Darren Shan

(Darren O'Shaughnessy)

Darren Shan
Darren Shan
  • Born: July 2, 1972
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Author

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Darren O'Shaughnessy, who commonly writes under the pen name Darren Shan, is an irish author. Darren Shan is the main character in O'Shaughnessy's The Saga of Darren Shan young adult fiction series, also known as the Cirque Du Freak series. He followed that up with The Demonata series and the stand-alone books, Koyasan and The Thin Executioner. Then came The Saga of Larten Crepsley which is a prequel to The Saga of Darren Shan. He has most recently finished a 12 novel series "Zom-B". The first book went on sale in September 2012, with the final book, Zom-B Goddess, published in April 2016. Darren also writes for adults, and has published The City Book Trilogy and Lady Of The Shades under the name of Darren Shan, and The Evil And The Pure, Sunburn, An Other Place and Midsummer's Bottom under the name of Darren Dash.

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All reading should be pleasurable! I don't like people who keep reeling out the 'books are so important' line. First and foremost, reading is about entertainment, the same as movies, video games and music. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Anyone who has an imagination can write a book - it's cheap to do - but movies are big money. Money, Coins & Minting ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Every generation likes to think that children don't read as much as they used to when they were young! You listen to some adults saying they were going around reading 'Ulysses' when they were seven or eight! I think children are voracious readers if you give them the right books and if you make those books accessible to them.
I always loved horror, but I read all sorts of books. My favourite as a child was 'The Secret Garden' which has a big influence on Lord Loss, believe it or not!
I grew up on all sorts of horror - Hammer Horror and Vincent Price's 'Theatre Of Blood.' I loved the hidden, scary layers, but there wasn't that much around for youngsters in terms of horror books. I can remember reading Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot' and 'Cujo,' but I thought there should be more for teenaged horror fans.
I have music on when I write. I don't like the isolation otherwise and find the silence deadening. Music, Chants & Rapps
I think sometimes parents and teachers can push children away from reading by telling them it's something they must do, the same way they must eat their greens and must pass their exams in school. Poppycock! Read or don't read - that's your call.
I think you can spread yourself across any number of genres when you're a writer as long as you have a deep, abiding love for each of them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I wanted to write about racism and xenophobia in 21st Century England and Ireland, but I wanted to do it in an exciting way so that I could reach more readers. Zombies seemed like a good way to do that.
I was lucky because my mum was a teacher and showed me how to read and write. But most importantly, she encouraged me to use my imagination. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I'll never forget a meeting with one publisher where they said, 'We don't publish books for teenage boys; teenage boys don't read.'
Many people think that it is important to have a title before you begin writing the book, but I think you should never sit around waiting for the right title to strike before you start writing. Crack on with the story, put in the hard work, and the title will come eventually. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My books always focus on the response of the characters to extreme events. As dark as they get, they are ultimately positive, uplifting books about children who take control of their lives and overcome great adversaries. I think that is why they have been so popular.
One of the things I wanted to do with my own books was bridge the gap between 'Goosebumps' and adult horror.
Reading has always been the great love of my life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The message of 'Zomb-B' is that you have to listen to your own heart and head and question everything. Question stereotypes and the way the world seems or is being presented. Some of the people we should be most concerned about, dangerous right-wing bigots, sound convincing and reasonable.
The only way to learn and hone your craft is by working hard and writing regularly.