The brazilian author Paulo Coelho was born in 1947 in the city of Rio De Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, Paulo Coelho did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, coelho published The Alchemist.

✦ He was the first author on planet to make his books available for free over internet.

✦ He is very timid person and hates to speak in front of audience or public.

✦ Paulo Coelho practices Kyudo, a form of archery.