Dan Brown, author of Angels and Demons, will be in town to promote his latest novel-to-movie thriller, The Hokie Stone Angel.
The story follows a middle-aged, handsome academic, Brock Faulkner, who leads by-the-hand a younger female colleague as the pair search the mysteries inscribed in a tablet unearthed from the school's Hokie stone quarry, a quarry run by the secretive Hokie stonemasons.
"Brock's love interest is a conflicted woman, an orphan and single mother, who runs from explosions really well in high heels," said Brown.
"Also, I envision plenty of exotic locals, such as the campus duck pond and the town's Huckleberry Trail, for an A-list director to salivate over,” added Brown, doodling a series of zeros the sale of the movie rights will bring him.
When asked if he is writing a novel or a screenplay, Brown quickly snapped out of his Hollywood stupor.
“Novel! This is a New York Times bestseller, first and foremost,” said Brown. “After all, I am a screenwriter, not a novelist. Wait...just reverse what I just said. Okay?”
The author is considering a new moniker for his Hokie novel: “Dan Maroon. I think that's better than Dan Orange. The color brown looks maroon," said Brown.
* Hokie stonemason from 1889