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Old 12-04-2010, 05:39 AM   #1
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In 15 minute, list 30 authors that have made an impact in your life at some point. They can write fiction or nonfiction. Try doing this without Googling and see what you come up with!
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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1. R.L Stine (Goosebumps etc)
2. Stephen King
3. Khaled Hosseini (A thousand Splendid Suns)
4. Primo Levi
5. Ann Frank
6. Randy Pausch (The last lecture)
7. Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
8. James Frey (A Million Little Pieces)
9. Dan Brown
10. J.K Rowling
11. J.R.R Tolkien
12. william shakespeare
13. Jane Austen
14. Agatha Christie

That's really all I can think about. These are authors that "changed my life, one way or another. R.L Stine got me to enjoy reading when I was a kid and is the first author I can remember, so I'm guessing he left his mark somehow. The rest mostly influenced me because one 1 book in particular or a serie (Rowling) but they have all left a mark in their own way.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:47 PM   #3
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I guess this brings up the question; what makes an author?

I mean, Randy Pausch is a college professor who wrote a book to come to terms with what his death and so that his family would have something good to remember (and arguably money) after he was gone.

Does writing a book make you an author?

The same logic applies to Ann Frank. She was writing her journal which happened to get published after her death. Without taking anything away from her, is she an author? A lot of people, if not everyone, had a journal at some point in their lives. Whether it was published or not.

Do you have to be published to be an author?

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Old 02-03-2011, 07:43 AM   #4
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1 David Eddings
2 Ann Bishop
3 JT Edson (Westerns)
4 JRR Tolkien
5 Sherrilyn Kenyon
6 Ben Goldacre (Bad Science)
7 Terry Ptatchett
8 Lyndsay Sands
9 David Weber
10 Peter Newark
11 Michelle Bardsley
12 Larry Niven
13 Robert Asprin
14 Oliver Strange (Westerns)
15 Scott Adams (Dilbert)
16 Raymond E Feist
17 Tamora Pierce
18 Gary Gygax (Dungeons and Dragons)
19 Piers Anthony
20 Douglas Reeman
21 Ewart Brooks
22 Jerry Pournelle
23 William H Gibson (Sprawl Trilogy)
24 Simon R Greene
25 Lynne Truss (Eats, shoots and leaves)
26 George Gush (WRG 7th Ed)
27 David Nicholle
28 Hans Talhoffer (Fechmeister)
29 RA Salvatore
30 Alistair Mclean

Apart from the science fiction or fantasy authors there are two game designers, two historians, the author of a medieval martial arts hand book, two western authors, a punctuation sourcebook, a scientific journalist, and Alistair Mclean.

I appear to have very eclectic tastes. Some of the books are used as reference when I am creating characters. Which leads to the thought... are we authors because we write our describe our characters in text?

I guess anyone who writes is an author, whether or not they are published. Ann Frank wasn't writing the diary to be published, but nevertheless she authored it. While Gary Gygax did write some fiction, George Gush only ever wrote a set of wargaming rules. Is he an author?
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Not a massive massive reader, but when I like a book - normally go through the whole series

John Marsden
Robert Jordan
JK Rowling
Christopher Pike
JRR Tolkien
Anne Rice
Wilbur Smith
Terry Goodkind
Michael Moore
Kathy Reichs
Enid Blyton
George R R Martin
Raymond E Feist
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I used to be a big time reader but I kinda put it aside over the years and now mainly read online lol.

Here are my faves.

J.R.R. Tolkien
James Redfield
Anne Rice (I love vampire fiction)
Terry Pratchett
J.K. Rowling (though I must confess I've only read her first book and seen the movies lol).
Anne Frank (I've been to the "Achter Huis" many times)
Shakespeare

There are others who I love but can't name right now, I love reading though my busy schedule keeps me away a lot, must confess I'm more behind my laptop then behind a book, I do buy many magazines
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Funny fact, Anne Frank's "house" was one of the reasons I first wanted to go to the Netherlands. I really wanted to go see it after I've read the book (and the "sequel" by a different author (obviously), which starts right where the original book ends and covers the time in concentration camp up to Frank's death through the eyes of another prisonner of the concentration camps).
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