As for fiction, i read so many books at one time, yikes, I can't list one favorite author. I generally go for genre first, typically romance, then the sub-genre, and it differs all the time. For example, I recently read a Western romance by Heidi Betts that was pretty good. But If i'm in the mood for Medieval, I might read something by Mary Reed McCall or other good writers of the era.
I really adore time travel fiction though, so I'll pick up any i can find. I recently read a thick book entitled "The best time travel stories" or something like that, filled with tales by science fiction writers. Now I like science fiction, but after reading that book with its good stories, I think I'll lean more toward romantic time travel stories in the future because I prefer happy endings. Do you get more out of a book if it has a happy ending?
At home, I sit at my computer and enjoy tales by lesser known authors who publish with epubs. Of course, as an editor, a lot of good work comes across my desk.
Happy reading! -Corinne