THE AUTHOR WITH THE SECRET TOUCH
Paulo Coelho, 71, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before making writing his full-time profession, he directed plays and worked as an actor, a lyricist as well as a journalist. However, a year after his pilgrimage to saint James of Compostela (1986), Paulo published The Alchemist that went on to become a bestseller, though initially the sales were so slow that his first publisher contemplated dropping the novel! Coelho is very active on Twitter and Facebook and puts up regular blog posts. Few people may know that his political activism has landed him in prison three times!