James Patterson is a publishing juggernaut, an industry all to himself. Best known for his novels featuring the protagonist Alex Cross of the Alex Cross series. Patterson, along with a stable of co-authors, produces the Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard series, plus a wide range of stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction books, children’s books and romance novels. All totaled, his books have sold over 300 million copies around the world.
Below is a wonderful video of James Patterson talking about his stories. He speaks to aspiring writers, his readers and shares much of his wisdom.
Born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York, James Patterson received a BA in English from Manhattan College and a MA in English from Vanderbilt. He was working on a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt when he was hired at an advertising agency. While working in advertising, Patterson wrote several bestsellers, but once he retired in 1996 he devoted his time to writing.
His first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was published in 1976. However, it was the Alex Cross novels that sealed his reputation as a bestselling novelist. Patterson’s character Alex Cross is a forensic psychologist who previously worked with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police and FBI. In the Alex Cross series, Cross works as a private psychologist and consultant to government. The Alex Cross series are by far, Patterson’s most popular novels and, for the past ten years, the top-selling detective series in the United States.
In addition to his wildly successful thrillers, James Patterson has written two heartwarming love stories, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and Sam’s Letters To Jennifer.
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