“Shoutout to writer friends who inspire you.”
Well, let’s divide this answer between the living and the dead, shall we? And let’s pretend that these people are/were my actual friends. (Okay, one of them is!)
Dead writers who inspire me: Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Alexandre Dumas, Gerald Durrell, Victor Hugo, C.S. Lewis, Edgar Allen Poe, Dorothy Sayers, William Shakespeare, Rosemary Sutcliff, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, T.H. White.
Living writers who inspire me: Orson Scott Card, Brandilynn Collins, Neil Gaiman, Donita K. Paul.