Donleavy. Joyce. Countless others.
Fitzgerald, Shakespeare, Calvino, Chabon, Roald Dahl, Frank Rich
Writers, I admire most are Ernest Hemmingway and all writers of True stories
John Steinbeck because of his quirky characters in Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday.
Stephen King (early material)
Georgette Heyer. She wrote fiction and non-fiction and I could not ever be as good a writer as she was in her day.
I also admire authors who write books without using swear words or writing too much smut in their writing. Anyone can do this and it is an easy way to write and fill pages. But it is much more difficult to produce a book that has more substance and honesty.
Oh, dear... you're asking a non-reader? I'm not qualified to answer that question.
I particularly like J R R Tolkein, Clive Cussler and Charles Dickens.
As I state so often, David McCullough is a genius. His phenomenally accurate histories are so exciting. He really can put you in the shoes of his protagonist and makes him/her very real, very intimate. Of modern writers, I admire Dan Brown for his work. His mysteries are extremely engaging and he has no problem getting people talking, which is revealing of great confidence.
Writers named above as well as a host of others. To name a few: Australian authors include Geraldine Brooks, Helen Garner, Diane Armstrong. Overseas authors: numerous crime writers and writers using medieval/historical settings including AE Marston, Sharon Penman, Alys Clare, Susannah Gregory, Ellis Peters. Most favourite novels include Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, Stephen Rivelle's A Booke of Days, Marcus Zusak's Book Thief and John Boynton's Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I also read loads of novels for children and teenagers.
Leon Uris, James Michener, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Pierre Boullet, Herman Raucher, George Orwell, Len Deighton, John LeCarre
THAT is a broad spectrum! I like Rice,Gaimen, King, Rabelais, O'Henry, Hemmingway, Hill. There are so many more!
Astrid Lindgren becaus of the ape named Herr Nilsson (trans. Herra Tossavainen).
Tolkien, Gillespie ... Swain Wodening and his brother Eric Wodening have written some wonderful work on heathenism. Viktor Rydberg, of course, one of Sweden's most celebrated poets, had penetrating insight, as a poet, into the old heathen poetic lore. Paul Bauschatz' work on "The Well and the Tree" is of course a deserved classic. Brian Bates' "The Way of Wyrd" is also now a classic and full of important insights and approaches. The works of Tacitus, the works of Grimm ... and Fredy Perlman's astounding work. To name just a few. To name all of the authors I call upon and am familiar with would become tedious and turn into an extensive bibliography.