Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, which he
still calls his hometown (despite the fact that he left the
place before he reached his first birthday and now only
goes back for weekends).
Lincoln seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as
early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled
Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost).
Along with two dozen short stories composed during his
youth, he wrote a science-fiction novel in tenth grade
called Second Son of Daedalus and a shamelessly
Tolkeinesque fantasy in twelfth grade titled The Darkness
to the North (left unfinished at 400 manuscript pages).
Both are exquisitely embarrassing to read today and are
kept under lock and key by the author.
After a childhood that is of interest only to himself,
Lincoln graduated from Carleton College (huh?) in
Northfield, Minnesota, majoring in English. Discovering a
fascination for words, and their habit of turning up in so
many books, he made his way to New York in the summer of
1979, intent on finding a job in publishing. He was lucky
enough to secure a position as editorial assistant at St.
Over the next several years, he clawed his way up the
editorial hierarchy, moving to assistant editor to
associate editor before becoming a full editor in 1984.
While at St. Martin's, he was associated with the work of
many authors, including that of James Herriot and M. M.
Kaye. He edited well over a hundred books--with titles as
diverse as The Notation of Western Music and Hitler's
Rocket Sites--but focused primarily on American and English
While at St. Martin's, Lincoln assembled several
collections of ghost and horror stories, beginning with the
hardcover collections Dark Company (1984) and Dark Banquet
(1985). Later, when he founded the company's mass-market
horror division, he edited three more collections of ghost
stories, Tales of the Dark 1-3.
In 1987, Lincoln left trade publishing to work at MetLife.
In a rather sudden transition, he went from editing
manuscripts, speaking at sales conferences, and
wining/dining agents to doing highly technical programming
and systems analysis. Though the switch might seem bizarre,
Lincoln was a propeller-head from a very early age, and his
extensive programming experience dates back to high school,
when he worked with DEC minis and the now-prehistoric IBM
1620, so antique it actually had an electric typewriter
mounted into its front panel. Away from the world of
publishing, Lincoln's own nascent interests in writing
returned. While at MetLife, Relic was published, and within
a few years Lincoln had left the company to write full
time. He now lives in New Jersey (under protest--just
kidding) with his wife and daughter.
A dilettante by natural inclination, Lincoln's interests
include: pre-1950s literature and poetry; post-1950s
popular fiction; playing the piano, various MIDI
instruments, and the 5-string banjo; English and American
history; motorcycles; architecture; classical music, early
jazz, blues, and R&B; exotic parrots; esoteric programming
languages; mountain hiking; bow ties; Italian suits;
fedoras; archaeology; and multiplayer deathmatching.