Salinger, Kerouac, Jim Carroll, Bukowski, Frank McCourt, and some new ones like Mark Edmondson.
I enjoyed reading Theo Fleury's writing, in his book 'Playing with Fire' ...it was the real deal, it's a story that is written in such a way that you feel you are sitting next to him, and he is telling it.
- I also enjoy Truddee Chase "When Rabbit Howls" There are several more, in fact too many to list.
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor
I loved Sidyney Sheldon's "The Other Side of Midnight," and I enjoy reading almost everything Richard Russo writes, although I didn't care for "The Bridge of Sighs."
James Lee Burke, Barbara Kingsolver, Jonathan Carroll, just to name a few.
Again, my friends Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry and Jeffery Deaver are at the top of my list, and I'm not just saying that because we are friends. Another very good friend of mine is W. Bruce Cameron. His book, A Dog's Purpose was a great read.
Barry Eisler and I taught at the Southern California Writers Conference. His Rain series keeps me on the edge of my seat.
I met Stephen J. Cannell when I was working in the entertainment business and he was filming a number of TV series in Vancouver. He was a great writer, both in screenplays and books, and I will miss him.
I taught at the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop a few years ago with Garrison Keilor. His dry sense of humor has always inspired me to find the humor in small slices of life.
Greg Iles, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, James Patterson. I read a lot of Robert Ludlum books as well as some of the classics. I think Gone With The Wind will always be a classic.
William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Allison Burnett.
Herman melville, Edward Carpenter, Walter Lanyon, Dr. Bucke and his cosmic consciousness! Pelecanos, james Ellroy when i could understand him. David Ohinsky on polio general pattons war as i know it malcolm x and richard wright As a white man ihave never truly understood of what it was to be a black man in the Jim Crow south Wright brings you in like no other writer into that bitter racial hatred like no other author!
karl Malantes "Matterhorn" is superb! a rumour of war by caputo will have to bow to this one. his writing style is fluid and easy to follow. on the horror side there is no one out there to touch the hem of his garment, John Ajvide Lindvuist let me in is remarlable on all levels!
I already mentioned some favourites, and there are too many others I am still discovering.
Classical writers like: Dante, the Bronte sisters and so on.
Eudora Welty, Anne Tyler, Maeve Binchy, John Irving
I've already pointed to them in this inteview, but I my favorites are Agatha Christie, Robert B. Parker, Stephen King, and Jane Austen.
Clive Barker, Stephen King, Tom Robbins.