Mario Puzo, Anna Quindlen, John Grisham, Barbara Kingsolver, Chaim Potok, Herman Wouk, Pat Conroy. Like most avid readers, too many to name!
I also enjoy reading about other authors. One of the most intriguing to me is Marguerite Duras. There is a movie titled The Lover that piqued my curiosity about her. Very interesting, as the movie is based on her life as young girl.