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Vincent H. O'Neil

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Vincent H. O’Neil is the author of the Malice Award-winning mystery novel MURDER IN EXILE and (writing as Henry V. O'Neil) the Sim War military science fiction series from HarperCollins.

MURDER IN EXILE was followed by REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES, EXILE TRUST, and CONTEST OF WILLS.

He is also the author of the theater-themed murder mystery DEATH TROUPE, and two books in a New England-based horror series, INTERLANDS and DENIZENS.

HarperCollins has released all five of his military science fiction Sim War series novels (GLORY MAIN, ORPHAN BRIGADE, DIRE STEPS, CHOP LINE, and LIVE ECHOES) written under the name Henry V. O'Neil.

See sample chapters of all his books at www.vincenthoneil.com
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Vincent H. O'Neil This is an interesting coincidence. I'm re-reading Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, and he had a marvelous observation about the times when his wr…moreThis is an interesting coincidence. I'm re-reading Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, and he had a marvelous observation about the times when his writing wasn't flowing:

"But sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made.

I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."

So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there."

As always with Hemingway, I'm not exactly sure what he was saying. But I do follow the simple practice of taking a single idea, scene, or line that interests me and then wrapping words around it. That's how I keep going when the writing is difficult. (less)
Vincent H. O'Neil The best advice I ever got about writing is this: You're not a writer, you're a storyteller. I adopted that as my approach, and ever since then I see …moreThe best advice I ever got about writing is this: You're not a writer, you're a storyteller. I adopted that as my approach, and ever since then I see ideas for stories all around me.

Sometimes it's just a neat turn of phrase I heard someone say, and when I was turning it over in my mind the phrase raised a couple of "what if" questions that then transformed into stories. Other times it's something I see happening that, if it changed just a little, would make for the beginning of a very interesting tale.

The ideas are all around us, and it's up to each storyteller to decide what helps him or her to see those ideas. (less)
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I just finished reading a superb book on a tragic period in history. It's called Paris in the Terror, and here's my review:

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“A night in space can last a long time … or maybe it never ends.”
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“Those undercovers are all alone out there. No gun, no badge, no backup. I'm all they have, so I give them everything I've got. You could say ... I already have.”
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This is a remarkable book, and well worth the read. JFC Fuller doesn't just describe Alexander as a general; he covers all of the personas and roles this enigmatic figure assumed. He provides detailed explanations for just about everything Alexander ...more
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“I rested my head on the wall behind me and closed my eyes, wishing my life had a button: Ignore All.”
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“The words of his various writing instructors and professional mentors over the years came back to him at times like these, and he found a new understanding in their advice: Writing is rewriting. The rough draft is just that. You can’t polish what you haven’t written.

Things that made for a normal life—like a daily routine that followed the sun—took a back seat to times like these, and he exulted in that change because it served as proof that his writing was indeed the most important thing in his life. It wasn’t a conscious choice on his part, like deciding to repaint the bathroom or go buy the groceries, but an overarching reallocation of his existence that was as undeniable as breathing. Day turned into night, breakfast turned into dinner, and the laptop or the writing tablet beckoned even when he was asleep.

He would often awake with a new idea—as if he’d merely been on a break and not unconscious—and he would see the empty seat before the desk not as his station in some pointless assembly line, but as the pilot’s seat in a ship that could go anywhere.”
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