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.
Ray Bradbury, J K Rowling, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Guy De Maupassant, Anton Chekov.
Dan Brown, he is a horrible writer (sorry fans) but he can still make a great story
Stephen King, Very few people can continue to write as prolifically and make people read it after all of this time. The Gun Slinger series was an epic and I have no idea how he kept it going for so long.
JK Rowlings, She took a childrens story and made EVERYONE want to read it
Robert Munsch, He's a twisted twisted man
Scott Turow, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, Daniel Silva, Camille Paglia, Tom Wolfe, Pat Conroy, and a host of others too numerous to mention.
Terry Brooks. He has become the new JRR Tolkien as the master of fantasy.
There are many; my greatest influences are Hemingway, Bukowski and Henry Miller.
John le Carre for spy thrillers and Scott Turow for legal thrillers.
Although I don't like her books, JK Rowling has to be at the top of my list. What she has achieved is simply mind blowing. Any author who is consistently succesful I have great admiration for; Lee Child, Wilbur Smith, Ian McEwan, Michael Crighton, John Grisham.
I like Quandi (myself-lol), Zane, Eric Jerome Dickey, E. Lynn Harris, Kimberly Lawson, Mary B. Morrison, Carl Weber, oh boy I can go on and on.
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I was a rabid Stephen King fan before anyone knew who he was; with a few, slight slips, he is still the penultimate storyteller. But there are so many good authors now and so few hours to devour them all. Sue Monk Kidd's, "Secret Life of Bees", Ayn Rand's, "Atlas Shrugged", Chuck Palahniuk's, "Fight Club", Barbara Goldsmith's, "Other Powers", and I could ramble for hours. In short, the ones who make me want to go to bed early, because I've got a good book.