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Monday, March 23, 2020

'Thanks, I'll Have Another'

“One of the nice things about books as opposed to television and movies … is people really do get involved, and they do create, and they do have their own visions of what different characters look like and what should happen.  It’s great.  It means their brains are working.” – James Patterson

Born in New York on March 22, 1947, James Patterson has become the most prolific author of all time with his phenomenal success as a mystery and children’s writer.  Intending to become a college professor, he was a Ph.D. candidate when he decided to try his hand at advertising and, like everything he tries his hand at, succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.   But, he abruptly retired in 1996 to devote his time to writing.  Good move.

His novels, especially featuring detective/psychologist Alex Cross, have been among the most popular of all time selling hundreds of millions with 114 reaching Number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.  He holds the distinction of having had more books sold as e-books than any other author, and he is the first author to ever have the Number 1 titles in both adult and children’s categories at the same time.       His awards include the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year.  But, he said, the award he most cherishes is Author of the Year from the Children’s Choice Awards.

“This is what I believe is most important:” he said, “Getting good books into the hands of kids – books that will make them want to say, ‘Wow, that was great.  Give me another one to read.’”

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