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Cork Profile: Sean O'Driscoll

Friday, 24th November, 2017 10:54am

Name and position: Sean O’Driscoll, Writer

Age: 44

Lives: Red Barn, Youghal

Family: Wife, three children

Pets: One dog

Favourite thing about Cork: It’s big enough to have all the stores but small enough to get anywhere quickly.

Least favourite thing about Cork: Parking during the run up to Christmas; there is never enough, even with the multi-story carparks in the city. 

One thing you’d change about Cork; The River Lee, it has never been utilized as other rivers in other countries have been.

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown up?

After getting over the fact that cowboys no longer existed and Indians were, for the most part, gone as well, I never fixated on anything in the way of a career. I like changing my course whenever I feel inclined.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

Years ago I wrote sci-fi novels, three in total. After sending them off, I got rejected, mainly because they were considered too long, over one hundred and fifty thousand words each. You must learn what publishers want. Ninety thousand words is it, apparently it comes down to paper and weight. Sci-fi also is almost impossible to get published as, worldwide, there are only a few publishers involved in the genre, so I changed to crime novels and now have five released.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

I love the research, looking into the background of whatever novel I’m writing. When people read them, they are surprised that almost everything they are reading is the truth. Fact in some cases is stranger than fiction.

What motivates you?

Telling stories the way I want to tell them. Some like it, some don’t, but I do, and that’s what matters to me.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

Who knows, whichever way the wind blows! A job is just money, home life is life.

What is your greatest life of career achievement to-date?

My wife and children.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

Dan Brown and his novels. Up to his first novels being released, I only read sci-fi and fantasy. It was his ability to bring facts and fantasy together and, like me, the reader doesn’t know which is which.

What is your dream now?

To continue writing more novels because I enjoy it.

How do you switch off?

I watch movies or read a book; it’s all about escapism and forgetting the outside world and all the things wrong with it.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

The queues that lined up to the Capitol Cineplex when it was the only cinema in Cork city.  Whether it was sunny or raining, people wouldn’t care, once they got inside.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Bishop Lucy Park on a sunny day.

Do you have a favorite quote or motto?

‘Never give up, never surrender’ from the film ‘Galaxy Quest’.

When are you at your happiest?

At Christmas time, eating and drinking too much and playing with the kids’ toys.                        

Any regrets?

Thousands, but as I’m not smart enough to build a time machine, I’ll just let them go.

What is your hidden talent?

I’ve none that I’ve discovered so far, but I have very long, strong finger nails and can rip a beer can in two with them. 

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I love ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and watch the series whenever it’s on.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

When I started writing on a keyboard during my first book, it took a few hours a day for three weeks to type five thousand words. Now I write five thousand words in three hours!  

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