James Patterson is the world’s highest paid author

Crime writer James Patterson has been named the world’s highest paid author by Forbes magazine.  Creator of Detective Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club, Patterson earned a mind-blowing £50.9 million last year ($84 million).  Second placed writer was romance queen Danielle Steel who looks like a pauper in comparison with a paltry £21 million.  Other familiar names on the list include Stephen King, John Grisham and Stephanie Meyer, creator of the Twilight series.  I think I’m going to get into this writing lark.  £50 million a year sounds like a nice little earner – just about enough to keep up with my movie and book habit…

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