My 10 Favorite Authors & Why
I find it very hard to come up with a list of ten favorite authors, not because there are so few, but so many come to mind. Umberto Eco, Ian Pears, Andrea Camilleri, Günter Grass, Paulo Bacigalupi, Barbara Kinsolver, Phillip Dick, John le Carré, Alan Furst, and Jim Thompson to name a few, are not on this list. But the following floated to top for me in no particular order.
1. Donald Westlake, GOD SAVE THE MARK. This book, published in 1968, demonstrates his mastery of the comic crime genre. Look for the hook at the end of every chapter.
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY. A classic for the structure of his story and the richness of his characters. I’m also heartened to know he only sold about 20,000 copies in his lifetime. My family may still hit it rich with the movie royalties…
3. Ken Kesey, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST. A powerful story, with a well-constructed plot.
4. Carl Haissen, SKIN TIGHT. When I want a fun read, I pick up one of his books. Just enough satire to keep a smile on your face.
5. Elmore Leonard, GET SHORTY. I’m a sucker for humorous crime fiction and he’s a one the best.
6. Iassic Assimov, THE FOUNDATION TRILOGY. One of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time. I can always learn from his work.
7. William Gibson, NECROMANCER. The inventor of cyberpunk, he’s written cyberpunk, steampunk and beyond.
8. Ernest Hemingway, THE SUN ALSO RISES. I have always been attracted to Hemingway’s sparse style of writing.
9. Gabriel García Márquez, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. The first time I read Márquez I was captivated by his use of magical realism.
10. Douglas Adams, HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Satirical sci-fi at its best.
Richard Hacker’s novel, TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, released August, 2012 by Champagne Books was a 2011 Writer’s League of Texas (WLT) finalist, where in addition, SHAPER EMERGENCE won best novel in the Science Fiction category. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
After living many years in Austin, Texas where he worked as a leadership coach, public speaker and management trainer, he moved with his high school sweetheart to Seattle. While he misses the big skies of Texas, Richard has grown fond of the Pacific Northwest. His writing partner, a springer spaniel named Jazz, helps with proofreading and ball fetching.
DIRTY WATER, the next novel in the Nick Sibelius series after TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, will be released June, 2013. He is currently working on the third book in the series, CHAIN REACTION, as well as a young adult fantasy entitled INKER WARS: THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANN.
Visit him online at www.richardhacker.com