I was sitting in class the other day, reading out one of my stories to a (very patient) group of fellow students. It's fascinating when people really listen to your writing. And illuminating when you start to lose them! That's when you realise what needs to be fixed in a story. I'm trying to make sure that I read all of my creative writing aloud nowadays. You can hear the imperfections so much more easily when you do.
I remember reading several James Patterson novels a couple of years ago. They were well-written, engaging page-turners. But I hadn't realised just how popular and prolific is!