When Clooney Coyle promises Vonnie Gallagher they’ll be friends for life, he has no idea what he’s letting himself in for. The lonely and eccentric Vonnie quickly becomes obsessed with the kind-hearted but insecure actor, and her misguided crush soon develops into something much more sinister, which leaves Clooney’s career in tatters.
But when fate takes a strange turn and elevates the pair into an overnight celebrity couple, Clooney must decide whether to embrace the fame he has longed for since childhood or end the ridiculous charade before Vonnie’s jealous – and murderous – inclinations spiral out of control.
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
Yes! I have the Kindle app on my phone, so I’m never far from a god read. I also love print books. I continuously see debates about print versus e-books, which I find ridiculous. How you read shouldn’t be important – what’s key is that we are reading.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The name ‘Domhnall’ means ‘leader’ so it’s a good option for both a goodie and a baddie!
I’ll go with a baddie – in comedy, they can often be lots of fun! Vonnie in Crazy For You is nasty, evil even – but it was such a hoot writing her!
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
Likes so many, I love curling up on the couch with a cup of tea or a cheeky glass of vino. Before COVID-19, I travelled a lot with work, so I’d always make sure to have a book close at hand for the plane, train or bus journey.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I work as an actor and journalist so if I’m not on set filming Ros na Rún, an Irish-language drama series set in the West of Ireland, I’m travelling the world, reviewing destinations on behalf of various newspapers and magazines. Obviously, that has come to a halt as a result of COVID-19.
In Crazy For You, my latest book, I’ve incorporated my experiences as an actor and a travel writer into the story. The action spans four central locations – my hometown of Navan, Connemara where the fictional TV series is filmed, Jamaica and the snow-capped Alps! As they say, write what you know!
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Most certainly not – much to the chagrin of my partner who I always drag in with me! But can I be blamed? There are some beautiful bookstores in Ireland including The Winding Stair, Hodges Figgis, The Company of Books and Hampton Books.
6. What are you most proud of?
In my 20s, I struggled with anxiety after becoming a little overwhelmed by the acting industry. I decided to upskill and diversify by returning to college to study a Master’s in Screenwriting. This, in turn, led to a fulfilling career in journalism and now, as an author.
I’m so proud that I took control of a very disempowering situation, and now I get to combine all my passions – acting, writing and travelling.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Oh my days, it’s a feeling second-to-none! You are holding your little creative baby in your hands for the first time! You just want to cradle it, smell it, and kiss it! It is a hugely rewarding and surreal experience – one that never gets old!
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I must confess, I have a stock answer for this question! When I was studying for my Master’s in Screenwriting, a rather larger-than-life lecturer announced one day: “Don’t give me that nonsense about walking along the seafront looking for inspiration – grab your pen and just bloody write!” While a tad inelegant, that concept has always remained with me: “just bloody write!”
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
As a journalist, I ‘ve been very fortunate to interview some high-profile figures including Tommy Hilfiger, Chris Pine and David Gandy. I’m always fascinated with people at the top of their game – discovering how they got there and how they’ve remained there – and hope that some of their success rubs off on me!
In Crazy For You, Madonna, my idol, plays an important role. In real life, I would love to interview her although I’d probably be tongue-tied and terrified and make a holy show of myself! I believe she doesn’t suffer fools!
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
As I mentioned, I travel so much with my work – as a result, I’ve learnt to write in almost any location or situation. All I need is my laptop or journal. Once, battling an urgent deadline, I had to hide in a toilet in a busy bar and complete a last-minute article! Most people need peace and quiet – when you’re up against the clock, that’s not a luxury every writer has, unfortunately.
Thank you, Domhnall O’Donoghue and Love Books Group
About the author
Hailing from Navan in the royal county of Meath, Domhnall is a graduate of the Bachelor in Acting Studies Programme, Trinity College Dublin, later completing a Master’s in Screenwriting at Dún Laoghaire IADT.
He now works as an actor and a journalist, dividing his time between Galway, where he films TG4’s award-winning series, Ros na Rún, Dublin and Venice, where he and his Italian lover continuously promise their well-worn livers that they will refrain from quaffing so much Prosecco. (Unfortunately, it seems some vows, just like nearby Rome, were not built in a day.)
Wine-drinking aside, for more than four years, Domhnall has also enjoyed the responsibility of being Assistant Editor at Irish Tatler Man, a title whose various awards includes Consumer Magazine of the Year. Thanks to this role, he interviewed a host of high-profile names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, David Gandy, and Jacques Villeneuve.
Domhnall has written for the majority of Ireland’s leading newspapers and magazines, including the Irish Independent, The Irish Times and RTE Online. He also writes a monthly column in Woman’s Way, the country’s biggest-selling weekly magazine.
His first novel, Sister Agatha: the World’s Oldest Serial Killer, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim (Tirgearr Publishing). His second book, Colin and the Concubine, was published earlier this year by Mercier Press, Ireland’s oldest publishing house. Book number three is called Crazy For You and will be published once again by Mercier Press in June 2020.