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James Patterson

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The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. In the past three years, James has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James's books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover n

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James Patterson Thanks, I like to think my books are pretty exciting. I look at every scene as if it were happening in a movie. Then I write an outline, scene by…moreThanks, I like to think my books are pretty exciting. I look at every scene as if it were happening in a movie. Then I write an outline, scene by scene, omitting any parts that readers would skip over. Short chapters are great for that. I make sure I’m constantly putting in twists, never letting the reader get too comfortable or have too good of an idea what’s going to happen next.(less)
James Patterson If I get bored, I put the book down and walk away. I’m the same way with movies – or even Broadway plays - if I’m not having a good time, or learning…moreIf I get bored, I put the book down and walk away. I’m the same way with movies – or even Broadway plays - if I’m not having a good time, or learning something new, I just get up and go.(less)
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As I told Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, and Gayle King earlier this week on CBS This Morning, I try not to just talk the talk, but walk the walk. So I'll be giving $1 million to independent bookstores across the country.

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“Basically, I have two speeds.... Hostile or smart-aleck. Your choice.”
James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

“Did you know that wasn’t me, the other Max?” I asked.
“Right away.”
“How?” I persisted. “We look identical. She even had identical scars and scratches. She was wearing my clothes. How could you tell us apart?”
He turned to me and grinned, making my world brighter. “She offered to cook breakfast.”
James Patterson, School's Out—Forever

“Man, you weigh a freaking ton," he told me. "What've you been eating, rocks?"
"Why, is your head missing some?" I croaked. His mouth almost quirked in a smile, and that's when I knew how upset he'd been”
James Patterson, The Angel Experiment


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Stefani Zeiger NOOOO!!!! I am ALMOST finished wit saving the world and other extreme sports but then i LOST it!!!! I looked EVERYWHERE. *sigh* To the bookstore i go

Jamison Yardley When does witch and wizard 3 the fire come out????????

Kyrstyn Ever Just saw you on Castle!

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Joyzi Thanks for accepting me as your friend^^

Larsan Maximum Ride is one of my favorite series. As you have probabley been told many times, you are an AMAZING author.

Maxine Mr. Patterson,
Maximum Ride is my bsolute favorite book. I've recomended it to all of my friends. I even named my dog total. I guess its partially because Max has basically the same name as me... but your writing is just amazing. No other book that I have ever read can match up with Maximum Ride. I find myself dreaming about the next book coming out. Thank you so much, and keep up the great work.

message 1: by Dani (last edited Nov 22, 2010 02:36PM)

Dani Albertazzi Mr. Patterson,
When I read your books I feel like the characters are telling me the story themselves, and often I even mix up my own life with theirs. I'm positive I'm not the only one who feels like something has changed in me when I finish a book you wrote, like my whole perspective was altered. I just want to thank you for it, because it's a shock to realize how touching a simple sentence can be.

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