I asked these major fiction writers who they thought was the most important contemporary fiction writer, and what had been his/her influence on their own writing and on the writing of other contemporary fiction writers. I defined contemporary as either someone alive or very recently dead. What do you think of these choices? What other contemporary fiction writers would you pick as having had the most influence? Check out what Ha Jin, Mona Simpson, David Bezmozgis, Arthur Phillips, Francine Prose, and other leading writers have to say.