There are a lot of other authors who have influenced my writing, grace my book cases with their works and fill my time with delight. In no particular order:
Douglas Adams: A man whose writing (and way of twisting words in on their ear) continues to delight and amaze me to this day. From his writing I learned a bit more about comedic timing and how to twist words into new and interesting phrases.
Lloyd Alexander: He wrote some of my favorite children's stories to date, and I learned that adventure isn't just for the young and the importantce of writing for your audience as a whole, and I have always respected the way he could weave tales for chilfen without talking down to them. I appreciated that as a child, and I strive to follow that example as an adult
Jim Butcher: Author of my latest reading addiction - The Dresden Files. His writing is evetything I love about hardboiled detectives with the irreverence of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He's created characters that are real enough I want to shake them when they're being human and his style really works.
Neil Gaiman - I don't think I can say enough about Neil Gaiman's writing. My first introdcution to him was "Sandman", my second was "Good Omens." From his writing (and Terry Prechet) I learned that you can be funny and serious at the same time.
Barbara Hambly: A writer, who was one of the first authors I got to read who created strong male and female characters. Up until then, one gender or the other was yelling "Oh, help, help help... I seem to be in trouble... again." I loved that and I find myself carrying on in that tradtion. I don't writer genders, I write people.
J.D. Harkleroad - The first author I ever knew personally: my aunt. I remember reading her first novel 'Freeze out' and being hooked. I'm glad she's still writing, and I can think of no finer way to show my respect for her than to keep writing myself.
R.L. King: A friend and author, and the first of us to publish! Rat's writing has always amazed and entertained me, and I'm glad she tested the waters first.
Terry Prachet - The other half of the team that brought us "Good Omens"
J.K. Rowling: J.K. An author who got the next generation reading again. Something I think we, as writers, all aspire to.