Solshenitsin, leCarree, DeMille
I have listed most of my favorite writers elsewhere, but I will say that Hemingway, with his 22 rules for writing, has been influential in shaping my fiction, and William Carlos Williams taught me what an image can do for poetry.
There are too many to list. But a few that come to mind are J.R.R. Tolkien, Dostoevsky, Jack London, C.S. Lewis, Robin Cook, John Grisham, Michael Crichton.
Alice walker, Richard Wright, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Agatha Christie, Danielle Steele; James Hadley Chase, Maya Angelou, and so on.
Warren Ellis and Charlie Brooker for their sheer "who gives a crap what other people think" ideal. They write about whatever they want without holding anything back.
I think I've answered this. LOL Sue Grafton, Patrica Briggs, Lori Handeland, Kay Hooper.
I have three authors that I really enjoy their work and could spend all day sitting back and reading their work. All three authors have very different writing styles. They are Anthony Bourdain, Bear Grylls and Brad Thor.
I admire Piers Anthony, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Clive Barker, and of course, H.P. Lovecraft.
Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, V.C. Andrews
Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert Louis Stevenson, Orson Scott Card, Aristotle, Plato, Khalil Gibran, Eudora Welty,
Emily Brontė, Charlotte Brontė, Mary Shelly, Ian Fleming, and many more.
Josef Konrad (spelling?), George Martin.
Neville Shute, Frederick Forsyth, Samuel Elliot Morrison, and Winston Churchill.
Joe Konrath because I know him, enjoy his work, and know how hard he worked to get where he is. Ditto for Scott Nicholson. I don't know Rawling but I admire her for all she has done and respect her very much as an author.
There are so many. J. K. Rowling and J. M. Barrie are probably my favourites.
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Poe, Robin Cook, John Grisham, Clive Barker, V.C. Andrews