Here are some interesting facts about Dan Brown, author of ‘The Da Vinci Code’, Angels and Demons, Inferno and many others. The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons were turned into successful movies starring Tom Hanks.
1. Inspired by Sydney Sheldon
Dan Brown was inspired to write a book after reading The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sydney Sheldon. Call it destiny, Brown found a copy of the book laying on a beach while he was on a vacation in Tahiti.
2. Tried his hand at Music
Before becoming a writer Dan Brown had tried his luck at music and released some albums. Interestingly, one of his albums was titled Angels and Demons, a title he used later for one of his books.
3. Dan Brown Never Takes a Day off
Dan Brown is a wealthy man who earns millions through his books, yet he never takes a day off. Dan Brown gets up every morning at 4 A.M and writes seven days a week. During Christmas everyone gets a break, but not if you are Dan Brown. The author never deviates from his writing routine even during Christmas.
4. One of the Most Popular Author in the World
Dan Brown’s most successful book, The DaVinci Code has sold more than 81 million copies worldwide. Brown is credited with a combined sale of over 200 million copies of his books. His novels have been translated into 54 languages.
5. One of the Richest Authors in the World
In 2005 Dan Brown was reported to have earned $76.5 million from his writing alone. The same year he was listed in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list. His net worth is reported to be over $120 million USD.
6. Hates Novels!
Despite being a novelist Dan Brown dislikes reading fiction and finds it difficult to get through a novel.
7. Dan Brown’s House is Built Like a Puzzle
Dan Brown lives in his $10 million house in New Hampshire. The house is a lot like his novels with plenty of secret doorways and passageways. The office in which Dan Brown writes his novels is hidden behind a painting, pressing a button on the painting leads you into his office.
The house features a magnificent library which has copies of all his books in every language that they have been translated into. Dan Brown calls his library the ‘Fortress of Gratitude’. As you must have guessed it, the library has lots of secret doors and passageways.
8. Not Rated High by Critics
Despite his astonishing commercial success, Dan Brown is not rated high by critics. British author Salman Rushdie described Brown’s most popular book The Da Vinci Code as “a book so bad that it makes bad books look good”.
9. Push Ups Every Hour
Dan Brown takes a break every hour from writing to do push ups! He keeps an antique hourglass on his desk, so that he can take a brief break every hour to do push-ups, sit-ups and stretching exercises.
10. Dan Brown’s Strange Cure for Writers Block
Like most authors Dan Brown says he suffers from writing block. To deal with this he just hangs himself upside down in his house using a piece of equipment and gravity boots.
This unusual technique known as inversion therapy is said to improve concentration and memory by increasing the amount of blood flow to the brain. Actress Rosie O’Donnell is also reported to be a fan of this relaxation technique (Dailymail)
Hanging upside down seems to help me solve plot challenges by shifting my entire perspective – Dan Brown Quotes