As well as assisting Aoife and Liam to write the Story Thief Chronicles, I’m currently querying a realistic children’s middle grade book with prospective agents. While taking breaks from that, I’m writing my second book, something a little more magical but also grounded in the real world.
Over the years, four of my short scripts have been chosen out of hundreds by the Film/RTE short film scheme for funding. Two other shorts have also been shortlisted for Irish Film Board short film schemes. Check out my Filmbase short ‘Before We Wake‘ which was made by Stitch Films in 2012.
I’m a former social worker and you can read the blog post I wrote about a former colleague of mine still in that field here. Previous to this I also ran a project with schools in Ireland and East Timor for the East Timor Ireland Solidarity Campaign. You can read about my experiences in East Timor here.In fact, there’s a whole pile of my old blog posts on the site that cover a range of different things from mental health to writing. Check ’em out here.
Previous to even that, I was a script editor and script reader. I trained with North by Northwest from the European MEDIA programme and at the Maurits Binger Film Instituut in Amsterdam.
Right now I’m a stay at home parent who writes while my kids are in school and I couldn’t get anything done without an internet blocker.
(By the way, one thing I am definitely not is an associate law professor in Trinity College. That’s a different Oran Doyle. I spoke to his mam coincidentally on the phone once and she seemed lovely and he seems to be doing great work so check him out here if you’re legally inclined.)
The two sayings I need to have on the desk in front of me when I write (well, really at all times) are: