He has written a string of bestselling books and soon his work will get the big screen Disney treatment.
But last night it was back to where it all started for author Eoin Colfer.
Officially opening this year's Wexford Festival Opera, the author – whose novels have made him popular with adults and kids around the world – recalled memories from his own younger days when he actually performed in the festival programme.
The Wexford-born author and his wife attended last night's gala performance of Nino Rota's 'Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze', one of the festival's main productions for 2013, but he is back on the road today as he heads for the Helsinki Book Fair and then onwards to the Wessex Book Fair.
Before last night's formalities, the author of the 'Artemis Fowl' series remembered being involved with the festival from an early age. "When I was in my early teens I was co-opted in as an extra. Me and another youngster had to run across the stage a few times in costumes," he said.
"I think I was bitten by the bug. It just seemed so glamorous, continental people running around speaking Italian and Spanish. It was a fantastic introduction."
Colfer said he was "excited" by the news that Walt Disney and Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein are to turn the first two books of the 'Artemis Fowl' series into a film
"I think it won't get really exciting for about a year, up to that it will be all pre-production, but when they cast it and start filming, I'll really get excited."
At the moment Colfer is "pushing for Wexford" as the location for filming.
"I talk about the tax breaks and the locations here, but that will be Harvey's choice," the novelist said.