John Brown (American author)

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John D. Brown
Author John Brown
Born John D. Brown
Occupation writer
Nationality USA
Genre Thrillers, Epic Fantasy

John D. Brown is an American author who writes thrillers and epic fantasy.[1]

Early years

Brown was born in Utah and spent many years working in the family floral and nursery business. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Netherlands and Belgium and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Masters degree in Accountancy.[1] After college Brown worked as a business consultant and instructor in Livermore, California and Westerville, Ohio.[1] He current lives in Laketown, Utah, a ranching environment that inspired one of the core ideas in his debut novel.[2]


Brown explored writing as a student at BYU, studying with Darrell Spencer, Leslie Norris, Bruce Jorgensen, and Peter Macuck. After attending a transformational writing workshop offered by Dave Wolverton, he began to submit his stories for publication. In 1996 he won a quarterly first prize in the annual Writers of the Future contest and published his first piece of fiction. His short story "The Scent of Desire" appeared in the contest's 1997 anthology of winners under the pseudonym Bo Griffin.[3]

Brown focused much of his time from 1997 - 2002 establishing his career as a business consultant and instructor. In 2002 he attended his second pivotal workshop: Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp.[1] After that workshop, Brown began to turn again to writing for publication, this time focusing on novels.

In 2007 he signed with his agent Caitlin Blasdell[4] and in 2008 he signed a three-book contract with Tor Books for an epic fantasy series which begins with Servant of a Dark God.[5]

While building his writing career Brown continues to work as a senior instructor with a large ERP software company.



  • Bad Penny. 2013. ISBN 978-1-9404-2705-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Epic Fantasy

  • Servant of a Dark God. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7653-2235-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Servant: The Dark God Book 1. 2013. ISBN 978-1-9404-2703-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Curse: The Dark God Book 2. 2014. ISBN 978-1-9404-2708-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Raveler: The Dark God Book 3. 2014. ISBN 978-1-9404-2710-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Short stories



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 John Brown. "The Man: In which the author relates delightful facts and experiences from his past". Retrieved 2010-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (an autobiography from the author's official website)
  2. Fulda, Nancy. "Codex Blog Tour: John Brown". Retrieved 22 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Contest Winners: 1997". Writers of the Future. Author Services Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  4. McCormick, Casey. "Agent Spotlight: Caitlin Blasdell". Retrieved 22 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Ian Randal Strock. "John Brown sells "Dark God" trilogy to Tor". SFScope. Retrieved 2010-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "1997 Hubbard Writers/Illustrators of the Future". Locus. Retrieved 2010-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Whitney Awards honor Wolverton, Lund". Mormon Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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