This is a hard question for me because I have many favorite authors. Each is my favorite for different reasons.
For emotionally grabbing my attention my favorite author would have to be Stephanie Myer. Not only in her Twilight books but also in the Host, she made me care for the characters and feel what they were feeling. In the Host, I cried when Wanda chose to die for her new friend, and host, Melanie.
J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, wrote the best story world. He created many diverse inhabitants and creatures for Middle Earth, along with their own languages, cultures, histories, and clothing. His imagination and detail has captivated me ever since I first read his books.
The best plotter I’ve ever read, with many twists and turns, has to be the Snowflake Guy, Randy Ingermanson. Randy and John Olsen co-wrote, Oxygen and the Fifth Man, which are high tech books about the first manned flight to Mars. Both books are full of many surprises. Randy’s City of God series, based on an assassination attempt on the Apostle Paul’s life, kept me turning page after page into the wee hours.
Another of my favorites is John W. Otte. His skill is not only in writing great Christian YA books for boys, but in also showing emotions through his characters’ actions. In one action packed sentence, John can show emotions with Blu-ray clarity.
Who is your favorite author and why?