James Patterson is an American writer. He is widely known for his novels on the fictional psychiatrist
, the lead of the Alex Cross series. Patterson also penned the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Witch and Wizard series, also many non-fiction, thrillers, and romance novels. His books have been sold more than 300 million copies and have the Guinness World Record for holding the first person to contract 1 million e-books.
In November 2015, Patterson won the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, which praised him as a passionate campaigner to make books and learning a national preference. A large supporter of teachers colleges, universities, school libraries, independent bookstores, and college students, Patterson has granted millions of dollars in donations and accomplishments in the intention of inspiring Americans of all generations to read more novels.
He was born in
and is the son of Isabella, who was a teacher and homemaker and father Charles Patterson, who was an insurance broker. He is a graduate with a B.A. Degree in English from Manhattan College and further did M.A. in English from the Vanderbilt University. Patterson was a Ph.D. applicant at Vanderbilt but got a job in the advertising field. He worked in J. Walter Thompson as an advertising executive. In 1996, he retired from advertising and applied his time to writing. His greatest impact was probably Evan S. Connell novel Mrs. Bridge. He wrote his first novel in the year 1976 named The Thomas Berryman Number. The novels showcase his character, Alex Cross, a controversial psychiatrist of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police, who presently works as a retired psychologist and government adviser, are his most famous and the top-selling U.S. detective set in the last ten years. Patterson has penned 147 books since 1976.
He had 114 New York Times bestselling stories and carried The New York Times record for most #1 New York Times successes by an individual author, a sum of 67, which is also a Guinness World Record. His books consider for one in 17 of all hardcover stories marketed in the United States; in recent times his best-seller has sold more prints than those of
, and Dan Brown United. His books have sold nearly 305 million copies universal. In 2008, he redeemed Jacqueline Wilson as the commonly used author in Britain's institutions. He held this position, at least until 2013. Patterson's honors include the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the Edgar Award, and the Children's Choice Book Award for the Author of the Year and the International Thriller of the Year award.
He is the first writer to have No. 1 new degrees concurrently on The New York Times adult and children's blockbusters lists, and to produce two books on the top-ten list by Novel Tracker at the same time. He performed on the Fox TV show
and in numerous episodes of Castle as himself. Patterson operates with diverse co-authors, such as Mark Sullivan, Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, Michael Ledwidge,
, and Peter De Jonge. In 2009, Patterson confirmed a deal to pen or co-writes 11 novels for adults and 6 for growing adults by the end of the year 2012.
Forbes stated the contract deserved at least $150 million, but according to Patterson, the survey was incorrect. In 2005 Patterson organized the James Patterson PageTurner Awards to distribute over $100,000 that time to schools, companies, people, and other organizations that find unique and practical ways to increase the activity of books and reading. The Awards were put to a standstill in 2008 to concentrate on Patterson's new enterprise, ReadKiddoRead.com, which serves teachers, parents, and librarians get the best books for their kids.
The social networking site for Read Kiddo Read is entertained by Ning. Patterson says that his own son, Jack, was not used to reading. So, on his summer vacation, he said that Jack did not need to do routines, just read one time a day. The initial summer, he did not want to, the following summer, he took it, and the third, Jack willingly did it. Patterson desired to give that chance to every kid, so he began the ReadKiddoRead website, for parents who could not find suitable books for their children. He also runs the College Book Bucks learning program. Patterson is a Roman Catholic by birth. His wife Susan and their family presently live in Palm Beach. They have a son, named Jack, who was born in 1998.