Ami asked Dan Brown:

Looking at your Goodreads bookshelves, it seems that you read a lot of nonfiction. Do you find that reading nonfiction books helps to inspire ideas for your novels?

Dan Brown By all means, I find reading non-fiction very inspirational. In fact, I never start outlining a new book until I’ve read as much as possible about the locations and themes that I intend to employ. Of course, while I’m researching one set of ideas, I invariably learn about others and am inspired to include them whenever possible. In this way, reading nonfiction becomes a crucial part of my research and inspiration.
Dan Brown

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