“And I did it so loud that [costar] Alexis [Bledel] swallowed her gum. ’ ” Patterson; 43, can be forgiven a little overexuberance.
James Patterson is one of the most prolific authors of our time.
Drafted to the minor leagues in 1980, he spent the next eight years pitching for the AAA and AA teams of the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers.
In 1983 he married Vera Davich, then a student, but the union lasted less than two years. “We weren’t mature enough to be married.” Although he was called up several times, Patterson never threw a pitch in the big leagues.
It was, he says, remarkably easy to get used to the preferential treatment in restaurants, the first-class travel, the private plane, and being with someone who was recognised everywhere he went.
Nine months after they first met, Patterson moved into Norton’s house.