January 12th, 2011
English Honors Period 1
American literature is very important. Each author changes something about America
depending on their stories whether fiction or non-fiction. James Patterson, as a person and a
writer, is a vital part to literature. Patterson has written an uncountable amount of novels. Many
of which that have been top sellers. From his faithful readers, to his eye catching covers, his
stories make everyone want to read them. James Patterson is someone that needs to be noted for
Everyone has their own unique story. Mine, personally, is a little different than most.
March 22nd, 1947 is the day I was born, in Newburgh, New York. My mother, Isabelle, taught,
and my father, Charles, was an insurance executive. I have three younger sisters. I would say it
was “comfortable”. In 1965, I graduated from a Christian Brothers school, St. Patrick’s, as class
valedictorian. After, I headed to college at Manhattan College- majoring in English, of course. I
worked over the summer as an aid at a psychiatric institute up near Boston. That same summer I
began writing to eventually get a job in academia. I entered the graduate program at Vanderbilt
University. Soon after, I realized teaching was not meant for me. Therefore, for my master’s
thesis, I submitted a novel in 1970.
Unfortunately, soon after my companion for seven years was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Jane Blanchard died in 1970. (James Patterson, 1998). She was my new inspiration for writing.
At the age of 39, I became the CEO at an advertising company. In 1990, I was the chairman.
After more promotions, I decided to leave the company in 1996 to focus on my true passion-
writing. Later on, I did get married to someone. I also had a son. These this did not affect my
writing, but enhanced it.
My books are for a narrowed audience. I have about 39 New York Times best sellers.
Although the buyers are mostly loyal young adults, I have written some comics to have children
be interested in my writing. Also, I write for myself. "Writing has brought me a great deal of joy
over the years, but it's also brought me an absolutely ridiculous amount of money, and frankly,
for the last few years the writing has been getting in the way of the joy of money." (Stephan
Harris, 2007). The people who read the novels I publish, always come back, and I can't leave
I have written so many books, all with different story lines and ideas. Although, I have also
written a few popular series. I created this character, Alex Cross, and traced his life through
many novels. People reading it can see how he evolves as a person. Witch & Wizard is a new
popular book which will be coming out soon as a movie. It's about these two teenagers accused
of being a witch and wizard. The suspense is almost frightening.
My writing is also very different than most authors. Most of my typical books you see in
stores contain many chapters. I do this on purpose though. The chapters are only a few pages
long. I like to get only the main ideas out, and make the reader think. "I was writing a book
called Midnight Club, and I'd done about 100 pages, and I was planning to really flesh them out.
And I read the 100 pages, and I said, there’s something interesting here. And that's where I went
to just leaving a lot of stuff out." (Grossman, L. 2006) Karen Sidle said, "I hate buying books by
other writers, because it feels like the books are just full of words." (Harris, S. 2007). I like to
keep my writers interested in what I have to say. My genre changes depending on the audience,
which I like. I have been trying to expand it. Most novels are thriller. I like to keep my readers
on the edge of their seat.
Many people comment on my work. I wrote Black Market in 1986. The critics weren’t
very happy. “Newgate Callendar found the book ‘ambitious’ but ‘written in a superheated prose
very heavy on italics’, concluding that ‘the entire scenario is artificial and unbelievable’.” (James
Patterson, 2010). New York Times commented, ''The Road Less Traveled,'' with its famously
succinct first sentence (''Life is difficult''), is arguably the most successful paperback in the
history of the Times list.” (Dwight Garner, 2005). Each book, as expected, has positive and
negative reviews. No matter what they say, my books still get up to the number one spot.
James Patterson is significant in American literature. He has a variety of work. He sells to
everyone. From children to adults, everyone buys his novels. Although as a child he didn’t like
writing, he grew up and it became his passion. Patterson knew he wanted to be an author, so he
made it happen. He didn’t let all the money and fame stop him from doing what makes him
happy. James Patterson is a great author and a very important part of literature.
TITLE OF NOVEL : WRITTEN WITH: (he wrote YEAR:
with other authors for some
The Thomas Berryman 1976
The Season of the Machete 1977
The Jericho Commandment 1979
The Day America Told the Peter Kim 1991
Along Came a Spider 1993
Kiss The Girls 1995
Jack and Jill 1996
Miracle on the 17th Green Peter de Jonge 1996
Hide & Seek 1996
See How They Run 1997
Cat and Mouse 1997
When The Wind Blows 1998
Pop Goes The Weasel 1999
Cradle and All 2000
Roses Are Read 2000
First to Die 2001
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas 2001
Violets are Blue 2001
Second Chance 2002
The Beach House 2002
Black Friday 2002
Four Blind Mice 2002
The Lake House 2003
Jester Andrew Gross 2003
The Big Bad Wolf 2003
Sam’s Letters to Jennifer 2004
Third Degree Andrew Gross 2004
London Bridges 2004
Maximum Ride: The Angel 2005
4th of July Maxine Paetro 2005
Honeymoon Howard Roughan 2005
Lifeguard Andrew Gross 2005
Mary, Mary 2005
The 5th Horseman 2006
School’s Out—Forever 2006
Beach Road Peter de Jonge 2006
Judge&Jury Andrew Gross 2006
Step on a Crack Michael Ledwidge 2007
6th Target Maxine Paetro 2007
The Quickie Michael Ledwidge 2007
You’ve Been Warned Howard Roughan 2007
Maximum Ride: Saving the 2007
World and Other Extreme
7th Heaven Maxine Paetro 2008
Sunday at Tiffany’s Gabrielle Charbonnet 2008
Sail Howard Roughan 2008
The Dangerous Days of Daniel Michael Ledwidge 2008
Cross Country 2008
Run for Your Life Michael Ledwidge 2009
The 8th Confession Maxine Paetro 2009
Alex Cross’s Trial Richard DiLallo 2009
Alex Cross 2009
Worst Case Michael Ledwidge 2010
The 9th Judgment Maxine Paetro 2010
Private Maxine Paetro 2010
The Postcard Killers Liza Marklund 2010
Don’t Blink Howard Roughan 2010
*Patterson also wrote other novels that are not included in chart. Library Database was not
updated to the current date with his new novels.
Garner, D. (2005, Mar. 6). Inside the List. In The New York Times. Retrieved from
Grossman, L. (2006, Mar. 12). Books: James Patterson: The Man Who Can't Miss. In Time.
Retrieved from http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1172251,00.html
Harris, S. (2007, Sept. 7). Breaking News: James Patterson Quits Writing to Focus on ‘Ideas’. In
101 Reasons To Stop Writing. Retrieved from http://101reasonstostopwriting.com/
James Patterson (American Novelist). (2010, Nov. 5). In Books & Authors. Gale.
James Patterson. (1998). In Authors & Artists for young adults (vol. 25). Gale.