David Weber for his Honor Harrington series, Eric Flint for his Ring of Fire series, Bernard Cornwell for Richard Sharpe (thank you very much!), Dashiel Hammet for being Dashiel Hammet, John D. Macdonald for Travis McGee and the “Busted Flush”, Ed McBain for the 87th Precinct, Randy Wayne White for Doc Ford and his buddies, I.M.Sterling for thinking ahead of the pack, Michael McGarrity for liking the southwest as much as he does, Lee Child for his wonderful characters and interesting plots, C.J. Box for his Park Rangers, W.E.B. Griffin for just about everything he’s written, and so many more great writers that I have no idea why I bother putting pen to paper (so to speak).
My library is still sitting around in boxes, so I can’t come up with a comprehensive list, but it is a very long list. What I listed above is some of my favorite novelists and does not begin to list the historians and biographers I admire.
Truthfully, I would far rather read these guys and all the rest than spend a single hour rewriting my own stuff. But then again, I do love writing. And writers. I feel your pain…
And then I get a lovely email from my eye surgeon, who took “The Big Bend” with him on vacation. Along with with his wife and children. He read it in three days (I hope his wife will forgive me for that).