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  Dictionary Definition of author

author
noun
1. a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
2. the originator, beginner, or creator of anything.
3. the literary productions of a writer: to find a passage in an author.
-- verb (t)
4. to be the author of; write.
[ME autor, from OF, from L auctor originator]
-- authoress , noun fem. -- authorial , adjective -- authorless, adjective -- authoring, noun