Tom Clancy style stories. I think he is great and he really does great research for his books.
I like writing that I can escape into; authors who do a great job of evoking an extremely believable fictional setting. That sort of story inspires me to try to do the same sort of thing. I also love good characterization.
Lately it's been paranormal romance, but I also write when an article in a magazine, or something in the news hits me too.
Human interest stories of people over coming great barriers to let others know that even the human condition can be changed from what we may deem as impossible and or improbable will rise to meet the best in all of us. Cream always rises to the top is one of my fav sayings
I like to read both non-fiction and fiction. Oddly enough, the non-fiction gives me more idea and inspires me more. Probably because I write science fiction...
The greats make me want to sit down and try to be as good. Some of the greats are Richard Powers, Philip Roth, Paul Auster, Margaret Drabble and Anita Brookner.
Any interesting, well-written work inspires me to write...to keep writing.
Reading doesn't inspire me to write, people do.
The Bible, billboards, inspirational literature, signs. I am literally prompted to write by seeing almost any word that leaps off any page of any literature I read. God is everywhere in anything and He inspires me to write at any time of day.
Micheal Crichton, above all, inspires me greatly. Great movies and television shows also drive me to pursue my story ideas, so that I may entertain and amaze just as these stories do.
Reading about other writers really seems to light my fire. I get a lift from seeing the similarities in my life to theirs. We all seem to get the same pleasure from the process of creation and seeing how they put their ideas into fruition gives me a kind of guideline to follow for my own creative process.
one i like in particular is harry potter.
j.k. rowling did a great job on it.
that was a great inspiration
Again, Hemingway and Carver. But also Knight, Dave, Bausch, Singleton, Corin, and Houston.
Other fantasy novels.
I often turn to Mercedes Lackey, Diana Wynne Jones, and Patricia A. McKillip (whose writing I've been compared to).
Other genres sometimes inspire me, such as romance novels or novels involving battles, weapons, and other such things, and sometimes science-fiction...though I don't often read it.
All types. I am very inspired by reading. In fact I keep a journal of notes that I have taken on different author's styles and strengths. I like to take from all genres and types of authors. After carefully examining how they write I study their strengths and learn from their weaknesses.