Iris Yau Kit-yu, 17, Hang Seng School of Commerce I think most people would agree that the most influential author in the world is William Shakespeare. Although he lived in the 16th century, many of his works are popular even today. His pieces contained high literary value and are still being studied. He is famous all over the world and has influenced writers from many different countries and cultures. Nima Tamang, 14, St Margaret's Co-Ed English Secondary and Primary School J.K. Rowling. She started writing the Harry Potter series in 1990, the year her mother died. She channelled her feelings of loss into portraying Harry's loneliness. The Harry Potter series became very popular, and encouraged young children to read instead of watching TV or playing computer games. Millions of children and adults all over the world have read Harry's adventures. Rowling's imagination is amazing, so I hope she continues to write. Faristha Fathima, 14, St Margaret's Co-Ed English Secondary and Primary School Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They've written many books for everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. The books teach you how to deal with problems and live life to the full. Michelle Kim, 15, Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College William Shakespeare. Not only is he the most famous playwright ever, but he is also responsible for many well-known phrases and expressions. He is the most-quoted writer in the English-speaking world. One of his famous plays, Romeo and Juliet, shows us love never ends. Jansico Chu Man-fai, 17, Queen's College J.K. Rowling, because every time a new Harry Potter book was released, millions of people all over the world queued up outside bookstores to collect their copies. Few would argue with the fact that Rowling has written the most imaginative story ever. So many people are addicted to it and their lives have been greatly influenced by it. Nicole Hofstein, 16, King George V School Stephen King wins for being such an imaginative, best-selling author. He has earned millions with his high-octane thrillers like The Talisman, and suspense-filled, macabre tales like The Shining. Many of his books have been made into movies and TV series. His stories are really scary. Beverly Yau Hong-yin, 17, Hang Seng School of Commerce Who else but the author of a story translated into 65 languages and read by both children and adults? J.K. Rowling made Harry Potter a household name. It is not simply a fantastic story, it carries an important message. Rowling also supports various charities and is proof that, if you set your mind to a task, you can achieve anything.