In terms of my "professional" writing, I write about the history and society of the ancient Romans based on archaeological finds, classical writers and modern scholarship. The most influential "writers" in my professional writing are Cato the Elder, Pliny the Elder, Ammianus Marcellinus and the like; VERY influential modern historical writers are M.I. Finley, F. Braudel, A. Carandini, to name a few. Perhaps the most important things that these writers have taught me are to write about people and to relate the past to the present. This is very important in archaeology - we are ultimately (re)discovering how people lived and also learning about ourselves.
I was brought to Author's Den, primarily as a reader, by Peter Cooper.