Born in Troubles-torn Belfast in 1981, Laurence Donaghy grew up determined to put his passion for pen to page to work in ways as far removed from all that old bollocks as humanly possible. A geek before geek-chic was chic, he's been building pillow-forts in the comforting duvet of sci-fi and fantasy most of his life and finds it remarkable that in a world full of real jobs involving answering phones and filling in forms (oftentimes, lamentably, simultaneously), anyone can become something as wondrous as full-time author without having made some sort of soul-timeshare deal with Beelzebub. But until Lucifer returns his calls, he's happy being a civil servant and father-of-two by day, and a budding neo-Rowling by night.
Fortune struck when after shamelessly flouting the rules of an SFX magazine Pulp Idol competition in 2009, his story Stood Up And Be Counted (submitted with truly Machiavellian cunning under the psedonym of his partner) was one of the 10 runners-up. This led to a commission to write an entry in the Big Finish "Doctor Who" short story anthology "Christmas Around The World." That short story - Instead of You - has since gone down in Doctor Who fan folklore*.
After dabbling in the murky, shipping-encrusted waters of fanfic by writing (for fun) sequels to superhero movies he found lacking and crossovers between shows that were obvious in hindsight - he was amazed that no-one had thought of the many parallels between Doctor Who and Balamory - Laurence decided to pen his own magnificent octopus.
The result - the Folk'd trilogy, three volumes of family intrigue and ancient Irish mythology in a head-on collision with very modern themes of unexpected parenthood and unwanted responsibility, with a few sizzling spider-secretaries thrown in. Okay, one. Folk'd took Laurence a year to write and was originally intended as one book; unfortunately, that first book found itself unexpectedly with child. Dealing with this admirably and raising the child as his own, Laurence was amazed when it matured quickly to adulthood and the cycle repeated itself.
Laurence sets out to make every book or short story he writes a serious no-nonsense affair, and this usually lasts about ten pages before he can't resist squeezing in a few jokes because hey, real life is frankly a bit mental, shouldn't fiction have an obligation to run along similar lines? He refuses to even begin a story before he is completely sure that it will offer the world something new. He abhors cliche in all its forms and believes to be an author you have to take things one day at a time and give it 110%.
Laurence is a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, Peter David, Timothy Zahn and every other author who believes that just because a character is approaching a mountain and the mountain is picturesque, we do not need 1,000 words of how the reflections looked on a drop of sweat coming off the end of a goat's nose and the gamut of emotions they inspired in our protagonist as a result. Neither is he a fan of authors who believe that surrealism is a shortcut to deep and meaningful truth. Straightforward dialogue, in his view, can expose as many universal truths as donkeys eating grass on the ninth moon of Saturn halfway through a book set on a Glaswegian council estate.