Stephen King Named America’s Favorite AuthorIn a new Harris poll, Stephen King takes the number one spot as America’s favorite author.The authors on this list make publishers very happy. Most publish fairly routinely, usually guaranteeing a best-seller. But these authors have all been around for quite some time (and one is dead), so publishers may need to be on the lookout for the next great, and prolific, writer. But regardless of who that is, at the moment Dan Brown and Stephen King still make American readers rush to get their latest releases.The rest of the top 9 are as follows:6. Dean Koontz 7. Danielle Steel 8. Dan Brown 9. J.K. Rowling (tie) 9. J.R.R. Tolkien (tie)This Harris poll was conducted online in the U.S. between Aug. 9 and 16 with 2,775 adults, aged 18 and over.