Tom Robbins, Harper Lee, Isla Dewar, Kinky Friedman and Iain Banks.
I started reading Khaled Hussseini's 'The kite Runner', but I could not finish it, it didn't grip me that much. I am looking forward to find my favourite ones, once I get the chance to read a lot of books, from many other outstanding authors that are out there.
I love Anne Rice, she began writing as a way to express the pain she felt after a family tradegy. How often writers began as tortured souls and putting pen to paper was a therapeutic way of surviving. In that way she found her voice. Same with Amy Tan, she has suffered racism and family issues as well. Amy's storytelling is magical and beautiful while exposing the ugly side of life. I love that her voice champions the female in any situation. Ayn Rand is another writer I enjoy reading. She painted a work of art when she wrote. The dichotomy of tyranny and free will was the center of her work.
so I would have to say a lot of strong female writers have inspired me.
I admire Hemingway for his brevity. Bradbury for his plots. Doctorow for his thought. HG Wells for his science. Frank Herbert for his creativity. I could on and on.
My favorite writers are: Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Madeleine L’Engle, J.K. Rowling, Stefanie Meyer, and Eoin Colfer.
Chris Cleave, Zadie Smith, Rohinton Mistry, Geoff Dyer.....there are so many whose work I admire.
Kafka, Dostoevsky, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien , A. Camus, Philip Pullman.
Barthemle, Hopkins, Eliot, Chesterton, Lewis, Tzara, Dillard, Handke, Lovecraft (when he isn't stringing modifiers together), Peake, Macdonald, Didion, Tolkien, Momaday, Borges.
dan brown .. stephanie meyer .. Habiburahman el shirazy !!
Dean Koontz, Stephen King, John Saul, James Rollins, James Patterson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Scott Turow, Kevin J. Anderson, Isaac Asimov, and too many others to count. The best writers are first and foremost the most avid readers.
Ellen G White and Shakespeare.
We covered this earlier but to make it firm. Pete Grimm, David Baldacci, Vince Flynn and W.E.B. Griffin.
Anne Rice is my number one.
Stephenie Meyer is another one.
I also like Dean Koonts.
There are so many writers to admire I hardly know where to begin. Off hand I would day Mark Twain and Theodore Geisel (better know as Dr. Suess) are two of my favorites.