Doyle's attraction to the intersection between comedy and tragedy may stem from his chief role model, Pablo Neruda, whose theory of "impure" poetry often brought onions, underwear, barber shops and body parts under the same poetic roof as love, death, and the oppression of the Chilean people. Doyle says he discovered Neruda during his senior year in college, and reading Neruda taught him to enjoy reading poetry in general. Along with the Chilean poet's works, Doyle claims he has read books "by all but a handful of the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature," and he cites Zorba The Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis, and I and Thou, by Martin Buber, as other favorites.
A native of Delaware, Doyle moved to North Carolina in December with his wife and three children. He works as a telecommunications attorney in Raleigh.