NEW YORK (AP) – In Dan Brown’s latest piece of writing, you can read about his fascination with secrets and codes, his years as a struggling songwriter and novelist and his reaction to the explosive success of “The Da Vinci Code.”
It’s a 69-page, unofficial memoir from an author who has rarely spoken to the media since his novel became an international sensation, a document intended not for reporters or general readers but for the officials of a British courtroom…As outlined by Brown, “The Da Vinci Code” was a balance of passion and discipline, scholarship and calculation. He noted a basic formula: Find a “big theme,” structure it, research it and write it, a process that usually takes two years.
The son of an agnostic father and religious mother, Brown had long been torn between faith and logic and saw Leonardo Da Vinci as an ideal embodiment of his conflict. At the same time, Brown had an awareness of the kind of story that would appeal to the public.