5. Audrey Niffenegger:

Author of: The Time Traveler’s Wife.

My first rendezvous with this book was in crossword a year back. The title was so catchy that I was coerced into turning the pages. Usually before reading a book, I make it a point to know the author first. And what did I learn? Niffenegger worked at Columbia College Chicago as a professor. Although her job was satisfying, what bothered her most were her failed relationships. When another one went down the drain, Niffenegger lost all faith in love and came to a point of occasional nervous breakdowns. In between all the tears and cries, what was born was a master piece called “The Time Traveler’s Wife”. The story doesn’t end here. The manuscript was further rejected 25 times by publication houses. Finally when it got published, it won the Exclusive Books Boeke Prize and a British Book Award and sold over 3 million copies across the world.

4. JK Rowling:

Author of: Harry Potter Series

Here’s a confession. I have not read a single book from the Harry Potter series. Then why is it that I am talking about JK Rowling here? Every body knows Harry Potter, but not everybody knows that Harry Potter and his school of wizardry were born in a span of 4 hours while Rowling was on her way to London. Amidst a strained marriage, a financial crisis, a newly born daughter, a full time job and a suicidal tendency, Rowling managed the impossible. She spent the after work hours at a cheap café, completed her work on the first book and the rest is a legend. If you still haven’t taken a bow to this woman, now is the right time.

3. Sidney Sheldon:

Author of: Master of the Game

I happen to know a lot too many people who think Sidney Sheldon was not a good writer. Well I disagree. Sheldon was not only a good writer, he was a raconteur. And here’s a fact that should ‘tell the tale’. Sheldon wrote a staggering 20 novels, 5 broadway plays and numerous film and television scripts. That is way too much writing for one man. And that is what I appreciate. The man could write a book on a single strand of hair.

P.S: You remember that serial “I dream of Jeannie.” Guess who created it?

2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Author of: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

I know people who can tell you the address of Sherlock Holmes fictional residence but don’t know who his creator is. Conan Doyle, was a medical practitioner who never treated a single patient. He failed in his own profession so miserably that he had way too much time in his clinic. That is when Sherlock Holmes was penned. The character came out so strong, that people actually visited the fictional place, 221B Baker Street to seek Holmes. At one point, Doyle was so frustrated at the fame of Sherlock Holmes, that he killed the character in “The Final Bow.” People revolted and the response was so enormous that Doyle was forced into bringing Holmes back to life. A century later, people might have forgotten who Doyle is, but have they forgotten Holmes?

1. Homer

Author of: The Odyssey and Iliad

It would have been a crime to not include Homer in this list. Everything related to Homer is conjecture. Experts say that Homer is the first writer the world has ever seen. That makes The Odysses and Iliad the first books to be ever written. But here’s what is surprising. Nobody knows if Homer was a man or a woman. And probably that will always stay a mystery.

Note: This is just a random list of authors that came to my mind and having read most of them, I was compelled to write about them. Many other authors who missed the list, such as Charles Dickens, Ayn Rand, and Agatha Christie have conquered their own space in the realm of literature.