Style is a word rarely used these days in describing an authors writing ability. Most readers would rather make comment on the story-line, plot, or genre; this I suspect because publishing houses have already decided on what they will accept in the way of writing style.
We writers can no longer hope to develop an individual writing style as it will be rejected by the main-stream publishing houses. These people who control what gets published claim that an Irish or Scottish accent, written as part of a characters dialog would just confuse the reader, and not add anything to the story. Especially if published in another country... like China.
I disagree, then again, this could be a reason my books are not catching up with Stephen Kings. What do you think, should we edit out our characters accents?