I admire Janette Oke, Mary Inglis Wilder and there's many others.
John Steinbeck. Ernest Hemingway.
Kathleen LaMarche is an extremely talented author. Jewel is a wonderful example of the poetry books that I love.
J.K. Rowling is definately a big inspiration. The Harry Potter series is phenominal! Darren Shan is a legend too! I love his books!
I started as an actor/writer and my first strong influence was Berthold Brecht. Arthur Koestler, Thomas Mann, Jorges Luis Borges have influenced my writing style (I think), but I really like Stephen King. I think he's the Charles Dickins of the 1980's.
It's a small list: The Dalai Lama
P D James, Elizabeth George, Lynda La Plante and any writer that can hold my undivided attention.
John Irving. Jonathan Franzen.
I guess this would have to be Christine Feehan as she has fun with her stories, rsearches her characters and plot and is doing very well at what she does!
Currently, I tend to find John Steinbeck, Kafka, A. Huxley and Lama Surya Das most admirable. I also have a soft spot for a Dean Koontz novel from time to time.
The picture book author John Burningham, novelist-essayist-everything George Perec, poet Emma Lew, Gerald Murnane, Martine Murray
I have a plethora of different books written by a number of authors and replete with a variety of writing styles. Each are worthy of my admiration. Anyone who lives their truth and shares that truth with others is worthy of admiration.
Michael Crichton, Colin Forbes, Jeffrey Archer, Patricia Cornwall, Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins-Clark, Greg Bear, Michael Asher
I have a list. In Science Fiction the list is long: Robert Anson Heinlein, Frank Herbet, Phillip K. Dick, James Blish, Alfred Bester, Herbert George Wells, Jules Verne, James Tiptree Jnr, Ben Bova, Harry Harrison, Eric Frank Russell, Theodore Sturgeon, Roger Zelazny, Philip Jose Farmer, William Tenn, AE Van Vogt, Ray Bradbury, Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, Zenna Henderson, Ursula le Guinn, Anne McCaffrey, Gordon R. Dickson, Clifford Simak, Damon Knight, Stanley Scmidt.
Historical: There is only Taylor Calwell.
Post Modern: The tow Spaniards (or is one Portuguese?) Marquez and Borges.
For all his prolific output: Stephen King.
For rollicking tales of current history: Harold Robbins and James A. Michener.
Who do I admire most? It depends on my mood and who I am reading at the time.
C.S. Lewis. Barbara Cartland.