It's a bit hard to say, because I read such a lot and it depends on genre. I do like Eloisa James because she is knowledgeable and finds such a wonderful humorous way to write her books. I admire Kresley Cole because she found such a beautiful fantasy world to write about. I can go on and on about good writers: Marion Bradley, Dostojevsky, Mary Balogh, William Shakespeare...
any writers, from the first time ones to the ones that have been doing for years. I think that every persons story in important.
For children's picture books it is the old favorite Dr Seuss and contemporary Tom Lictctenheld.Also Mo Willems is a big favorite.
For memoirs I greatly admire Jennifer Finney Boylan actually James Boylan who wrote about "She's not there- A Life in Two Genders" about how he changed genders from a male to female.
Other writer's I admire are Jodi Picoult, Scottoline, Wally Lamb, Steven King and many more too numerous to mention.
Woody Allen, Daniel Samper Pizano, alvaro de la Iglesia, Laurie Notaro, Chelsea Handler.
Fantasy is not my favorite genre but I've got to say J.R.R. Tolkien. To have the sheer patience to come up with a hugely complex plot, a new world, some new languages and characters that seem to have been there from the beginning of time - and in general, to write a book for sixteen years - is an accomplishment not many can claim.
Limiting me to the well known? One thing I learned from both William Shakespeare and Kurt Vonnegut is that you hit your mark and move on.
Angela Carter, David Lodge, Carol Anne Duffy.
Philip Kerr, Robert Harris, Stephen King.
I admire C S Sansom, Christopher Brookmyre and Jasper Fforde. I love how they have really strong, unique voices and create their own distinct worlds. It's a shame there are no women in my top three and I do hope that will change some day.
I have met Jasper Fforde as I help plan the Fforde Ffiesta in Swindon every year and he's a very nice guy. His ffans are a great bunch who wholehearted throw themselves into his world. I think that's what SF and Fantasty fans are so great at.
Can't say. I read so much, and you should really specify that per genre.
I admire Holly Black. All of the books of hers that I have read haven't been typical. I always want her books to continue forever.
I also admire Caroline Cooney. In middle school I read many of her young adult mysteries. They were never dry and she never repeated herself. In the end I was always satisfied with the endings.
Kenht Haruff, E. Annie Proulx, Richard Russo, David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille . . . and the nonfiction authors (whose names escape me) of Devil in the White City, River of Doubt, Last Call, and Love Wins. Lots more, but I'd have to run up two flights to my library to list them!