Oh, I have so many! There are so many authors' works I like and respect, I'd probably have to group them all by genre and time period in order to do them all justice. One book doesn't qualify as a "favourite author" -- while that book would be a "favourite book", a "favourite author" has to have written at least two books that I really loved.
To Sakura who began this topic, I like Caroline B. Cooney as well. My favourite book by her is "Goddess of Yesterday."
Regarding the classics, from the 18th-19th century or so, I really enjoy Jane Austen and Alexandre Dumas too, as some people mentioned above. Going into the 20th century, I also like Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladmir Nabokov, and Virginia Woolf. Actually, Virginia Woolf is kind of my homegirl. Undoubtedly she would be chastised to ever know she could be referred to as such ;-)
Onto contemporary fiction, I admire the works of Kazuo Ishiguro and Isabel Allende. If we're going to enter the realm of sci-fi and fantasy, especially YA, hoo boy. Though I like J.K. Rowling, she isn't my favourite. I've grown attached to her world, but I think there are worlds that are better built. I love Neil Gaiman and Sherwood Smith, both master world-builders, the latter probably more so. She literally has an entire universe in her head, and her stories are so good that Orson Scott Card are showering them with praise. (Don't believe me? Read his column and do a find for "Inda" or "The Fox").
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