Dan Brown

Who hasn’t heard of the great Dan Brown. In 2003 he blew our minds with The Da Vinci Code and gave the treasure hunt and adventure genre a whole new turn.

Daniel Gerhard “Dan” Brown is born on June 22 1964, in Exeter, New Hampshire. His father was a mathematics teacher, and both his mother and his father were singers and musicians.

His interest in puzzles and secrets came to be because those things were not unusual in his home. When he was young, he spent hours working out anagrams and crossword puzzles. Also, his father organized treasure hunts for him and his siblings on their birthdays and holidays.

After graduating, he dabbled with a musical career, self-producing a children’s cassette. It sold a few hundred copies, and then he formed his own record company, Dalliance. In 1991, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career as a songwriter and pianist. He also joined the National Academy of Songwriters, and this is where he met his wife, Blythe Newlon.

In 1994 Dan Brown released a CD titled Angels & Demons, and the artwork was the same ambigram which was later used for the novel.

The inspiration to become a writer came to him while he was reading The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon. He then started working on Digital Fortress. He also wrote  a humor book with his wife, 187 Men to Avoid, under the pseudonym Danielle Brown.

In 1996, he quit his job to become a full-time writer. Digital Fortress was published in 1998. Later, in 2000 he published Angels & Demons, presenting to us the well known Robert Langdon.

But, it was The Da Vinci Code that made him a best selling author. It was published in 2003 and is now one of the most popular books with 81 million copies sold worldwide!

Character’s in Brown’s books are often named after real people in his life. Robert Langdon for example, is named after John Langdon, the artist who created the ambigrams used for the Angels & Demons novel.

In the late 2016, Brown revealed that his next book is due September, 2017. The title will probably be Origin, and it’s going to include the famous Robert Langdon.


Full bibliography

Robert Langdon books:

  • Angel & Demons (2000)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2003)
  • The Lost Symbol (2009)
  • Inferno (2013)

Standalone novels:

  • Digital Fortress (1998)
  • Deception Point (2001)