Born in 1972 in Dublin, Dara Quinn graduated in Computer Science from DIT Kevin Street and holds a Post-grad in Education from Nottingham University. He worked as programmer/analyst until 2004 before moving to Thailand where he teaches Computing. He lives with his wife and twin daughters. He loves the Chicago Bears, MMA, the music of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Nat King Cole, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake ... the films of Kubrick, Coppola and Scorsese .... and his favorite day out is a day at the races.
This is his debut novel.
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I ever remember writing was summarizing the plot of Star Wars for school. I filled up a whole copybook - those ones where the top third is for drawing. It came out when I was five and it just blew my tiny mind. After I'd seen the movie, my life was never the same. I think that was where I fell in love with movies and story. Lucas is big on Joseph Campbell and the hero's journey. Care went into that story. It's a shame Disney didn't show it the same respect.
What are you working on next?
A children's book based on a dream I had. That's only ever happened to me once. Waking up out of a dream and having it all still right there. The sights, the sounds, everything - all that was missing was the plot. I came up with that later. It's about witches. It'll be set in Ireland and have a very Irish theme and I could see it as a scary animated musical!
Then there's one for the grown-ups that I've been planning for a very long time. Not a long-winded novel. Nice and compact. Nice twist in it. A layman's guide to some of the wonderful mysteries of Quantum Mechanics woven into a tight but tragic story about loss and the road not taken.
When an alien artefact is left on Earth aeons ago, its impact on the modern day is far-reaching and potentially devastating. Seen from the viewpoint of one unwitting family, Nautilus is a gripping, cautionary tale about thinking machines and the human spirit, holding up a mirror to an ever-expanding technology and consumer-driven society where the consumers are also the slaves.