Patrick Campbell left his home and family run hotel in Donegal to work as a tunnel tiger inScotlandbefore emigrating to America. He was marketing communications manager for the World Trade Center until he retired in 1996, after a marketing career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that lasted 35 years. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Masters Degree in English and he owns an internet bookshop, P.H. Campbell, which specialises in first editions of books on Irish history, literature and folklore. He was formerly a theatre critic, book editor and columnist and has appeared in documentaries and numerous television and radio shows. Campbell was born in Dungloe, Co Donegal. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his Donegal-born wife. He has one daughter.