London: Author James Patterson, who earned $84 million, was this year`s highest paid authors on the Forbes list, a media report said Friday.
Patterson, 64, is a prolific writer of children`s stories and writes online film reviews in his spare time.
He currently has a 17-book deal with Hachette, signed two years ago and worth $150 million, Daily Mail reported.
About 20 of his titles were on last year`s bestseller lists and his forthcoming list includes "Kill Me If You Can" this month, "Daniel X" next, then "Christmas Wedding" in October, followed by "Kill Alex Cross" in November, "Witch and Wizard" for December and "Private 1 Suspect" to start the new year.
He sold over 10 million books last year and Amazon reported his Kindle sales passing one million too.
The latest annual list of the highest-paid authors is dominated by American writers, except for Ken Follett at No.11 and JK Rowling a surprising 13th, probably because she did not publish anything last year, the Mail said.