Top 10 Most Famous Authors in the World

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6. Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer, born on 24 December, 1973 in Hartford, Connecticut, is an American author and producer, best known for her vampire series, Twilight. The Twilight novels gained recognition across the globe for having sold over 100 million copies into 37 languages. Meyer was the bestselling author in the years 2008 and 2009 in America for having sold 29 million books in 2008 and 26.5 million in 2009. Twilight remained the bestseller in the US bookstores in 2008. This fame and wide acceptance of her vampire romance series ranked her #49 on Times Magazine’s list under “100 Most Influential People in 2008”. Forbes ranked her as #59 most powerful celebrities. Following the success of her first book Twilight in 2005, she went on to write the next three books- New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, which apparently gained huge success and sold over 100 million copies worldwide, even breaking the record of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle The Bard. This gave her the British Book Award and many more in the subsequent year. The Twilight series have made it to the New York Times Bestseller list for 143 weeks straight away and was on the top 4 spots in the USA Today’s year-end list in 2009 and have been made into motion pictures. Her other works include The Host, Midnight Sun, etc.

 

7. Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, was born on 15 September, 1890 in Devon, England. She was an English crime writer of novels and also wrote many plays and short stories including six romances under a different name, Mary Westmacott. She is famous for her detective novels and short crime stories which she wrote without any pseudonym most of which revolved around the characters such as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, etc, which were investigative and acclaimed great success. Initially, like most other authors, her works were being rejected but later with the publishing agency called The Bodley Head, her first novel, The Mysterious Affairs at Styles was a stepping stone in her literary career. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, she is the bestselling novelist of all time after William Shakespeare and the Bible and her works rank third as the most widely published books. According to Index Translationum, she is the most translated author having her books translated into 103 different languages. Her bestselling works include And Then There were None, The Mousetrap, Love from a Stranger, etc.

 

8. Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Howard Archer, an English author and a former politician was born on April 15, 1940 in London. Before becoming an author, he was a Member of Parliament but later he had to resign due to a financial scandal. Archer gained an academic qualification in teaching which was awarded by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education during his study for 3 years though he claims that he was not a full undergraduate at the Oxford. Later he went on to be a charity fundraiser and was also the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less was first published in the US and became a bestseller even in the UK in 1976 which also earned him enough fortune to avoid his bankruptcy. His other work, Kane and Abel reached to millions being a bestseller and also curved out a place as the number 1 bestselling book in the New York Times Bestseller list. It was also made into a television show. And Thereby Hangs a Tale, A Quiver Full of Arrows, etc. are some of his works which sold million copies all over.

 

9. Cecelia Ahern

Cecilia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern is an Irish novelist, born on September 31, 1981 Dublin, Ireland. Before she started off her career in writing. She has obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications from Griffith College, Dublin. She is a fiction writer and has started writing her first novel PS, I Love You which was published in 2004 and became an instant bestseller. It remained number 1 bestseller in Ireland (for 19 weeks) and also in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany and Netherlands. It was sold across 40 countries and more and has even adopted as a motion picture which too became a grand success. Her second book, Where Rainbow Ends too received a huge applaud becoming the number 1 bestseller across the globe and was awarded the German CORINE Award in 2005. She has even contributed to charity books and short stories such as Short and Sweet, Irish Girls are Back in Town, etc. Cecelia also co-created and produced shows like ABC and Samantha Who? Her other works include The Gift, If You Could See Me Now, and many more.

 

10. Robin Cook

Robin Cook

Dr. Robin Cook is an American physician and a novelist whose main genre is about medicine and public health. He was born on May 4, 1940 in New York City. Many of his works have a blended genre of both thriller and medical writings and so is best known for the genre of medical thriller. His books were featured in the Reader’s Digest and most of his novels have been bestsellers on the New York Times Bestseller List. Cook’s books have anticipated national controversies and in all of his novels, he basically writes about certain medical issues which the public are unaware about. Cook believes that his works are not just entertaining the readers but are actually teaching people something about the issues they are most concerned about. He started writing fiction since 1970 and his books have sold nearly 100 million copies all over. Till date, he has touched issues like organ donation, in-vitro fertilization, genetic engineering, etc. Some of his famous novels like Coma, Sphinx, and Mortal Fear have made their way into the television production featured into movies.

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