I’m not going to go in-depth as to why these guys have influenced me since in many ways, it would be hard to nail it down. These are authors that have been favorites of mine and are ones that when I read them, I consciously go “Wow, look how they did that! I want to be able to do that!” I certainly read and enjoy other authors besides just these guys but these are the ones that I’d list as inspirations (in no order other than what popped in my head). Some of them have styles that are very different from my own but I still feel like I’ve taken something from them along the way.
Robert E. Howard
Stephen King (“old” King anyway — ’70s & ’80s)
Michael Moorcock (Elric specifically)
Rob MacGregor (his Indiana Jones work)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Frank Herbert (his Dune series)
Arthur Conan Doyle