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.
Different genre's have different specialised authors.
There are some great authors around, and not all of them are well known.
I admire any writer that can convey a picture to me through words, that takes me on a journey, and in the case of non fiction, describes for me easily what it is I want to know, even when it may be a comprehensive subject.
Well known authors? All authors have something I can gain from them in one way or another.
Diana Wynne Jones, Monica Edwards, Elizabeth Marie Pope, Geoffrey Trease and Kate Forsythe.
I also very much admire Sally Rogers-Davidson, whom I think should be much better known.
This is an easy one... Dean Koontz, Elizabeth Bear, Kathy Reichs and Ray Bradbury. All three are unbelievable world builders who are able to take the reader on a journey outside the mundane. Their characters are always clearly defined and believable. I get a high after reading their works and will often have to ration myself so that I don't rush through any new books, leaving myself with nothing to look forward to. All speak with a very human voice and deal with issues that are relevant to today's world, even if, like Bradbury, the stories were written decades ago.
I would have to say Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman. I have four series of the books that they have written. The Dragonlance Series, The Death Gate Cycle, Rose of The Prophet & The Darksword Trilogy.
David Eddings, Raymond E Feist, Henry Sevens, Joseph McMoneagle, Ingo Swan, J R R Tolken, Leo Tolstoy, Terry Pratchet
Robert N Stephenson in an Uttuku, the bringer of darkness in word.
Ben Elton - it's so easy to pick up one of his books and get right into it. It's a very informal style of writing, allowing you to become involved instantly. Others can write the best, most descriptive prose in the world but, if it's hard to penetrate at the beginning to get into the rhythm, you're in danger of losing too many people and they'll give up on the writing very early on.
I like and admire writers who obviously enjoy the art and magic of writing...... these are very few and far between...... writers who have used or know of the power and presence of the printed word......some writers I have admired are Louise Cooper, Alfred Bester, Robert Heinlen, William Shakespear, and Piers Anthony.
Henry Lawson, Miles Franklin, James Thurber, Lennie Lower, Thorne Smith, Michael Crighton, Colleen McCulloch, Bryce Courteney, John Wyndham, Ken Follett, Eric Hiscock, Ruth Park, Craig Thomas, James Sinclair, Robert Langdon.