Meg Cabot - A staple of my high school days. I eagerly awaited each of her new releases, rushing to the bookstore (Borders...alas, poor Borders). She was my first author signing, way before book blogging existed.
Stephen King - His work came highly recommended by friends. I remember toting "Carrie" and "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" in my backpack.
Shakespeare - I tried to read some of his work in middle school, but some of it was over my head. When it was required reading in high school and I finally got it, I grew to love it completely.
Louisa May Alcott- I connected with Jo's character almost instantly. Her fiery temperament and imagination greatly inspired me.
Bill Watterson - Now that I think about it, I believe his work was my gateway into reading graphic novels. His work brought a lot of joy to my life after my father's passing.
Anne Rice - Back in the day, I couldn't get enough of her beautiful but dark descriptions and characters.
Richard Adams - Reading "Watership Down" in my school's library was a wonderful escape. Every time I see a rabbit, I recall memories of his novel.
Harper Lee- Classic southern writer who captured small town Southern life perfectly.
Peter S. Beagle- Loving the movie, discovering the novel of "The Last Unicorn" was even better. Extended scenes, events left out of the movie, character feelings, every fan girl's dream.
Erich Seagle - I honestly read "Love Story" one of the only romance novels my mom owned over and over each summer, sitting in the yard, trying to get a tan. Ah, memories.