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Question: Who are your favorite authors and what are your favorite books?

Answer:

Impossible to list all the authors that have written books that matter greatly to me. But let me list a few that were important to me prior to beginning my writing career:

Sci-fi

  • Heinlein
  • Norton
  • Asimov
  • Clarke
  • Bradbury
  • LeGuin
  • Ellison
  • Blish

Fantasy

  • Tolkien
  • Lewis
  • George Macdonald
  • Mary Stewart (the Merlin books)
  • T.H. White

Children's

  • E.B.White
  • Lawson (Rabbit Hill)
  • Altsheler (Civil War and French&Indian War novels)

Historical

  • Elswyth Thane (Williamsburg novels)
  • Mitchell
  • Nordhoff & Hall (Bounty trilogy)
  • Forrester (Hornblower)
  • Taylor Caldwell
  • Wallace (Ben-Hur)

Mystery

  • Christie
  • Wolfe
  • du Maurier
  • Ross MacDonald

Mainstream

  • Joseph Smith (Book of Mormon)
  • Shakespeare (the plays)
  • Twain (Prince & the Pauper, Tom Sawyer)
  • Austen
  • Douglas (The Robe; Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
  • Albee (Virginia Woolf)
  • William Goldman (Boys & Girls Together)
  • Rand (Fountainhead)
  • Wilde (Ernest)
  • James Goldman (A Lion in Winter)
  • Arthur Miller (All My Sons; Crucible)
  • O'Neill
  • Michener (Source; Tales of the South Pacific)

Nonfiction

  • Shirer (Rise & Fall of the Third Reich)
  • Plato
  • Bruce Catton (Army of the Potomac)
  • William Manchester

Poetry

  • Hopkins
  • Dickinson
  • Cummings
  • Shakespeare
  • Halleck
  • Jonson
  • Tennyson
  • Yeats
  • Auden

All these represent readings prior to my beginning to write seriously, and this list is by no means complete, especially in the nonfiction area, where I was rarely aware of authors and simply absorbed information.

Authors now working whose works I look forward to and buy instantly are:

  • Dave Wolverton / David Farland
  • Robin Hobb / Megan Lindholm
  • Robert Parker
  • Sue Grafton
  • Sharyn McCrumb
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • Octavia Butler
  • George R.R. Martin
  • Walter Mosley
  • Robert Caro
  • Stephen Pinker
  • Lehane
  • Burke
  • Crais
  • McBain
  • Connelly
  • Block
  • Cormier
  • Sleator

Again, this is far from exhausting the list.


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