Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.
Somebody who’s a terrific writer who’s been very, very successful is Jodi Picoult. You’ve got Dean Koontz, who can write like hell. And then sometimes he’s just awful. It varies. James Patterson is a terrible writer but he’s very very successful.
I can't say I disagree (Is Patterson even writing his books anymore?), but I'm surprised that he would say that in an interview. He's always talking about authors that he likes, and he is all about helping new authors. This is the first time I've heard him say something so negative. If you're ready for some internet drama, read the comments on the post.
Update about Patterson – It is a matter of opinion whether he writes the books or not. He writes an outline, and a collaborator writes the novel. To me, that's not enough involvement from an author for me to bother reading. An article about it is here. I had to search for it because I thought I had read something like it before. He's just a brand at this point.