The Times Who's Who has a nice profile of Irish author, Eoin Colfer.
Like his other books, Artemis Fowl was written in the evenings in 2000 after teaching at Coolcotts National School in Wexford town. This time, however, his wife told him he had done something different. He sent the manuscript to Sophie Hicks at Ed Victor, not expecting it to sell any more than the 3,000 copies he was used to selling in Ireland. Colfer was on playground duty when he learnt that three Hollywood studios had bid for the rights, and that it had gone to Miramax for a sum rumoured to be a million dollars.About his writing:
...he is an intensely moral writer...
There are a lot of ideas about art, communism, religion and physics subtly woven into the action, as well as a strong environmental consciousness. But it is Colfer’s sense of humour which, even more than his dazzlingly inventive imagination, has earned him a place in children’s hearts.