Alan Early was born in Leitrim, Ireland and now lives in Dublin, in the sometimes-posh and leafy suburb of Ranelagh. He studied in the National Film School, Dun Laoghaire. Upon graduation in 2008, he co-founded Annville Films. From an early age he would write and illustrate short stories about Banshees and ghost animals and whatever else struck his imagination. His first attempt at writing a novel was while he was still at school and was about, amongst other things, a telepathic fish.

When he was about ten, he visited Dublinia, a recreated Viking village and so began an interest in Viking lore that inspired the critically acclaimed 'Father of Lies' trilogy. His first book in the series, 'Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent' was released in 2011 and has been described by Eoin Colfer as 'a brilliant creation' and was also shortlisted in the 2011 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. He is currently working on the third book in the series, 'Arthur Quinn and Hell's Keeper' as well as a few other 'top secret' projects.

He likes books that have pages made of paper and also a beginning, middle and end. He dislikes writing biographies about himself in the third person.

He's a picky eater but, despite that, quite like raisins.