Who are your favorite authors and what are your favorite books.
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:
Mary Stewart (the Merlin books)
Lawson (Rabbit Hill)
Altsheler (Civil War and French & Indian War novels)
Elswyth Thane (Williamsburg novels)
Nordhoff & Hall (Bounty trilogy)
Shakespeare (the plays)
Twain (Prince & the Pauper, Tom Sawyer)
Douglas (The Robe; Forgive Us Our Trespasses)
Albee (Virginia Woolf)
William Goldman (Boys & Girls Together)
James Goldman (A Lion in Winter)
Arthur Miller (All My Sons; Crucible)
Michener (Source; Tales of the South Pacific)
Joseph Smith (Book of Mormon)
Shirer (Rise & Fall of the Third Reich)
Bruce Catton (Army of the Potomac)
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
George R.R. Martin
Again, this is far from exhausting the list.