In the two genres I read most, Louis L'Amour, Elmore Leonard and Ralph Compton for western fiction and Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain/Evan Hunter and Robert B. Parker for mystery/crime fiction.
Terry Pratchett, Michael Marshall, Rob Grant, Doug Naylor and Douglas Adams. I like Patrick Rothfus a lot at the moment.
I'm trying to read every classic I can cause I'm young and read more contemporary writers like JK Rowling who's amazing. Read George Orwell's 1984 which I found really interesting and intelligent, liked it a lot, been reading Edgard Allan Poe lately I really like the way he writes and gives you details without telling too much.
Ted dekker, f. Rivers,
This is going to be a list. I love Patricia Cornwell, Sara Paretsky, and Nevada Barr all three tell amazing stories. I love Nora Roberts for her ability to write in several genres. Carla Neggars spins wonderful romantic mysteries.
On the other hand I also like James Patterson, John Sandford, John Gilstrap, William Kent Krueger, Michael Palmer, Jeffery Deaver, and Robin Cook. They each create characters and situations that keep me coming back for more of their works.
In terms of prose writing, Joyce is my favourite followed by Orwell... two very different writers. I enjoy the works of Palahniuk and translated versions of Gaarder (my Norwegian isnt up to non-translated versions). In terms of poetry, Eliot and Pound are my favourites although Joyce could be described as a poet as well, even in his so called prose works.
The groups of ghost writers who wrote as Carolyn Keene. I frequently revisit the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder as well as Madeleine L'Engle. Frankly I love everyone!
I still love Roald Dahl and Dick King Smith. I've loved them since I was old enough to see a book cover and think: 'What is THAT?'
My favourite writers are mostly in film and theatre. Martin McDonagh, Shane Black, Paul Thomas Anderson... so many to choose from.
There's a writer called Thomas Hauser who writes about boxing (my favourite sport) and he is just incredible. He wrote the definitive Muhammad Ali biography: His Life and Times, and everything he writes sends shivers down my spine.
My all time favorite is Nelson Demille. Everyone has their spy thriller author. I just like Demille's work best. I'm not a horror genre reader or movie watcher at all, so I've read maybe a paragraph of Stephen King's stuff. He's obviously a great writer and I like his structure and tempo. I just don't care for the story topic.
I devour Demille's works. The characters come to life, the stuff greatly interests me and the tempo refuses to let me put the book down!
As I said earlier I hear the voice in my head as I write, or read. I read the material to myself, literally. With inflection and pace and emphasis. So I'm somewhat of a slow reader. I savor the work. And once I read 3/4's of Gold Coast by Demille in one setting. It's that good!
My taste is rather eclectic but I like historical fiction, autobiographies and novels. It really depends on my mood what I like to read. I enjoy reading Isabel Allende, Patrick Süßkind, Ken Follet and J.D. Salinger and countless others.
I admire Stephen King and V.C. Andrews the most. However I do tip my hat to Stephanie Meyer.
A.S. Byatt, Kurt Vonnegut, Haruki Murikami, Roger Ebert, Lester Bangs, Haruki Murakami, Irvine Welsh, Charles Dickens, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Flannery O'Connor, T.C. Boyle, Harlan Ellison.
James Madison Jr., Founding Father, author of the Federalist 51, and instrumental document and person, argued both for government and for the balance of powers, a political philosopher and the 4th president of the United States. John Lennon, whose peaceful rebellion into love may have been simultaneously infeasible and hypocritical; he was still a powerful and dynamic figure whose touch still influences the world today in a better way. James Douglas Morrison, better known as Jim Morrison of the doors, and little known poet of full volumes such as Wilderness and the American Night; some of this work was distributed in small printings to a close group of associates and some of it never before seen work. And finally, argued by some as the most original American poet of the 20th century, and my name sake; E.E. Cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings: Lawrence Estlin Coffee).
Nikki Giovanni, Erykah Badu, Langston Hughes, Yusef Komunyakaa (sp), Angela Davis, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alicia Keys, etc.
Simon Beckett, Karin Slaughter, Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling.