My name is Eoin Stephens. I’m a native of Galway in the west of Ireland but I’ve lived in Dublin for the past thirty years. I’m forty nine, married with two children, and I earn a living as a freelance graphic designer. I’ve been writing fiction for the past six years. I haven’t been published but, thanks to my self-employed status and the support of my wife, I’m able to write every day. I’m finishing my third book right now and have plans for many more. As well as writing novels, I write and draw comic books.
When I started writing fiction, I decided I was going to write three novels before I tried to shop my writing around to agents or publishers – or even to self-publish. I didn’t know what kind of book I was capable of writing, if any, so I thought it safest to write three, then step back and review. I’m nearly there. My third book, ‘The Golden Legend’ is nearly finished. I’ve discovered that I like to write historical novels with elements of fantasy or science fiction. That is not what I expected. The subject matter is quite different to the comic book stories I’ve written (see below) and it’s not reflective of the story ideas I’ve been recording for years in an ever-expanding email thread. I think it’s a distinctive voice and, though it might prove tricky to categorise, I hope there’s a readership to match it. So, if you think you might like, ‘historical novels with elements of fantasy or science fiction’, read on.
When I was seventeen I was certain I was going become a comic book artist. Art college – and life in general – knocked that idea out of me. Recently I’ve fallen in love with the form again. Drawing comics is very technical so I’ve been quietly re-learning the craft over the last few years. These comics are presented chronologically – newest to oldest. I’m getting better all the time. Read them here.