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Danielle

also known as Danielle Brown

journalist , musician , novelist , Producer , writer

Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels and Demons.

He formed his own record company called Dalliance, and in 1990 self-published a CD entitled Perspective, targeted to the adult market, which sold a few hundred copies.

Background

Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, a decidedly up-market school where his father was employed as a math teacher. His mother, Constance, was a professional musician principally involved in performing sacred music.

He spent hours as a young boy working on anagrams and crosswords; his fascination with games and puzzles inspired the style and themes of his writing.

His first novel was Digital Fortress. In his next, Angels & Demons, Brown introduced "professor of symbology" Robert Langdon. Brown returned to Langdon with The Da Vinci Code which proved immensely popular and sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

Education

Phillips Exeter Academy is an exclusive boarding school, which required new teachers to live on campus for several years, so Brown and his siblings were literally raised at the school. There was no television, and the social environment was mostly Christian. Brown sang in the church choir, attended Sunday school, and spent summers at church camp. As Brown was raised on a prep school campus, he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion.

His father was a mathematics instructor in the same school.

Even though Dan Brown attended open-enrollment schools, till he entered 9th grade, he nevertheless lived with his family and also pro-actively took part in college related activities, which were also influenced greatly by Christian norms and traditions; such as singing carols in the Church and going to College Camp.

Educationally, Brown completed his formal education from Philips Exeter Academy after which he enrolled himself at the Amherst College.

Brown then attended Amherst College, graduating with a degree in English and Spanish in 1986 and spent several subsequent years attempting to establish himself as a singer-songwriter and pianist with only marginal success.

He was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. During these years he played squash and also sang in the Amherst Glee Club.

In 1985, Brown went to Seville Spain, to do an art history course from the University of Seville.

Career

Moving out from college, Brown took up music as his career option. He started creating effects with a synthesizer and also released a children’s cassette entitled SynthAnimals. The record included tracks like ‘Happy frogs’ and ‘Suzuki Elephants’. The cassette acclaimed decent success, selling about a few hundred copies.

The success of SynthAnimals lead Brown to form his own record company called Dalliance. In 1990, he came up with his self-published CD, ‘Perspective’. Unlike his previous release, his second album targeted the youth. It too sold a few hundred copies.

In 1991, Brown relocated to Hollywood to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter and pianist. However, since his musical career was not shaping up the way he assumed it would, for a steady income and some financial help, Dan took up the profession of teaching Spanish at Beverley Hills Preparatory School; in order to get a steady income. He also met his lady love, Blythe Newlon over there, who was actually twelve years his senior and served as the Artistic Director of the National Academy of Songwriters. With the development of their relationship, Newlon used the power of her position to promote Dan’s career. However, it so happened that despite Brown’s talent, four of his music CD’s were produced and backers started speaking of him as the next Barry Manilow.

Therefore during the year of 1993, he decided to return back to England and managed to get an English teaching job at Phillips Exeter Academy. Newlon also accompanied him.

In 1997, Dan Brown came out with his first thriller, Digital Fortress. He went on to write Angels and Demons and Deception Point. His masterpiece, The Da Vinci Code was published in March 2003 and sold nearly 6000 copies on its very first day and reached the New York Times’ Best Seller List in its very first week.

Like ‘Angels & Demons’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’, Robert Langdon was the central character for Brown’s next novel, ‘The Lost Symbol’. Published in 2009, the book sold over one million in hardcover and e-book versions in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada, prompting the printing of 600,000 hardcover copies in addition to the five million first printing. EDIT

Released in 2013, ‘Inferno’ is the latest book from the camp of Dan Brown. Like its predecessors, the book also has Robert Langdon as the protagonist. ‘Inferno’ raced to the top spot at the book charts in the US and the UK, selling 580,000 copies in its first two weeks alone.

Novels:

Digital Fortress, 1998

Angels & Demons, 2000

Deception Point, 2001

The Da Vinci Code, 2003

The Lost Symbol, 2009

Inferno, 2013

CDs:

SynthAnimals, a children's album

Perspective, 1990, Dalliance. Music CD

Dan Brown, 1993, DBG Records

Angels & Demons, 1994, DBG Records

Musica Animalia, 2003, a children's CD comprising 15 tracks songs portraying animals in poem & song. Proceeds benefited for the Families First charity.

Humor writing:

187 Men to Avoid: A Survival Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman, 1995, Berkley Publishing Group (co-written with his wife under the pseudonym Danielle Brown).

The Bald Book, 1998, co-written with his wife Blythe Brown.

Achievements

  • Achievement  of Dan Brown

    Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

    His novels are written in a real time format, and are set over the course of 24 to 48 hours.

    All his books begin with assassinations

    Dan Brown was listed by Forbes magazine at No. 12 on their 2005 "Celebrity 100" list.

    In 2005, Dan Brown made it at Time magazines list of the 100 most influential people of the year.

    Actor Tom Hanks starred in the 2006 film adaptation of Brown's popular novel, The Da Vinci Code.

    In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $10 million.

Works

Religion

Brown was raised an Episcopalian, but now seems to be more of a Deist.

"I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the more questions I have. For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long work in progress."

Politics

This guy is about as non-political as it gets, which is particularly confusing since his books often involve elaborate political/religious conspiracy theories.

Views

Brown's view of knowledge is absolutely foundational. He says, 'I wasn't really sure where to turn. Where science offered exciting proofs of its claims, where there were photos, equations and visible evidence, religion was a lot more demanding. I had to accept everything on faith. As I'm sure you're aware faith takes a fair amount of effort – especially as a young child; especially in an imperfect world. So as a boy I graduated towards the solid foundations of science.'

Dan Brown thinks that science is easy to trust and depend on (at least at first glance), and 'faith' or religious knowledge is much harder to accept and approach.

Quotations: "Religion has only one true enemy--apathy--and passionate debate is a superb antidote".

"Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power."

"There's a lot of stress... but once you get in the car, all that goes out the window."

"I learned early on not to listen to either critique - the people who love you or the people who don't like you."

"I've been through a lot. I've thought a lot about life, and I've spent a lot of time studying history and science."

"I write slowly. I actually write quickly, but I throw out so much material."

"It's not about what you tell the reader, it's about what you conceal."

"If I'm not at my desk by 4:00 a.m., I feel like I'm missing my most productive hours. In addition to starting early, I keep an antique hourglass on my desk and every hour break briefly to do push-ups, sit-ups, and some quick stretches. I find this helps keep the blood and ideas flowing."

Personality

Zodiac Sign - Cancer

Build - Average

Height - 5 ft 9 in or 175 cm

Weight - 68 kg or 150 lbs

Hair Color - Golden Brown

Eye Color - Blue

  • “"His novels are like high-stakes, 500-page Mad Libs; a reader doesn’t have to worry that it will be a fun ride, just that the adverbs and proper nouns will line up in a way that honors the art form… "

    When it comes to Dan Brown, Harrison fulfills his assignment to review his Inferno, but he clearly doesn’t much like the book, which he calls an “astonishingly bad novel.”

    "The tall writer began to analyze the blockbusting novel using his close knowledge of conceptology, the famous discipline about thoughts. He saw instantly that the stout book was brilliantly engineered. Its vivid paragraphs were short. Its establishing shots were cinematic. It repeated adjectives and explanatory phrases from one paragraph to the next, perhaps to jog the dulled short-term memory of the tired long-haul flier. It made art and poetry seem glamorous, and mixed them with luxury tourism and scenic chases."”

Interests

  • Writers

    William Shakespeare, John Steinbeck and Robert Ludlum.

  • Artists

    Leonardo da Vinci

  • Sport & Clubs

    Squash, tennis, Singing & Songwriting

  • Other Interests

    Anagrams and crossword puzzles

  • Music & Bands

    singer Franco de Vita, The Gipsy Kings, Sarah Mclachlan, and Deva Premal.

Connections

Dan Brown and Blythe – they have no children – live on a large, guarded estate in his native New Hampshire.

father:
Richard G. Brown - United States - teacher
Richard G. Brown - father of Dan Brown

Richard G. Brown was a teacher of mathematics at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Richard G. Brown in his day had also been a 'best seller' having written the celebrated (in relevant circles) mathematics textbook Advanced Mathematics: Precalculus with Discrete Mathematics and Data Analysis. His abilities as a teacher of math had even led to his being awarded the "Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching" by President George H. W. Bush.

mother:
Constance (Connie) - United States - organist , singer
Constance (Connie) - mother of Dan Brown

Constance was a professional musician principally involved in performing sacred music.

wife:
Blythe Newlon - United States - director , art historian , writer
Blythe Newlon - wife of Dan Brown

Blythe Brown was born in 1952. She wrote The Bald book. Her current occupation is writer. Blythe started helping Brown to promote his career using the power of her position.

Brother:
Gregory Brown - United States
Gregory Brown - Brother of Dan Brown

Dan Brown and his siblings donated $2.2 million to the Phillips Exeter Academy in 2004 establishing the "Richard G. Brown Technology Endowment", to help "provide computers and high-tech equipment for students in need" to honor their father, who had taught there for 35 years.

(In 2005 Phillips Exeter Academy had the largest endowment of any secondary school in the United States, with a market value of $706 million).

sister:
Valerie Brown - United States