Browne was raised in Litchfield County, Connecticut. He attended the University of New Mexico, The Sorbonne and Columbia University, where he won several literary awards.[vague] His first novel, It's All Zoo, was written while he was living in Paris and working as a fashion photographer. His bestselling novels include 11 Harrowhouse,Green Ice, 19 Purchase Street, Stone 588, and Hot Siberian, several of which have been made into films. He lives in [San Diego, California] with his wife, Merle, a model and actress, as well as the co-author of a novel entitled The Ravishers.