When I was the creative department manager of several top ad agencies, the part of my job that I found most rewarding was hiring creative talent. Among the 25,000 copywriters and art directors I interviewed was a talented junior copywriter with a portfolio that I critiqued. Over time, this junior writer became the Worldwide Creative Director of J. Walter Thompson, a huge advertising agency that was winning awards for Kodak, Burger King, Ford and other first-class clients. His name was James Patterson. In addition to supervising two hundred creative people and writing much of Thompson’s award-winning work, Jim Patterson wrote killer-thrillers in his spare time and developed an adrenaline-charged style that really connected with the reading public. His novels rocketed to the top of the best sellers lists every time. Years passed. Click here to read the rest of Maxine’s blog, leave a comment and enter her contest. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.