One of my favorite writers is Peter David, whom I first discovered through his magical Star Trek novels. Peter managed to put his own stamp on the Trek Universe by creating a novel series with his own starship and crew. He’s also written many original novels, and is currently a writer for comics, as well.
Recently, Peter suffered a stroke, and is undergoing costly rehabilitation. Check out how you can help at the link: http://www.peterdavid.net/2013/01/04/here-is-how-you-can-help-peter/