Now Read This! A Patterson Disciple Steps From the Master’s Shadow

“I probably wouldn’t be writing fiction if James Patterson hadn’t approached me,” says 59-year-old novelist Peter de Jonge. “I was a copywriter at J. Walter Thompson [ad agency] when Jim was the creative director there. I had just started writing for magazines on the side, and he spotted some of my pieces. I became his first collaborator.” The pair wrote a trio of thrillers together, starting with Miracle on the 17th Green (1995). De Jonge got a coauthor credit on …

Now Read This! 50 Shades of Satire

The spoofs of E. L. James have been coming hard and fast: 50 Shades of Gay…50 Shades of Black and Blue…even 50 Shames of Earl Grey. But last week I received a knockoff with a difference: Tucked inside my review copy of The Secret Life of a Submissive by Sarah K was a silken cord of the variety not intended for home repairs. Yup, publisher HarperCollins had sent this suburban blogger a sex toy. This isn’t the first time a …