You may already know James Patterson from his best-selling book scores – he has sold 375 million copies worldwide worldwide – but a whole new autobiography can make you think twice.
The prolific author of his Alex Cross novels and other fiction book series has just released “James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life” (Little, Brown / Hatchet Book Group) – and it is full of revealing stories. Personal experiences.
“I started writing this during COVID,” Patterson said in a phone interview with Fox News Digital, “Why this book now?” Said in answer to the question.
In the midst of the epidemic “And for many of us, I think we have some extra time on our hands, trapped in our homes” – “And, I think you’ll start to examine your life a little bit, because it’s like that. It’s a strange time,” he said.
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Patterson spoke with Fox News Digital during his book tour – among other places – he stopped in Madison, Wisconsin for a book event a few days ago.
And he said he had to grab some ice cream from the student body at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. (His wife attended university.)
Revealing more about how his autobiography came about, Patterson told Fox News Digital, “I started writing these articles and I really liked it. – On the quality of my writing and my sentences, “he said.
“I think it made me a better writer. It’s fun.”
He also admitted, “I’m never had a lot of compliments about a book. People say to me, ‘This is your best book. It’s better than Alex Cross.’ It’s really fun, “he said.
“I started writing these stories and I really liked it.”
Patterson was particularly tickled by Bob Woodward’s quote about the new book.
Woodward wrote, “I thought I was interviewing James Patterson for hours on the most permissible sodium pentothal, the truth serum – and he spilled his truly amazing life story.”
Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell says of Patterson’s autobiography, “Patterson lived a wonderful life as one of the greatest storytellers of all time … I love lively, bright stories and sometimes his sharp narrative brings you to tears.”
Patterson said, “My book is honest and truthful. I tell stories after stories … these are just good stories. I’ll not go back and tell you everything you want to know about Newburgh, New York. These are just my dad’s stories. [his] He grew up in a poor home – and that’s how he got called before he went to World War II. “
“It simply came to our notice then [how he grew] In the house of the poor “
His paternal grandparents took him downstairs, Patterson explained, sitting him down and saying bluntly, “We have to tell you we’re not your natural parents. You’re adopted.”
And then a man on the phone – a man named George Hazleton, Patterson said – spoke to his father and said, “I am your brother.”
From there, Patterson said, he’s time in advertising – and then publishing. I’ve had two careers along the way, “he said with a laugh.
In addition to writing scores for his own novels, Patterson co-authored several books with other prominent figures – including Dolly Parton and former President Clinton.
So what’s his secret to getting along well with others for a serious co-writing experience?
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Patterson shared an article with Swedish author Liza Markland on how he wrote a novel. In Sweden, when the novel came out, the couple did an incredible number of interviews for the book, Patterson said – 46 interviews, to be exact.
“And one question we almost always ask is, ‘How can a Swedish and an American ever be together?’ ‘On a project like this?
Patterson responded to Fox News Digital: “The important thing is that we have mutual respect for each other – and we listen. That’s the key. Listening.”
Patterson added, “For example, in Hollywood, I found it very difficult to make people listen. You may have an idea, but they want to tell you how to do it.”
And he says “that’s the key thing” about his success in co-writing books.
“The key thing in advertising is for me – listening to clients and listening to what they have to say. [working and writing] With President Clinton – the same thing. Listen to what he has to say. “
“One year, for a birthday present, [Bill Clinton] He gave me a humidor with the President’s stamp on it. “
With Dolly Parton – “Same thing,” he said.
He also said that some “really good friendships” came from these projects.
For example, last Christmas Bill Clinton said he “gifted a monopoly to the Socialists. And then one year, as a birthday present, he gave me a humidor with the presidential seal. And I know.” Smoke, “said Patterson.
“So I called him and I said, ‘Well, did I put bubblegum or chocolate cigars in it?'” Patterson recalled their exchange.
“And Clinton said, ‘At our age, bubblegum – because, you know, you really need to exercise the gums and teeth.’
“And with Dolly,” Patterson said – “same thing.”
He said on the phone for a year that Parton had sung “Happy Birthday” to him.
“And this year she sent me a poem, and she framed it. Its name is ‘New Old Friends’.”
“Now you’re my new old friend.” – Dolly Parton to James Patterson
And she says she did a song with Kenny Rogers, “and they both believed there was no such thing as ‘new old friends’. You know you really have to pay your dues for a true friendship,” Patterson said.
And in the poem, she says she really believes, Patterson added – “Until you walk in my door. But now you’re my new old friend,” Dolly told him.
Patterson said, “Doing it personally – you know. When we talked about the movie ‘Run, Rose, Run’, I read the poem twice, and I said to her, ‘This is our relationship. We want to have. We want to have a close personal relationship. And we want to make a really good movie. “
Fox News has asked Digital Patterson to work with anyone else in the near future.
“I started thinking about doing a book with Steph Curry,” Patterson revealed.
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“We’ve in Boston,” Patterson explained on the night of one of the NBA playoff games (before the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, June 16 in Game 6 to clinch the championship).
“And his dad came up to me. His dad’s a big fan, I do not know that. And I said, ‘Okay, say goodbye to Steff, because by the end of the series, we’re going to talk about doing something together.
“We’ll see,” Patterson added. “That’s fun.”
He said, “Let’s see what happens with Steff.”
Patterson said of all of his co-writing relationships, “We never had any interruptions along the way.”
“You want to see people coming together rather than apart.”
Patterson also said of his life, “After growing up the way I did in Newburgh – I joked about it, but it’s kind of true – but I’m poor and I’m middle class. And then I’m poor and middle class again, and now I’m very rich. I like it. “
He also said, “As a man and writer I am very happy to have faced them all. I think it was really useful.”
In terms of his experiences and as far as America is concerned right now, “Our dad grew up in a poor house in Newburgh. So I saw part of it. I saw middle class life. I lived around it. Country, I lived in the South … and like everyone else, you want to see people coming together instead of parting. You want to see a little more unity than all these islands of discontent. “
“It’s very scary before the book comes out – because you expect people not to deny your life.”
“I do not know when compromise has become a bad word. That is, how we live our lives. We compromise in family life. We compromise in most of the things we do,” he said.
“And that’s okay. And then all of a sudden, in some areas, people don’t want to compromise – and they don’t want to hear.”
Regarding the new book, Patterson said he kept hearing from others that it was “very entertaining”.
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“People are enjoying it. And it’s so much fun,” he said.
“Because before the book came out it was so scary – because you expect people not to deny your life.”