Paul O’Neill writes speculative fiction about the horrors of real life. His works will comprise of contemporary fantasy, epic fantasy, dark fantasy, horror and occasionally humour. He has also created a fictional version of the NFL for a thriller series that he realises will never be published traditionally. He hasn’t been published anywhere, ever, yet.
He has created this website, the Word Burner, to share his journey so that you may empathise with him when rejected or laugh at him when he makes many rookie mistakes. The title of the site is reference to the amount of words he burns through when rewriting any of his works as his first drafts are always a comical mess.
Paul lives in the town of Leven in Scotland which he refers to as a cheap, squalid version of St. Andrews. He has a beautiful wife and wonderful son, both of which are his real life inspiration. His brain is a jumble of works by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Michael Connelly, Scott Mariani, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Val McDermid, Joe Hill, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher and many, many others.
He bids you welcome, writer or non-writer thinking of taking the leap. Do it, he cries, whilst pointing you towards the shiny subscribe button so he can send you updates and resources you may find helpful.
He acknowledges that he needs a professional photo and is in the process of having elves make one. For now, he has stuck with the random image of that one day he was on a boat that appears on his goodreads and Twitter accounts.