Brendan Gerad O'Brien was born in Tralee, on the west coast of Ireland and now lives in Wales with his wife Jennifer and daughters Shelly and Sarah.
As a child he spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry, where his uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness maker's shop, which, sadly, is long gone now.
The shop was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that Brendan's love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered in for a chat and bit of jovial banter.
Most of the ideas for the stories in the collection Dreamin' Dreams originated there, and some are based on actual real character - though Brendan would never admit it, simply because he couldn't afford the ensuing litigation ...
Also by this author: Dark September, Gallows Field