Short, Sharp Interview: Paul O’Brien

Blood red 3PDB: What’s going on now?

Listening to Hozier, trying to talk myself out of shooting one of my characters in the face. Too late.

PDB: How did you research this book?

I actually put years and years of research into the three Blood Red Turns Dollar Green books. They’re set in the untapped world of pro-wrestling. That’s a world in real life that still has a lot of mystery around it, so getting the inside track was tough at first, but the more wrestling insiders read the books, the more the talked to me for the novels that followed.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

Probably his last one, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol.3. I had a tight deadline, numerous sets and characters to tie-up. The feedback so far has been superb.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

My favourite book is the Brother’s Grimm. Loved nothing better as a kid that to go to bed and see what else these mad bastards had up their sleeve. Favourite film is probably, As Good as it Gets. Loved the writing, acting, direction; the whole package.

I think Under Pressure is my favourite song at the moment. Love the intertwining styles that build to great finale.

As for TV show, nothing had an effect on me like The Sopranos. I still miss Tony Soprano today. Like actually miss him, like I knew him.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Very. But not as important as a character’s name. I could imagine whole novels just based on what I call someone. I’ll think of a name and immediately their world will become clear to me. Then comes location, plot, pacing, tone, etc.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

A lot when a book first comes out. And then not so much. I tend to walk away well from finished projects.

paul o brienPDB: What’s next?

I’ve got a hugely exciting 2015 already lined up. I’m going to write a screenplay with one of my screenwriting heroes, direct a music video for a superb up-and-coming band and also release another crime novel – this one set at the turn of the 20th century.

Bio: Paul O’Brien is a writer from Wexford, Ireland. In the last fifteen years he has written sixteen plays and two screenplays. He has been commissioned or produced by The Abbey, Druid, Red Kettle Theatre Company, Town Hall Theatre, Galway and Spare Key Productions in New York.

Blood Red Turns Dollar Green, his debut novel, made it to the #1 Bestselling spot on Amazon in US and UK. The follow-up novel, Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol. 2 also made it to the top of the charts – with both novels having now reached #1 in Germany, Canada, Australia, UK & Ireland and the U.S.  In late 2013, Paul sold the option for Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and both novels are now being developed as a TV series in the U.S.

In 2014 Paul was chosen alongside the likes of Michael Fassbender, Rory Mcllroy, U2, Chris O’Dowd and Jonathan Rhys Myers as 52 Irish Men for 2014.