So many authors... sigh... in no particular order, here are the first ten that come to mind:
1. Stephen King: I love this man's writing! He's definitely on my auto-read list.
2. Dean Koontz: I especially like his Odd Thomas series, but he's also on my auto-read list.
3. Alan Bradley--especially if he brings Flavia! The only problem is... I've read all he has out right now... and I'm already ready for the next one!
4. Jane Austen. Yes, I know she's still not living, but it's MY Thanksgiving table... so time and space doesn't matter :-)
5. Mark Twain. I think it would be great to just sit and listen to him and his stories.
6. Charles Dickens. Between Mr. Dickens and Ms. Austen, I could really enjoy the discussions of class and life in 19th century England.
7. Maeve Binchy. I want to live in a Maeve Binchy novel. 'Nuff Said.
8. Martha Grimes. First, congratulations to Ms. Grimes on being named the 2012 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Another auto-read for ALL her series.
9. Louise Penny. This is a new author to me, but I'm thoroughly enjoying her Three Pines series. If you like mysteries, and haven't yet checked her out, I recommend you do!
10. I would be remiss if I didn't include the first author I remember feeling a kinship with, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Her Anne of Green Gables series thrilled my young soul when I received them as a Christmas present umpteen-thirty years ago.
I would love to include more authors that have meant a lot to me over the years: Louise May Alcott, Arther Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov,... the list could go on forever.
Who are some of YOUR favorites?