One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Today is Patrick O’Neill. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
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I started out as a photographer many years ago and then fell into financial research later on. I have always loved writing and will continue for as long as my hands work. I love Classical music and Heavy Metal music in turns. Metallica and Mozart in equal measure. I like to read, walk, take pictures and soak in everything around me. Time is short. I try and make every day count.
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
A British publisher is currently considering my book of short stories. I have also been accepted into another anthology, Dorset Voices, which will be published in Spring 2012.
What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to explore the narrow line between love and hate, and life and death.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
My major inspirations have been MR James, Edgar Alan Poe, Stephen King, Susan Hill and Bram Stoker to name a few.
What are you reading now?
‘Dark Matter, A Ghost Story’, by Michelle Paver. It’s an incredible story which really delivers the shivers!
What are your current projects?
I am currently writing a novella called Abbot’s Keep, a full-blooded ghost story set in Berkshire, England. It’s a really exciting project. I aim to scare.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep going, regardless of failure.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want you to feel as though you’re being led into a dark place where anything can happen. You don’t want to go but know you have to if you want the truth. Once you’re out, you’re happy, but part of you will want to still be there – scared in the darkness.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat” – Theodore Roosevelt
Failure should never be a reason to avoid the possibility of success.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Getting married to my beautiful Nikki and having our lovely son, Benedict.
What inspires you to write and why?
I’m inspired when I read a story that casts a shadow. Sometimes, many days after I have finished a book, it stays with me. If I can do that with my work one day, I’ll be satisfied.
I’m also inspired by the vain concept that after I am gone, something will be left behind, other than a crumbling gravestone. Having a book, or a story in a book with my name on it, is a pretty cool thing to leave behind.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Toughest criticism? I received criticism from a publisher many years ago who said “…I do not detect that illusive ingredient that makes me want to read more.”
Best compliment? Once, a reader told me that he had a nightmare after reading one of my stories.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
I’m scared of the dark.