The James Patterson Factory
James Patterson doesn’t like being referred to as a “factory line”, but he has been known to joke that he wrote 10 books while spending a few weeks at home recovering from minor surgery.
In an interesting article in The Independent, Arifa Akbar, reports that the American thriller writer, who produces eight books a year and has sold 130 million copies worldwide, is now regarded as the single most read author in the UK.
While Patterson maps out the fast-paced storylines and intricate plot twists, his novels are some times completed by others. The Bookseller magazine and website, has referred to Patterson as “a brand manager, presiding over a production line of commercial blockbusters written with other authors”, while Time magazine called him “the world’s greatest bestseller factory”, adding: “He’s either a damn good writer or the Beast of the coming literary Apocalypse.”
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