James Patterson is a prolific author who has written detective stories, thrillers, science fiction, young adult, and junior fiction novels. His first book was published in 1976 but he continued working and moving up the ranks of the advertising world until 1996, when he decided to leave his life as an executive to focus on writing full time. James has teamed up with many other authors to write fiction books for kids. When working with another writer, he first writes an extensive outline, which is then sent to the co-author. The co-author produces a first draft, with Patterson keeping an eye on the story's progression and handling revisions before the book is published. In 2010, Patterson earned a place in the Guinness World Records as the first author to sell more than 1 million e-books, and his ever-growing number of books on the New York Times best sellers list — already 114 as of May 2015 — is another Guinness record. As of January 2016, he had sold more than 350 million books worldwide. Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York in 1947. He was a good student but didn't enjoy reading until after he graduated high school. He currently lives in Florida with his family.