1. Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland.
2. Growing up, he was one of five brothers. When he wrote Artemis Fowl, he made them into goblins.
3. He advises anyone who wants to become a writer to become an observer. "That is where your ideas come from. Keep one eye on your computer screen and the other on the world around you."
4. Over a period of four years, he was a teacher in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy.
5. The Artemis Fowl series has since sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is now concluding with the final book, The Last Guardian.