Emily St. John Mandel
And I suddenly realize I need to read more men. (♯^.^ღ)
Most of these authors only have a few books published, and I’ve read and loved them all. For Mandel, I never read her early work, but I loved her last three books: Station Eleven, Sea of Tranquility, and The Glass Hotel. I’ve only read two of Moshfegh’s: Eileen, and A Year of Rest and Relaxation, but I’ve got Lapvona on my Kindle right now if I could just get around to reading it. (♯ᴖ.ლ)
Answer’s the same for both question. Andy McDermott and Matthew Reily are my all-time favs. Both are action-thriller author’s I’ve been reading since I was a pre-teen. Huge fan. Love the works. They both have amazing characters, amazing plots, use a lot of history and mythology like I do. Honestly, their works gave me the confidence to give writing a go myself
This awesome author called Churro! Creator of the Churroverse! Writes amazing characters. Have a massive crush on that insufferable pastry Nah, kidding, or am I? I appreciate @NotARussianBot 's unique outlook on characters and plots and @J.L.O 's ability to add some pizzazz to tropes.
And as for published authors, I like James Sallis. He adds action and character development to his stories without it being dull. (Yes, Drive was a novel and the movie is based on that). I like Don Winslow as well for a similar reason. They inspire me because of those things as well.
To be quite honest, it changes all the time, depending on what I’m reading. A while ago, it was Richard Morgan. Now I’ve recently finished the City Blues quartet by Ray Celestin and his dedication to historical research and weaving complex plots has been honestly inspiring.
Also my go-to comfort reading is anything by Elly Griffiths, but my favourite of hers is the Brighton mysteries historical crime series. It’s easy reading, but catchy, and really entertaining character development. I like that her characters have unlikable traits or reactions that they work through. This is something I’ve also noticed in the Raven & Fisher series by Ambrose Parry. So I’m hoping that I can do better with my character development