On Writing my First Book

Alan Murphy


I’ve wanted to write a book ever since I can remember. When I was a kid at primary school and we’d get a story to write for homework, I’d come in the next day with 10 copy pages full of my latest masterpiece…even though we’d only have been asked to write 1. And it’s not that I was a super dedicated child in school or anything. I always just did enough to get by and as my mother would say, “I never killed myself.” But if it was something I loved and something I was good at, then it was a different story. And I’m still a little bit like that today. If I’m passionate about something then I  give it absolutely everything and I could happily do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And I’ve always had a huge passion for writing.

Throughout secondary school, English was my favourite and best subject and the idea of writing a book never left my mind. By the time I was in Leaving Cert and it came to decide what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I didn’t even have to give it a second thought. I was going to be a writer and so in 2004, I graduated from Griffith College in Dublin with a degree in journalism and media. In college, I became a massive fan of radio and I’ve worked at Galway Bay FM for almost 12 great years now. But my writing was never put on the back burner either. I’ve been lucky enough to write for numerous publications both nationally and internationally and worked as everything from a showbiz editor to a weekly columnist for TVNow Magazine for several years. I’ve always been fascinated by the world of celebrity and it felt very natural and the right fit for me to work in the showbiz journalism industry. Over the years I’ve interviewed and met everyone from Charlize Theron and Louis Walsh to Eddie Murphy and Jedward. I’ve had lunch with Paris and the Hiltons, been brought to modelling school by Janice Dickinson and covered the red carpet of a Disney movie premiere in Hollywood. I always thought these experiences and interviews and often completely bonkers stories would make for a truly great book and a very fun read but then I’d say to myself, “One day Alan.”

On a recent trip to my 2nd home Los Angeles, I stayed at the famous Chateau Marmont which, trust me, has enough stories to fill its own book. This is when it hit me that at the ripe old age of 33, it was time to make “one day Alan,” “now Alan!” I put the Chateau Marmont headed notepad that was in my hotel room in my bag and said when I get home to Ireland, I’m going to sit down and write some notes for my book idea on this paper because it’ll be lucky. And lucky it sure was. Just one month after my LA trip, I signed a book deal with the wonderful people at Book Hub Publishing. This has been a dream come true for me and I’m so grateful and thankful to my new team for believing in my book. I love everything about Book Hub and what they stand for and I’m so excited to be working with them on bringing this book to life. My family and my nearest and dearest friends know this is what I’ve always wanted to do and how much it means to me. And now that I’m about to embark on this new chapter of my life and write my first book, I’m delighted that I’ll be able to share the whole, incredible journey with you right here.

As my favourite singer in the world Leona Lewis says in her song Thank You, “dreams are meant to be lived, not to be chased.” And I’m definitely living mine…