James Patterson’s life adventures and personal stories revealed in a new book

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You might think you know James Patterson from his dozens of best-selling books already – he has sold over 375 million copies of his books worldwide – but a brand new autobiography might make you think twice.

The prolific author best known for his Alex Cross novels and other fictional series has just released James Patterson’s “James Patterson: The Stories of My Life” (Little, Brown / Hachette Book Group) – and it’s full of revealing stories and highly personal experiences.

“It was during COVID that I started writing it,” Patterson said in a telephone interview with Fox News Digital in response to the question, “Why this book now?”

“And I think for many of us, one, we had a little more time on our hands, being locked up in our homes” in the middle of the pandemic – “and besides, I think you’re starting to look into your life a little bit, because it was such a strange time, “he said.

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Patterson spoke to Fox News Digital during his book tour – incidentally, he was stopping in Madison, Wisconsin for a book event just a few days ago.

And he said he had to get ice cream from the University of Wisconsin student union in Madison, he said. (His wife went to college.)

James Patterson joined “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday June 7 to discuss his new memoir, “James Patterson’s James Patterson”.
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Revealing more about how his autobiography came about, Patterson told Fox News Digital: “I started jotting down these stories and I really enjoyed them. And one of the interesting things for me is that it really focused me, more than than I had been. in a while, on the writing, on the quality of my writing and my sentences, “he said.

“I think that made me a better writer, which is pretty funny.”

He also admitted: “I’ve never received so many compliments on a book, with people saying to me, ‘This is your best book. This is better than Alex Cross.’ It was really a very nice thing, “he said.

“I started jotting down these stories and I loved it.”

Patterson was especially tickled, he said, by Bob Woodward’s quote from the new book.

Woodward wrote: “I felt I was interviewing James Patterson with the highest allowable dose of sodium pentotal, the serum of truth, for hours – and he told the whole story of his truly amazing life.”

Author James Patterson is pictured at home in New York. He said of his latest book, an autobiography, “I’ve never received so many compliments on a book.”
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Not to be outdone, best-selling author Patricia Cornwell said of Patterson’s autobiography: “One of the greatest storytellers of all time, Patterson has led an extraordinary life … I love concise and bright anecdotes and, sometimes, his touching narrative will bring you to tears, “he wrote.

Patterson said, “My book is truthful and honest. I only tell one story after another … They are just great stories. I don’t go back and tell you everything you don’t want to know about Newburgh, New York. These are just stories. of my father. of [his] growing up in the home of the poor and how he received a call shortly before leaving for the Second World War “.

“These are just stories. From my father. Di [how he grew] in the house of the poor “.

His father’s parents took him downstairs, Patterson said, sat him down and told him bluntly, “We have to tell you we’re not your birth parents. You’ve been adopted.”

And then a man on the phone – a man named George Hazelton, Patterson said – talked to his dad and said, “I’m your brother.”

From there, Patterson said, he recounts his “time in advertising – and then in publishing. I’ve had a couple of careers along the way,” he added with a chuckle.

In addition to writing many of his own novels, Patterson has co-authored numerous books with other prominent people, including Dolly Parton and former President Clinton.

So what’s her secret to getting along with others for what can be an intense co-writing experience?

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Patterson shared the story of how he co-authored a novel with a Swedish writer, Liza Marklund. In Sweden, when the novel came out, the couple gave a staggering number of interviews for the book, Patterson said – 46 interviews, to be exact.

“And the only question we were almost always asked was: ‘How can a Swede and an American get along'” in a project like this?

Patterson gave Fox News Digital the answer: “The key thing is that we had mutual respect for each other and we listened to each other. That was the key thing. Listen.”

James Patterson told Fox News Digital that the secret to success in working with others is really very simple: “Listening … That was the key thing.”
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Patterson added: “I find, for example, in Hollywood it’s very difficult to get people to listen. You may have an idea, but they want to tell you how to do it.”

And “that was the key thing,” he said, of his success in co-writing books.

“It was a fundamental thing for me in advertising: listening to customers and really listening to what they had to say. And inside [working and writing] with President Clinton – same thing. Listening to what she had to say. “

“Then one year, for a birthday present, [Bill Clinton] he gave me a humidor with the presidential seal on it. “

With Dolly Parton – “same thing,” he said.

He also said that “really good friendships” were born from these projects.

He said, for example, that last Christmas Bill Clinton gave him “a gift from Monopoly for the socialists. And then one year, as a birthday present, he gave me a humidor with the presidential seal on it. And he knows he doesn’t. I do “Don’t smoke,” Patterson said.

“So I called him and said, ‘Well, can I get some chewing gum or chocolate cigars in it?’” Patterson recalled of their swap.

Bill Clinton has given James Patterson a couple of gifts over the years, Patterson revealed to Fox News Digital;  the couple wrote some books together.

Bill Clinton has given James Patterson a couple of gifts over the years, Patterson revealed to Fox News Digital; the couple wrote some books together.
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“And Clinton said, ‘At our age, chewing gum, because, you know, you really have to exercise your gums and teeth.”

“And with Dolly,” Patterson said, “same thing.”

He said Parton sang “Happy Birthday” to him on the phone one year.

“And this year he sent me a poem and framed it. It’s called ‘New Old Friends’.”

“Now you are my new old friend.” – Dolly Parton to James Patterson

And he said he had done a song with Kenny Rogers, “and they both believed there were no ‘new old friends’. You know, you really had to pay your dues” to have a true friendship, Patterson said.

And in the poem, he says he really believed it, added Patterson, “until you walked in my door. But now you’re my new old friend,” Dolly told him.

Author James Patterson and singer, actress and entrepreneur Dolly Parton completed a project together, “Run, Rose, Run,” an Amazon bestseller even before its release in March 2022. The fictional work came with a column accompanying sound.
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Patterson said, “Making it personal, you know. When we talked about the movie for ‘Run, Rose, run’, I actually read the poem a couple of times and said, ‘This is the kind of relationship we want to have. . We want to have a close personal relationship and we want to make a really good film. “

Fox News Digital asked Patterson who else he would like to work with in the near future.

“I’m starting to think about doing a book with Steph Curry,” revealed Patterson.

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“We were in Boston,” explained Patterson on the night of one of the NBA playoff games (this was just before the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics to take the championship on Thursday night, June 16, in Game 6).

“And his dad came to me. His dad is a huge fan, which I didn’t know. And I said to him, ‘Well, put in a good word with Steph, because when the show is over, we’ll talk about maybe doing something together. ‘”

“We’ll see,” added Patterson. “It would be fun.”

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is shown speaking to the media during the 2022 NBA Finals on June 9, 2022 in Boston.  James Patterson told Fox News Digital that he would like to do a book project with Curry.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is shown speaking to the media during the 2022 NBA Finals on June 9, 2022 in Boston. James Patterson told Fox News Digital that he would like to do a book project with Curry.
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He said, “We’ll see what happens with Steph.”

Patterson said of all of his co-screenwriting relationships: “We’ve never had any problems down the road.”

“You would like to see people unite rather than move away.”

Patterson also said of his life: “After growing up the way I grew up in Newburgh – I say this as a joke, but it’s kind of true – but I was poor and I was middle class. And then I was poor and class again. average, and now I’m pretty rich. And all in all, I prefer it. “

He also said, “I’m really glad I went through all of this, as a human being and as a writer. I think it’s been really helpful.”

In terms of his experiences and America in general right now, he said, “My dad grew up in the Newburgh poor house. So I saw that part of it. I saw middle-class life. I lived around. the country. I lived in the south … And like everyone else, you would like to see people gather rather than drift apart. You would like to see a little more unity rather than all these islands of discontent. “

“Obviously it was very scary before the book came out, because you hope people don’t reject your life.”

He added, “I don’t know when compromise became a dirty word. I mean, that’s how we live life. We compromise in our family life. We compromise in most of the things we do.”

“That’s fine. And then suddenly, in certain areas, people don’t want to compromise and they don’t want to listen.”

As for the new book, Patterson said he keeps hearing from others that it’s “a lot of fun.”

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“People are having fun. And it’s been very rewarding,” he said.

“Because obviously it was very scary before the book came out, because you hope people don’t reject your life.”