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!
John Banville, Philip Larkin.
Far too many to properly list! I greatly admire writers like Stephen King, who came from what could be called nothing to become one of the most popular and well known authors after going through a great deal of pain and misfortune in his life and continues to work and find a way to create new stories.
I admire writers like J.K.Rowling, who managed to plan out her series so completed before even the creation of the halfway point and who managed to find success in a foreign market from a simple idea.
I admire writers like Neil Gaiman, who is so unique and inspiring and creative I don't feel I can do him justice in a summary.
I admire anyone who is able to write for pure enjoyment and to share their stories because they love what they do.
Umair Hacque is a strong favorite right now. Historically, my big 3 have been Alan Paton, Richard Rodriguez and Lewis Thomas. I guess the only unifier there is that all three have very strong, very personal voices that convey something complex powerfully.
Cecelia Ahern, Khalid Hosseini and JK Rowling
There are so many writers I adore that I cannot pick a favorite. I have many friends who are incredibly successful authors. For me, the authors I really love are the ones who truly connect with their audiences, both within the book, and online through social media and at in-person events. If you are a good writer and if you are nice, then you are a success in my book!
Edward Falco, who was my advanced fiction professor. Antonya Nelson. Lucinda Roy. Stieg Larson. J.R.R. Tolkein. Amitav Ghosh. Paolo Coelho.
Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer, Katherine Applegate, and Jenny Han.
I enjoy many authors. I think variety prevents stagnation and tunnel-vision; my library is rather large. If I had to choose writers, Tolkien, Lewis, Dickens, Brooks, Card and Eddings have strongly influenced me. Folktales and tale motifs are also a rich source of story enjoyment and ideas.