John Connolly is a modern crime fiction author who uses imagery, tragic events and characterization to draw the reader into his mysteries.
John Connolly originates from Dublin, Ireland where he was born in 1968. For the most part, he chooses to retain his personal life and information about his childhood and teenage years. His assistant, Clair Lamb, helped patch-up some holes in the story of John Connolly’s life. Connolly only had one brother and his father is no deceased. (Lamb, 2014). However, his mother, who is into her early eighties, is still active, despite her age. (Lamb, 2014)
Following high school, Connolly furthered his education by studying English at Trinity College. While studying at Trinity College, he received a student visa which allowed him to travel to the United States. (Nolan, 2002). The first place he went to was Delaware for a summer job. (Nolan, 2002). Shortly after arriving, Connolly discovered his displeasure of the place and left as soon as possible. (Nolan, 2002). Connolly found his way to Maine and Main found its way into his heart. Much like the author Stephen King, Maine’s forests stimulated Connolly’s imagination and provided a setting for many of his novels. (Nolan, 2002) Following his studies at Trinity College, Connolly moved on to studying journalism at Dublin City University.
Throughout his life Connolly experimented with several different career paths such as journalism, politics, waiting, bartending and working as a menial worker in a department store located in London, England, called Harrods. Gaining experience in the real world gave Connolly a deeper insight for potential characters for his novels. After his studies at Trinity College and Dublin City University, Connolly worked as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times, which he still regularly contributes to. The writing experience paid off when he was ready to write his first novel.
In 1999, Connolly finally published his first novel, Every Dead Thing, which was dedicated to his late father. (Lamb, 2014) In 2009, John Connolly kicked off his new Samuel Johnson series. The first book of the Samuel Johnson series, The Gates, was published in 2009.The Gates was followed in 2011 by the publication of the second book, The Infernals as it’s known in the United States.The Infernals was published under the name Hell’s Bells in the United Kingdom. (John Connolly, 2014) The latest addition to the Samuel Johnson series, The Creeps, was published in 2013. (John Connolly, 2014)
Connolly lives in Dublin, Ireland but comes to Maine regularly for business. (Lamb, 2014) He lives in Dublin, Ireland with his long-time partner, Jennifer Ridyard along with their two sons, Cameron and Alistair. (Lamb, 2014) Jennifer Ridyard and John Connolly co-write books such as Conquest. (Lamb, 2014) In addition to their family of four, they have three dogs, . (Lamb. 2014)
For years before and after John Connolly’s birth the war in Vietnam was taking place and affecting the world....