Dean Koontz is a renowned American writer who has been known for writing suspense thrillers. He has some of his popular work being The Door to December as well as The Odd Thomas in which his novels became one of the best sellers in the New York Times. He has been known to make sales of about more than 450 million copies. Now, let’s have a close look at the net worth of Dean Koontz in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Dean Koontz was born on 9th July 1945 Everett, Pennsylvania. He was born to his parents known as Raymond Koontz together with Florence. He was raised by a very alcoholic father who used to abuse him as well as beat him which as a result which is one of the causes which influenced him in writing later in his life.
He was raised in Bedford through which in his childhood he was an avid reader as well as had much interest in watching films. He completed his schooling from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a degree in English.
Dean Koontz tied knots with Gerda Ann Cerra in the year 1966 who they have been living together happily.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Dean Koontz commenced his career through working as a teacher in which he worked in the Mechanicsburg School which is located in Pennsylvania. In addition to this, he also worked in the Appalachian Poverty Program which was a initiative for offering assistance in helping the poor children.
He then got to his professional career in the year 1968 in which he wrote his first novel with Ace books which was known as Star Quest. It was a great success and after this, he then had his second novel known as Beastchild which got listed in the Hugo Award Nomination. This gave him much inspiration in writing more books.
Following the inspiration he received, he has been able to publish many books which have been translated into 38 different languages and made a sale of more than 450 million. Of the books he has written, 16 books have been on the first position in the Paper Back making him to be referred by the Rolling Stone as the America’s most popular suspense Novelist.
He got his inspiration from his dog known as Trixie in writing Christmas is Good and after the pet had passed away in 2007, he wrote another book known as ‘The Darkest Evening of the Year’ that involved a woman running a retriever rescue home meant for dogs. In addition to this, he has been featured as an actor on different television series and movies such as; Sole Survivor, Frankenstein, the Odd Thomas, Phantoms, Black River and Mr Murder. He has won the World Fantasy award in 1986 and World Horror Grandmaster ward in 1996.
Net Worth & Earnings
Dean Koontz has an estimated net worth of $160 million. This comes from the fortunate earnings he has made all through his successful career which have given him many earnings. Much of his earnings come from the sale of his books in which he has been among the best sellers having sold more than $450 million copies.
Dean Koontz remained passionate even after facing many struggles through trying to get in the writing career. His wife known Gerda, contributed highly to his success through which she would always encourage him to the point of quitting her job so as to support his husband.