After initially being turned down by twenty-six publishers, Patterson's first
novel, The Thomas Berryman Number (1976), was published and went on
to win the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel. However, it was not until
the success of Along Came A Spider (1992) that the former chairman of advertising
company J. W. Thompson left to take up writing full time.
As of 2006 it was estimated that he has sold about 130 million books worldwide. In North America alone he sold 12 million copies in 2006. In 2005 he had five consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling hardcovers and is the first author to simultaneously hold the #1 spot on both the New York Times adult and children's bestseller lists.
A prolific author, he has written 18 books in his Alex Cross series (including Cross Country, 2008), eleven books in the Women's Murder Club series (including 7th Heaven, 2008), seven in the Maximum Ride series (including Final Warning, 2008), plus over 20 stand alone novels. Increasingly he writes with coauthors, most notably Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross.
He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards and, as of 2007, has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."
He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.
This biography was last updated on 07/28/2011.
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Conversations with James Patterson about The Beach House, Violets Are Blue and Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas.
A Conversation with James Patterson about The Beach House
Beach House is your first legal thriller, what lead you to write it? Did you
enjoy writing it? Would you write another?
I didn't specifically set out to write a legal thriller, I was just incredibly intrigued by the story in The Beach House . However, most of us are fed up with the injustice that poses for justice in this country. That's at the core of The Beach House. It also seemed like a fun idea to take on John Grisham at his own game. I generally like his stuff and the legal world is incredibly dramatic.
There is a great deal of corruption in The Beach House in the local officials and in the corporate law firm, do you think this is a common occurrence? Do you have any experience with the law?
Other than my hundreds of arrests I really don't have that much experience with the law. While the majority of people aren't corrupt, there certainly is an awful lot of corruption in this country. It's particularly tragic that some of it takes place at law firms, like the one depicted in The Beach House .
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