What? What? Whaaat?
I can't pick something like that. It's too hard.
I can make certain points of what certain authors mean to me but I can't pin a favorite. Just not possible.
So I'll give my academy award speech and say thanks:
J. K. Rowling was important to me growing up because I started reading Harry Potter at 11 and thought I was silly and different because I read books and liked thinking of different worlds and it felt like she was on my side. Plus, the HP fandom gave me brilliant friends, I have a lot to thank her for.
J. R. R. Tolkien made me look smart in front of my college professors, thank you.
Thanks Balzac for making me feel like I had to study more history.
Eoin Colfer made me want to know more about everything. Thanks for turning me into a odd knowledge encyclopedia.
And to the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer for making me dream of more romance than I should hope for in real life.
And thanks Roald Dahl for leading me down this path.