By Erin Collazo Miller, About.com Guide
Although Dan Brown has not released a book in more than four years, he is still one of the hottest authors of the decade.
Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark is the master of psychological thrillers.
Michael Crichton, who was best known for his suspenseful science fiction, died of cancer in 2008. Crichton published 25 novels and four nonfiction books. His books were often cautionary tales about complex systems breaking down.
- Michael Crichton Bio
- Complete List of Michael Crichton's Books
- Complete List of Michael Crichton Movies
Janet Evanovich combines mystery and romance to create fast paced novels with a loyal fan base.
- Janet Evanovich Bio
- Janet Evanovich Book List
- New & Upcoming Janet Evanovich Releases
- What is the Best Janet Evanovich Book?
John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, although he has broadened his writing in recent years.
Stephen King is known as the master of horror for his books and the countless TV and film adaptations that have arisen from them.
- Stephen King Bio
- New & Upcoming Stephen King Releases
- Stephen King Book List
- Stephen King Movie List
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Sophie Kinsella is a pseudonym used by Madeleine Wickham to write chick lit. Kinsella became famous with Confessions of a Shopaholic, and continues to thrill fans with light, funny books.
- Sophie Kinsella Biography
- New & Upcoming Sophie Kinsella Books
- Sophie Kinsella Book List
- Sophie Kinsella Movies
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Stephenie Meyer started by writing young adult fiction, but her books have become a phenomenon with people of all ages.
- Stephenie Meyer Biography
- New & Upcoming Stephenie Meyer Releases
- Stephenie Meyer Book List
- Stephenie Meyer Movies
- 'Twilight' Book Review
James Patterson releases more fast-paced thrillers per year than almost any other author. He has become a franchise.
- James Patterson Bio
- New & Upcoming James Patterson Releases
- James Patterson Book List
- You’ve Been Warned Book Information
Jodi Picoult published her first book in 1992, and has published about one book every year since then. Picoult's books usually deal with ethical issues and are told from a variety of viewpoints, with each chapter written in a different character's voice. Picoult uses this technique to show multiple sides of a situation and underscore areas of moral ambiguity.
Nora Roberts is one of the most prolific writers alive today, and her fans swear the romance just keeps getting better.
- Nora Roberts Bio
- New & Upcoming Nora Roberts Releases
- Nora Roberts Book List
- High Noon Book Information
Nicholas Sparks' romance novels have made him popular. He is known for stories with Christian themes and sad twists.
Danielle Steel is a romance author with almost as much drama in her personal life as her novels!