Michael O’Higgins works as a criminal lawyer, mainly on the defence side. He was called to the bar in 1987 and became a senior counsel in 2000. He previously worked as a staff journalist for Hot Press and Magill, covering crime stories and the conflict in Northern Ireland. He has twice won the Hennessy XO Literary Award (in 2008 and 2010) for his short stories. He lives with his partner Patricia, his three children, two dogs and one cat in Bray, Co Wicklow.