James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author.
Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, James Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kids". Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm to become a full-time writer. Among his fans, his most popular books are the series featuring Alex Cross, an African-American forensic psychologist.
In 2006, James Patterson sold more than 12 million books in North America. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 130 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was named "the man who can't miss" in Time Magazine. He was the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children's best sellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker'stop-ten list at the same time. In 2005 and again in 2006, James Patterson had a record five consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling original hardcover books. In 2006-2007, he appeared on the popular American TV series The Simpsons (in the episode "Yokel Chords") as himself. 
Patterson has also co-written several books with other writers, such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross. He has said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.
He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards. To date, $600,000 (of Patterson's own money) has gone to reward “people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."
Patterson’s bestselling Women's Murder Club series became a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. It premiered in 2007 on ABC television. Movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios.
Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.
He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack. .