James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD, Witch and Magic, and a special series, as well as numerous stand-alone, non-fiction, and romantic novels. His books sold more than 300 million copies and he was the first person to sell a million e-books. In 2016, Patterson topped forbes' list of highest-paid authors for the third year in a row, with revenues of $95 million. His total income over a decade is estimated at $700 million. In November 2015, Patterson received the Literacy Award from the National Book Foundation, which reminded him of being "an ardent campaigner to make books and read a national priority. Patterson, a generous supporter of universities, teachers' colleges, independent libraries, school libraries and college students, has donated millions of dollars in scholarships and scholarships to encourage Americans of all ages to read more books."