Vincent O'Neil
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Norwood, Massachusetts
About Me:
I've walked a lot of different roads over the years, from army paratrooper to risk manager, but currently I'm a published novelist with four murder mysteries in the Florida-based Frank Cole series: MURDER IN EXILE (2006), REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES (2007), EXILE TRUST (2008), and CONTEST OF WILLS (2010). Most recently, I just released DEATH TROUPE, the first book in a new, theater-themed mystery series. Check out sample chapters at
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Too many to mention, but here's a few: Rex Stout, Jasper Fforde, HP Lovecraft, Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Frank Herbert's Dune, Patrica Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, Raymond Chandler, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Sibylle Barrasso
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: The Usual Suspects, The Godfather, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing, The Wild Bunch, Mr. Brooks, Michael Clayton, and MANY more

TV: The Wire, Two and a Half Men, reruns of ALF

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Research and Writing: It’s not just the facts after all

I’ve been writing in various genres for some time now, but only recently came to appreciate the link between research and inspiration. Yes, I know; it was probably always there, but I hadn’t really given it much thought until just a few years ago.…


Posted on October 7, 2010 at 4:30am

Motivating Your Murderer: How your villain's motive can help develop the rest of your story

One of the great things about writing murder mysteries is the opportunity to imagine the mind of the villain. After all, no matter how many times we say we’d like to kill someone in real life, most of us thankfully aren’t ever going to get closer to the mindset of an actual murderer than that. So creating a realistic culprit is a true exercise in imagination, and it almost always involves the reason why the killer did it. Your villain’s motive can be a crucial element of your… Continue

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 1:06pm

The Mighty Tiny Tim: In Praise of the Short Story

I guest-blogged on The Stiletto Gang's website on December 17, 2009:

Recently, I had the good fortune to have two short stories included in anthologies. So when The Stiletto Gang (I have to work that name into one of my mystery novels) offered me the chance to guest blog for them, I decided to try and write something in praise of the short story.

Considering the season, I was not surprised when the image of Dickens’ Tiny Tim came to mind during my brainstorming. Not… Continue

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 3:20am

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At 4:34am on February 13, 2011, Richard Godwin said…

Hi Vinny

I'll definitely get a copy. I hope I can encourage you to buy 'Apostle Rising' available now in the US here



At 3:02am on February 13, 2011, Richard Godwin said…
Hi Vincent thanks for following. Best, Richard.
At 12:58am on February 13, 2011, Richard Godwin said…

Hi Vincent,

I like your place here, please add me my requests are full




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