John O'Brien (novelist)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
O'Brien was born in Oxford, Ohio, where his parents, Bill and Judy O'Brien were both students at Miami University. He grew up in Brecksville and Lakewood Ohio and graduated from Lakewood High School in 1978. He married Lisa Kirkwood in 1979 and the couple moved to Los Angeles, California in 1982. His first novel, Leaving Las Vegas, is dedicated to her.
O'Brien committed suicide by gunshot two weeks after learning that his novel, Leaving Las Vegas, was to be made into a movie. His father says that the novel was his suicide note. Two more of his novels were published posthumously: Stripper Lessons (Grove Press 1997) and The Assault on Tony's (Grove Press, 1996), which had been left unfinished at the time of his death and was completed by his sister, Erin O'Brien. A third unpublished manuscript, titled Better, remains as part of his estate.
O'Brien also authored an episode of the children's animated program Rugrats that was titled "Toys in the Attic" (episode 37). O'Brien left the writing credit for the work to his only known pen name, Carroll Mine.
His influences for his book Leaving Las Vegas were inspired by his own severe alcoholism.