Submitted by jbraun on

There are millions of items in our system with over 300,000 fiction selections! Throughout the year, hundreds (if not thousands) of authors unwittingly fight for the top spot as Burlington County Library's most popular author. This list is comprised of the top ten adult fiction authors in the system and their five most requested books of 2013!

#1 James Patterson

James B. Patterson is largely known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series. Several of his novels have been turned into feature length films and he has even takes steps into the Young Adult fiction genre with the Maximum Ride and Daniel X series of books and graphic novels!

#2 Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She writes as J.D. Robb for the "In Death" series, and has also written under the pseudonyms Jill March and for publications in the UK as Sarah Hardesty. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot.

#3 Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovitch began her career writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name Steffie Hall, but gained fame authoring a series of contemporary mysteries featuring Stephanie Plum, a lingerie buyer from Trenton, New Jersey, who becomes a bounty hunter to make ends meet after losing her job. The 19 novels in this series consistently top the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists, most recently with Notorious Nineteen.

#4 David Baldacci

Baldacci began writing stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them. He wrote for more than two decades, penning short stories and later screenplays without much success. While practicing law, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. Published in 1996, it was an international best seller. He has since published 25 additional bestselling novels for adults as well as three novels for children.

#5 Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a best-selling author of over 150 romance novels and contemporary women's fiction. Over 170 million copies of her books are in print throughout the world, and four have become made-for-TV-movies. Macomber was the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance in 2005 and has been awarded both a Romance Writers of America RITA and a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America.

#6 Lee Child

Jim Grant, better known by his pen name Lee Child, is a writer of thrillers. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Each of Child's novels follows the adventures of a former American military policeman, Jack Reacher, who wanders the United States. Recently, the series was made into a feature-length film starring Tom Cruise and Werner Herzog.

#7 Danielle Steele

Danielle Steel is a novelist who is currently the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold.

Based in California for most of her career, Steel has produced several books a year, often juggling up to five projects at once. All her novels have been bestsellers, including those issued in hardback. Her formula is fairly consistent, often involving rich families facing a crisis, threatened by dark elements such as jail, fraud, blackmail and suicide. Steel has also published children's fiction and poetry, as well as raising funds for the treatment of mental illness. Her books have been translated into 28 languages, with 22 adapted for television, including two that have received Golden Globe nominations.

#8 Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia and graduated in 1959 from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After graduation he enrolled in the Air National Guard, spending two months in basic training before moving to New York, where he began a career in the advertising industry. Towards the end of the 1960s, Woods emigrated to England and lived in Knightsbridge, London while continuing to work in advertising. After three years in London, Woods decided to write a story based on an old family tale which had been told to him when he was a child. This story became the novel Chiefs.

#9 Sandra Brown

Brown started her writing career in 1981 after her husband dared her to. Since then, she has published nearly 70 novels and had more than 50 New York Times bestsellers.

#10 Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Charles Sparks is a novelist, screenwriter and producer. He has seventeen published novels plus one non-fiction. Eight of his romantic-drama novels have been adapted to film.