This is an impossible task.
I bet you thought I would say Linda Howard as my fave, right?
Well, she ranks way up there, of course.
But honestly, my favorite authors are some who are "real". Not that LH isn't real. She is. But I mean people I know in my life.
I started reading romance in the sixth grade, and the author I loved was Victoria Holt. Couldn't get enough of her her Gothics.
Then Barbara Cartland. Not such a fan of hers.
Then I found category romance. Ah, love.
But when I began to write, the person who started me on this journey was actually Margot Early, Superromance author. She taught a non-credit class at the college. She also introduced me to RWA. Patti Standard, she no longer writes, but she was an amazing Silhouette author. Very talented.
Then there's Brenda Mott, another Superromance author who introduced me to her agent, and did everything she could to help me sell.
Couldn't let this post go by without mentioning CPs, both pubbed and not, who have helped me so much.
Laura Anderson, where did you go? I miss you. You taught me so much!
One of them, Kristi Knight, has been my CP and friend for years. I couldn't have kept going without her strength and help.
The ladies of Crit-Me are the best....Carrie, Carol, Christi, Deb, Kristi, Liz, Margie, Shawn, Terri, some pubbed, some national contest winners, all incredibly talented and generous.
The new CPs and friends who have helped me with old, dead mss, Avril, Cassie, Sara and Mika.
All my faves.
I enjoy Bix and Mika's Blue cow dog and Somiar and Sasha and Charli and Esme as much as I do the pubbed author's finished pieces.
This is why I could never pick one fave author. It's impossible.