Brick ONeil

Biography

Brick ONeil grew up in America’s heartland, the midwestern United States, receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies then moving to the southern United States for his Masters in Human Resources, living in both Oklahoma and Texas for some time before settling in the Pacific Northwestern coast in the Emerald City, Seattle.

He has been writing professionally for over ten years and before that was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the private workers’ compensation field, still holding his Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification. He began writing articles and working on projects for clients while writing his first novel, Aside of Murder under his writing business, Lione Services.

Now he has seven books under his belt in four genres, fiction-mystery, fiction-short story, non fiction-cookbooks and non fiction-biography. He has his mystery series, The Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries with two books published now out of the seven; the cookbook series, “Simple, Healthy, Fresh”, with books one and two out now, more could be coming; two books of short stories, Unrelated: A selection of short stories and Triad: Fates, Furies and Graces finally,his short biography, Silver Linings on Dark Clouds (My Life with Alport’s Syndrome) is out as well.

Find him online:
http://brickoneil.com (pages for each book)
http://linkedin.com/in/brickoneil
https://www.facebook.com/brickoneil

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
l grew up in America’s heartland, the midwestern United States, earning a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies then moving to the southern United States for my Masters in Human Resources. The midwestern United States has good, old fashioned values, family means everything and the food is fresh. People were open and honest with their emotions, so there were a lot of raw emotions for a young writer-in-training to absorb, which comes in handy with my Novels. You can see that in alot of the characters from "The Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries".

Fresh foods were always available at Mom's table growing up, so that certainly influenced my cooking, in addition to health issues as an adult, that forced me to learn how to shop, cook and prepare fresh, natural foods, as close to natural and whole as possible. Mom was always shopping for fresh vegetables, such as carrots, onions, celery, bell peppers, and potatoes. Lord love a duck, she certainly loved her potatoes and gravy! At almost every meal and twice on Sundays. So Mom and her cooking are never far behind in my cookbook series "Simple, Healthy, Fresh", as you read in the forwards.

I moved around a lot after high school, living in, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas for some time before settling in the Pacific Northwestern coast, in the Emerald City, Seattle. I was able to experience alot more out of life than I would have, staying in the same small home town I grew up in.
When did you first start writing?
During English classes as an Undergraduate, I can remember writing for assignments, enjoying peppering the papers, essays and research papers with descriptions, people, places, emotions and so forth. I enjoyed the process very much, but unfortunately, none of my English teachers did. They consistently marked me off for my writing, stating to 'cut the prose' and 'don't be so descriptive'. Afterwards, I never wrote again, never getting encouragement from anywhere.

It wasn't until after my kidney transplant in 2003 that my then husband encouraged me to start my first Novel, Aside of Murder. I had always had ideas tucked in the back of my mind for the first few books in the series, but never had the courage or push to actually set the ideas down in written form. That first Novel took me two years to write, but I had the idea rolling around in my mind for over twenty!
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Where to find Brick ONeil online


Books

Simple, Healthy, Fresh 2.0
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Series: Simple, Healthy, Fresh, 2.0. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 11,940. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / low carbohydrate
More of those low-carb, low-salt recipes you've come to know and love from the first cookbook.
Silver Linings on Dark Clouds
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Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 14,660. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
My Life with Alport's Syndrome: A personal story of life with kidney failure, from diagnosis to dialysis and finally, transplant. Facing uncaring healthcare and social services systems while fighting against a genetic disease that causes kidney failure, extreme fatigue, hearing loss and eventually death unless treated.
The Bamboo Killer
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Series: The Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries, II. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 51,720. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Someone is killing young men at the University of Washington. Our friends are asked to investigate when a co-worker's son is the latest victim. Along the way, a nemesis from the past makes trouble!
Triad: Fates, Furies and Graces
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A conversation between The Fates with their younger triplet siblings, The Three Graces and the Three Furies. In three parts, The Three Fates and the Three Graces; The Three Fates and The Three Furies; and finally, The Three Furies and The Three Graces. They discuss happenings around Mt. Olympus, the Gods and Goddesses.
Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0
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Series: Simple, Healthy, Fresh, 1.0. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 15,020. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / low carbohydrate
Friends asked for a book of recipes that are simple, healthy, fresh. Simple to buy ingredients and prepare, healthy for your wallet and body, fresh from nature. Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0 has about 70+ full color recipes with basic ingredients such as brown and wild mix rice, mushrooms, the holy trifecta--mirepoix (that is, celery-onion-carrot), leeks, eggplant and lean meats, pork and chicken.
Unrelated: A Selection of Short Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A selection of five unrelated short stories. In Unrelated, read about a stranded soul in Expanse, while a busy Gargoyle who tells what he sees over time. Meeting Pope Gregory, a fictional Pontiff. A Rusty Chain brings memories for one man. And Top Floor is anything but! Read each one and discover your favorite. Read again and discover something new.
Aside of Murder
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Series: The Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries, I. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 84,950. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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What happens when a High Class Call Girl and an embezzling bank executive blackmail each other into marriage? Revenge and Murder!