In the summer of 2001, Eoin Colfer was a teacher in Ireland who had just finished up a book called Artemis Fowl -- about a boy in search of fairy gold. Colfer struck gold himself when his high-tech fairy tale starring the intrepid 12-year old "criminal mastermind" became a blockbuster bestseller that many considered to be the heir apparent to Harry Potter.
Eoin Colfer is a former elementary school teacher whose Artemis Fowl series has become an international bestseller. He is also the author of The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List, and the New York Times bestseller The Supernaturalist.He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
Author biography courtesy of Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children.
Good To Know
Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Colfer:
"My original ambition was to be a comic book artist. I would still love to write a comic one day."
"I have a real hatred of queues. If I see a queue of more than four people, I will leave the building and come back another day."
"I have four brothers and they are the inspiration for several of the sprites and gremlins in my books."
"I did a parachute jump recently and loved it. I would definitely take it up as a hobby if we had more clear sky over here in Ireland."
"I am a big theatre fan, and I go as often as possible with my wife. I actually started out in the theatre, writing plays for my actor friends."