Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, June 24, 2011
James Patterson - two novels being published on same day
James Patterson, who has broken most bookselling records, is about to try something his publisher believes has never been done before: release two new books on the same day
Patterson's murder thriller, Now You See Her, written with Michael Ledwidge, goes on sale Monday encased in a narrow wrapper that urges: "While you're here, don't forget the kids."
It shows the cover of Patterson's other Monday release: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, written with Chris Tebbetts and illustrated by Laura Park, aimed at readers 8-12.
Patterson, who has had 19 titles hit No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list in the past decade, says he can't remember who suggested the dual release.
"But it's a good way to remind parents that it's part of their job to find books their kids will enjoy," he says. "Books that they'll finish and say, 'Give me another one.' Reading is a kind of muscle you need to use."
Patterson says his son Jack, 13, who has turned into a voracious reader after a slow start, inspired him to write for kids, including sci-fi series Maximum Ride and Daniel X, and to create a website, ReadKiddoRead.com, which Publishers Weekly praised as "clearly not a cynical ploy to sell more of his own books."