in this genre, though I’ve been writing creatively since I was a small child.
James Earl Hardy, Dan Brown, Alice Walker, Eric Jerome Dickey, Terry McMillian, Dr. Maya Angelou to name a few.
i love William Shakespeare's work... Wole Soyinka (Nigeria) and Chimanda Ngozi Adiche(writer of half of a yellow sun) also a Nigerian.
Jeaniene Frost. Patricia Briggs. Keri Arthur. Danielle Steele. J R Ward. Stephen King. Janet Evanovich. Jodi Picoult. There is so many more.
Bill Bryson (of course)
There are so many it's difficult to focus on just a few but I guess I still lean toward some of the old masters like Steinbeck, Hemingway, Salinger, Jessamyn West. Joyce Carol Oates is in a class by herself for unadorned power and emotion. A few less well known writers I like include Bill Pronzini, Evan Hunter, Jean Auel. Perhaps my favorite all time, desert-island book, is a classic prose/poetry combination called John Brown's Body by Steven Vincent Benet. In my mind, it is one of the most beautiful books in the English language. A true masterpiece. But almost impossible to find anywhere, except, of course, Amazon. But most of the versions available there don't have the beautiful formatting and artwork that was included in the original 1950s version. Yes, yes, I know. I'm showing my out-of-datedness again.
Pío Baroja, Ambrose Bierce, Ursula K. LeGuin, Jack London, Ana María Matute and Juan Rulfo.
I enjoy the witty writings of Patricia Marx over at the New Yorker, Robin Ghivan's fashion commentary, Cathy Horyn and Hilary Alexander of the New York Times and The International Herald Tribune respectively.
Two authors who inspired me to write were Elizabeth Peters and Mary Stewart.