Since I don’t have a favorite book, I’d find it hard to choose an all time favorite author. If push came to shove and I was forced to choose a favorite, I’d probably go with whatever author I’m currently enjoying. Right now that’s Connie Willis, the author through whose historical novel-sci fi books I’m slowly making my way. Last month, my favorite author would have been Robert J. Sawyer. The month before it was Geraldine Brooks. Next month it’ll probably be either China Mieville or Robert Charles Wilson, since I’ve got Embassytown and Vortex in my TBR soon pile.
While I don’t have a favorite author, I do have authors whose new works I will always try to read. These include a wide range of authors. Besides those I’ve already listed (and those I read regularly for more “professional” reasons), they would include mystery writers like Patricia Cornwell and Laurie King (though I’m having a hard time with her most recent Mary Russell mystery), novelists like Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, Lisa Genova, and Anna Quindlan, environmental essayists like Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben, and Michael Pollan, and a whole slew of science fiction writers.