TS O’Neil is the author of Tampa Star and Starfish Prime, the latter will be released on amazon on Feb. 1st 2014. He graduated with Honors from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Degree in Criminal Justice and graduated with High Honors from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Business Administration in Technology Management. He served as a Rifleman with the Marine Corps Reserve, an Officer in the Military Police Corps of the United States Army, and retired from the Army of the United States (AUS) as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2012. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. TS is currently employed as an IT Architect and lives in Seminole, FL with his beautiful wife, Suzanne.
What inspires you to write?
Great literature inspires me to write. I don’t think about it in terms of what the world or the majority thinks is great literature, but what i think rates as a must read. Sure Hemingway is a great read, but then so is Elmore Leonard and I’ve always wanted to write like him. I have a very active imagination and was always getting into trouble in grade school for day-dreaming. I think being a fiction writer is a great endeavor in that you get to invent your own reality and create a different world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I imagine the action and try and develop an interesting story line and location. Then I sit down before the laptop and fill in the blanks. I try and write a chapter a sitting and then the wife will critique it by reading it out-loud. I am more a seat of the pants writer by will do an outline in my head.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I say the dialog out loud to see if its appropriate and makes sense. I think you develop your best lines that way.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write and write so more. Your first drafts are going to be terrible, but keep on keeping on and eventually you’ll put out a good product. Elmore Leonard famously said; “try to write the stuff people want to read and leave the rest out.”
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was a true learning experience. and so, publishing the book on amazon was the only logical solution. It also allows flexibility to update the manuscript on occasion , offer promotions and allow on the fly price changes. I am trying to get my second book traditionally published, but if that does not happen, its not a big deal.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the publishing world is going through a change that will be cataclysmic and it will result in a changed dynamic, much like the music industry. In the end, it will be a much better deal for the consumer and publishers will have to adapt as they will no longer be able to have such power and influence in the market.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Action & Adventure
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print