Top 10 Most Famous Authors in the World

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So ready to finally let go of your excitement by getting yourself to the bookstore and buy another piece of your favourite author’s latest novel? Is not that what all the reading fanatics do? I remember the last time I went in search of a book of one of my favourite authors and had gone haywire when I could not find that in any of the bookstore. I was depressed. I am sure most of you do have a passion to get a complete collection of your favourite author. Now the basic question is, can everybody become an author as famous as the ones you prefer? Well, not everybody has got the talent. It requires skill and talent to be able to write well and communicate your thought processes through your words. Writing is a form of an art which invokes one’s inner feelings and to do so, they need to have a good vocabulary to explain precisely what they mean in the most coherent manner. Most writers seem to be keen thinkers and observers who absorb their surrounding and pour it in words. You, being a reader, must also know that not every author got success in an instant. Most of the authors initially had to face rejection from the publishing agencies before their books made it up to the notch and go on becoming a bestseller. But their passion to accomplish something did not just fade away in the dark in the face of rejection. Most of them did not hanker after commercial success. They just wrote because that is what they loved and in the process gained both name and fame. Their works have contributed a lot in the society. They have, in a way, made a great impact not only in the literary world but also in the lives of their readers. Let it be a work of fiction or non-fiction, they do not fail to stir strong emotions within us either of happiness, sadness or amusement, so on and so forth. Not only this, they are a true inspiration to many writers who aspire to be on among them in the future. Check out the list of some of the famous authors below who have left a mark in the literary kingdom and continue doing so even today.


1. Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel, born on 14 August, 1947, is an American novelist who is claimed to be the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, having sold more than 800 million copies. She has published several books a year and all of her novels have been bestsellers with a basic mainstream theme that includes the rich families being surrounded by jail, frauds, etc. She has even contributed to Child fiction and poetry including raising funds for the mentally ill people. Out of her books, 22 have been adopted for films and two have received Golden Globe nominations. Her works were sold into 28 languages. She used to write freelance articles in magazines after which she took up writing books and in 1972, she published her first novel, Going Home. All of her novels delve the issues like suicide, incest, divorce, etc. and she has gradually evolved as one of the best fiction writers of all time with a tough base for her works sidetracking from romance to suspense. Although her books have been criticized for being redundant and detailed, her fan base is extremely strong making her atop the charts. Her works include, Going Home, Now and Forever, Lightning, A Perfect Stranger, etc.


2. Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Charles Sparks was born on 31 December, 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is an American author, screenwriter and producer and specializes in the romantic genre. Most of his works are fictitious except for one. Till date, he wrote as many as 17 novels all of which are bestsellers and some of them have been promoted to motion pictures such as Message in a Bottle, Save Haven, A Walk to Remember, etc. He has written two unpublished books while still in school, namely, The Passing and The Royal Murders. In 1990, he co-wrote a book called Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-understanding along with Billy Mills and got it published, selling almost 50,000 copies. In later years, he wrote a book, Notebook, which was later found out by a literary agent Theresa Park. She liked it and got it published in 1996, making it the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of release. After his first success, he went on to write other novels such as The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Dear John, etc. His latest work, The Longest Ride, will be released on 24th September, 2013.


3. Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon, born on February 11, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, was an Academy Award winning American writer. He was indulged 20 years into TV works after which he took up writing his bestselling novels such as The Rage of Angels, Master of the Game, etc. He is regarded as the seventh bestselling fiction author of all time. Sheldon was a Broadway Stage musical writer and also collaborated with the MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures as a screenplay writer after which he earned fame as a prolific writer and was assigned to write for a Hollywood picture, The Bachelor and Bobby-Soxer. This got him the Academy Award for best original screenplay in 1947. He created, wrote and produced the series of I Dream of Jeannie which was a hit back then. Eventually after that, he started to get inclined towards writing novels and his first book, Naked Face, earned him a nomination for the Edgar Allen Poe Award in the category of ’best first novel’. His second novel, The Other Side of Midnight, reached to #1 in the list of New York Times Bestseller and so did most of his books. Some of them have even made it to films. He wrote a total of 18 novels all of which contains the same genre- crime and suspense with female protagonist and his books have sold over 300 million copies.


4. Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, born on 24 August, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a Brazilian novelist and lyricist. He is the most widely read authors in the present times and has received many international awards including the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He set off to write his first novel, Hell Archives, which was a failure. But that didn’t turn him down. His pilgrimage to Santiago in 1986 made him to write his next novel, The Pilgrimage. Later, he went on to write The Alchemist, which was being published by a small Brazilian publishing house selling only 900 copies at the inception. Coelho later found out a bigger publishing agency and with his publication of Brida, The Alchemist made a bestseller in Brazil, selling over 65 million copies and becoming a bestselling book in history. This novel is translated into 71 languages which made it into the Guinness Book of World Records being the most translated book by a living author. Following the grand success of The Alchemist, Coelho started to write one book every two years and has sold over 150 million copies in over 150 countries across. He has published 30 books, to date, along with his essays and columns. Some of his works are The Valkyries, Eleven Minutes, The Winner Stands Alone, etc.


5. J.K. Rowling

J K Rowling

J. K. Rowling, born on 31 July, 1965, in Yate, England, is a British novelist who is best known for the Harry Potter series. The Potter books have received worldwide fame and attention, getting lots of awards and have sold over 400 million copies. They are the bestselling fiction books in the history and the attuned films series have been the highest-grossing film series in history. Before becoming an author, she was initially working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International and later conceived the thought of writing the Harry Potter series in 1990. Her first novel of the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) was bestseller for many weeks and her last book of the series being the, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows(2007) won millions of heart after which Rowling has parted with her agency and joined adult writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling in 2013. She is ranked as the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom, her annual budget being $798 million. She has received multiple awards for the Potter series and has been tagged under many bestselling lists including “Most Influential Woman in Britain” by leading magazines.


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