Maxine Paetro: Biography

Maxine Paetro

Maxine Paetro is primarily a novelist, but is also famous for her non-fiction work, How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising. This book, which she first published in 1979, received its fourth revision in 2010 and has been described as the advertising industry bible. Among her novels are eleven that are part of the Women’s Murder Club series (published between 2005 and 2015). All are co-written with James Patterson and all are New York Times #1 best-sellers.

Paetro also co-wrote the both Jack Morgan series (2010, 2012, 2015), and Confessions series (2012, 2013) with Patterson. Her other novels include Manshare (1986), Baby Dreams (1989), Windfall (1991), and Swimsuit (2009, with Patterson). Swimsuit was also a New Your Times #1 bestseller. Paetro has written one biography, entitled Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee (1993).

Prior to her success as a novelist, from 1975 through 1987 Paetro worked as a recruiter and EVP creative department manager at several large advertising agencies in New York City. She credits the high pressure environment of these jobs as providing her with a great foundation as a writer. She met James Patterson when she was an employment agent and he was looking for his first job as a copywriter in advertising.

Married to the CEO of Manhattan Bridge consulting company, John A. Duffy, Maxine Paetro also enjoys gardening. Her garden, named Broccoli Hall, has been featured in mane national magazines, including House and Garden, and is on the Garden Conservancy Open Days Program.