Lincoln Child Biography


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Douglas J. Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956 and grew up in Wellesley. Douglas and his two brothers, Richard and David, lived a rough-and-tumble boy’s life, losing fingertips and teeth with joyous abandon and entertaining various friends and neighbors. Douglas attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and studied a wide range of subjects before he eventually settled on a major in English literature. After graduation, Preston worked with the Museum of Natural History in New York City as editor, writer, and director of special events. He also freelanced, writing articles about the progress of the museum, and taught writing at Princeton.

Luckily, he gave in to an invitation to write about the museum in Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History (1985). The invitation to write was extended by a young editor at St. Martin’s Press named Lincoln Child. Preston took Child for a midnight tour of the museum, and that experience became the basis for Relic (1995). In 1986, Preston moved to Santa Fe, where after a period of time, he wrote Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado (1992) and became interested in the history and legends of the southwest. Preston later moved to the coast of Maine. He and his wife, Christine, have three children. Like Agent Pendergast, Preston claims kinship with a number of famous and infamous relatives.

Lincoln B. Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, in 1957. Although his family moved away before he reached his first birthday, he still regards it as his hometown. He acquired an interest in writing early on and majored in English in college. After graduation he secured a job as an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press, where he worked his way up to full editor. He worked on more than a hundred books and collected several anthologies of ghost tales that more or less established a horror division at the press. In 1987, Child left St. Martin’s and went to work doing highly technical computer jobs. After Relic was a success, he quit his job. He settled in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. A list of his interests would parallel those of Agent Pendergast—probably because Lincoln firmly believes in that bit of writer’s advice to write about what one knows.