Jane Austin, Shakespeare, W Somerset Maugham, Mario Petrucci, Paul Farley, George Szertes, Stephen King, Louis de Berniere, Alan Bennet, Alan Ayckbourn, Maeve Binchy and many others
In the spy novel genre, my favorite writer is Alan Furst. I am also very fond of Daniel Silva.
Patrick O'Brien who writes the Master and Commander series is a big influence on me and I love his humour and characters. J.R.R Tolkien would be another especially of course the 'Lord of the Rings'.
They say that ‘ The fist impression is the lasting impression’ and I quite agree with it. I have been deeply influenced by the Urdu Poets such as Mirza Ghalib, Amir Khusroo, Dr. Iqbal, Meer and many others.
In English literature I very much admire, Keats, Wordsworth,
Shakespeare and Bob Dylan. Recently I read a Poetry book by
Tony Harrison and I found it quite amusing.
So many. Toni Morrison, Ursula Leguin, J. M. Coetzee, all the authors of the classics, a lot of lesser known authors. If they have managed to say what they have to say well, I admire that.
Steven King and Dean R. Koontz
Ernest Hemingway. Jack London. James Michner. Margaret Mitchell.
I love to read just about anything by Bishop T. D. Jakes. He has a command of language and the ability to describe things few possess. I enjoy books by Joyce Meyer as well.
Stevenson, Sandburg, Frost, Nash, Armour, Millay, Teasdale, and Wylie.
I was blown away by Follet's work on Pillars of the Earth. The scope and depth was phenomenal.
So many. I love Paul Levine. I read James Patterson - addicted to Alex Cross. Read Patricia Cromwell. Love Cindy Gerrard, Rae Monet, and there is a seris Abby, Psychic Eye, I lvoe this series! Can't remember the author's name right now, but great series. Love Nelson DeMIller. And so many more.
George R Martin, H.P. Blavatsky, Frank Herbert, and a host of others...
I've answered this above, but since you've given me another chance let me add some men to the list: John Updike, John Irving, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes.
Anyone who can be original.