This week’s installment of Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us to pick our ten favorite authors. Not always an easy thing to do, but I’ll do my best. And probably come up with ten more after I’m done with this list.
1. Stephen King — He’s been one of my favorites for a long time now and I always find myself looking forward to anything new he publishes.
2. Garrison Keillor — Another long time favorite whose works I enjoy a great deal. He’s great as a writer, but I think the best way to experience his stories of Lake Wobegon is to hear him perform them.
3. Peter David — Or as he calls himself on his blog, “Writer of Stuff.” I discovered him when he published his first TNG tie-in novel many, many moons ago and have been working my way through his back catalog since. He’s written for just about every character in the Marvel universe and he’s created the spin-off Star Trek: New Frontier. His original writings are also great — especially his Sir Apropos of Nothing series.
4. Elizabeth George — I look forward to each new book by her for an entertaining mystery and to see what Lynley, Havers and company are up to.
5. Laura Lippman — She was originally recommended to me by Stephen King (not personally, in a magazine column) and I instantly became a huge fan. I’ve still got a couple of more of her back catalog to read, but I am trying to spread them out and savor them a bit.
6. Harper Lee — Yes, she’s only published one novel, but when that novel is To Kill A Mockingbird, you get an automatic inclusion on my list. My favorite book and I have to admit I’m nervous about the upcoming sequel.
7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — I discovered the Holmes canon in my middle school reading class and have been a fan ever since. A re-read of the Holmes stories could be in my future.
8. Charles de Lint — Urban fantasy doesn’t get much better than de Lint’s novels.
9. Jim Butcher — The Dresden Files is the best on-going fantasy series on the market today and I eagerly look forward to the next installment.
10. Donald Miller — He writes about Christian living in a way that feels totally authentic, real and raw. In many ways, Miller reminds me of C.S. Lewis. His books always touch me and give me a lot to think about long after the final page is turned. I’ve heard him speak several times as well and he’s fantastic.
Honorable Mention: Terrance Dicks. A former script-editor during the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who, Terrance Dicks adapted a large number of the original Doctor Who serials for the printed page. I’ve read more of them than I can count and going back through and hearing them again as audio adaptions has only increased my respect for what Dicks did so well. He helped fans experience the original serials when they weren’t always repeated or readily available in other forms and he helped instill a love of reading in an entire generation of young adults.