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Author Heroes

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Below are various authors that have inspired me over the years in different categories. This is certainly a basic list of some of my favorites, by no means is it all-inclusive. Lord, we'd be here all day for that! HA...there are many, many others of course.

Certainly many are famous beyond fame..."infamous" even, and others are simply great at what they did and do. They've all touched me in different ways and helped shape my imagination and style to be (what I hope at least!) an amalgam, a hodgepodge, a big ole funky mix of interesting and entertaining stuff. That's my dream at least friends. I'm sure many of them have inspired you as well.

Old School

Mark Twain

Edgar Allan Poe

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Agatha Christie

Joel Chandler Harris


Raymond Chandler

Dashiell Hammett

Mickey Spillane

Jim Thompson

James Ellroy

Ray Bradbury

Flannery O’Connor

Tony Hillerman

Stephen King

Walter Mosley

Anne Rice

Dean Koontz

Judy Blume

Pat Conroy

Beverly Cleary

James A. Michener

John D. MacDonald

Charles Bukowski

Edwin Torres

Chester Himes

David Baldacci

Randy Wayne White

J.R.R. Tolkien

Terry Brooks

Robert Arthur

Donald J. Sobol

James Lee Burke

Larry Brown

William Hjortsberg

Gary Phillips

Alice Feeney

Stuart Turton

Joe Samuel Starnes

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Bryan Camp

Lauren Beukes

Brian Panowich


Paco Ignacio Taibo II

Manuel Vasquez Montalban

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Isabel Allende

Jorge Luis Borges

Haruki Murakami

Philip Kerr

Jorge Amado

Laura Esquivel

Andrea Camilleri


E.E. Cummings

Jean Toomer

Walter Benton

Langston Hughes

Emily Dickinson

Storytellers (Oral)

Levar Burton

Davy Arch

Kathi Littlejohn

Lillian Grant-Baptiste

Giovanni Richardson

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