Just started reading fanfic last year. LJ for my own private journal (cheap therapy) and to keep up on the current fanfiction going down. Love Buffy and all the Whedonverse. Giles and Shepherd Book both got screwed over and need serious love. Love the right words in the right order. Trying to make them line up like that for me but frankly I'd rather read Antennapedia, Herself and Kalima 'cause it always hurts a little in a very good way.
Living writers whose books I buy the instant they're available, even in hardcover although I have no money: Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabeldon, Karen Chance, Karen Marie Moning.