Katharine Mary Briggs (reading AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAIRIES when I was in middle school changed my life forever)
Ursula K. Le Guin (I probably wouldn't have written poems and stories about wizards nearly as much as I have if I hadn't been inspired by her Earthsea trilogy).
Cathy Buburuz (one of the first editors to accept my work for publication, and the one who gave me the nudge to start submitting my own artwork, the first few pieces of which were heavily influenced by her own artwork).
Terrie Leigh Relf (another editor who accepted a number of my works, one who nudged me into writing stories and non-fiction articles, as well as the author of THE POET'S WORKSHOP, which inspired me to write cinquains).
Adelaide Crapsey (I love her cinquain "November Night", and once I began writing my own, I looked to the one I've always adored as a model.)
Jean Elizabeth Martin (my artwork has been heavily influenced by the illustrations used in the role playing game rule books and supplements of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, including the line-drawings of Jean Elizabeth Martin, JEM.)