Born and raised in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, author David O’Brien studied environmental biology and later deer biology at University College Dublin. But rather than pursue his lifelong interest in wolves and predator-prey interactions after completing his doctorate, O’Brien instead opted to teach English in Madrid. After moving to Boston with his wife, he continued teaching at Boston’s Cathedral High School and Bridgewater State College for seven years before returning to Spain, where he currently teaches English and science in his wife’s hometown of Pamplona.
In his teenage years, O’Brien began writing poetry, and had one of his poems published in Cadenza, a Dublin-based magazine at the age of fourteen. In the years since, he has had additional poems published in journals and anthologies such as Albatross, The Tennessee State Poetry League, Poems of Nature and various anthologies of Forward Press imprint in Britain. In addition, O’Brien’s non-fiction articles have been published in Hot English magazine and for the Boston newspaper Dig.