"We read to know that we are not alone." - C.S. Lewis
Your favorite writer.
Seriously. You can't just ask someone something like this! It's like asking what a favorite book is or something! Torture. Firstly, I tend to not attach myself to authors. I read books that I enjoy and don't always read other books by the same author. However, there are a few that stand out because they write books that I am interested in and I enjoy their style...so I shall list a few and call it done!
1. Melina Marchetta author of the Lumatare Chronicles, Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, Jellicoe Road, The Piper's Son, and The Gorgon in the Gully: Pocket Money Puffins. I started by reading Finnikin of the Rock and decided to try out one of her contemporary novels and was pleasantly surprised to find it equally good. Marchetta is a strong writer; she crafts intricate plot lines and realistic characters with beautiful, rich writing.
2. Maggie Stiefvater author of the Shiver Trilogy, Lament/Ballad, Scorpio Races, and Raven Boys. I started by reading Shiver and was intrigued but unimpressed. Her writing style took some getting used to (it is extremely poetic and lyrical) but I enjoyed it so when I had the chance to read Lament I took the opportunity. I found it even better than the first book and so I went on to read Ballad and found it better than Lament, from there I read Linger and then Scorpio Races and then Raven Boys. Each book I read was either better or equal to the one before it. Her characters are fascinating and the story line and settings are always intriguing and well crafted.
3. Scott Westerfeld author of the Leviathan Trilogy, Uglies Series, Peeps/The Last Days, Midnighters Trilogy, So Yesterday and...some others that I can't remember. So he has written a lot of books. I don't really know why I love his books so much. He is such a different writer than the first two authors I listed...but I love what he writes all the same and definitely count him as a favorite.
4. Gail Carson Levine author of Ella Enchanted, Fairest, Two Princesses of Bamarre, The Wish, Dave at Night, The Princess Tales (Six novellas retelling different fairy tales), Betsy Who Cried Wolf, Ever, A Tale of Two Castles....and other stuff I don't remember. She was a childhood favorite author...I read everything she wrote and loved every book I read by her (with the exception of Ever...oh dear...). I love fairy tale retellings and Levine's take on the tales was always fun and heart warming.