David Rory O'Neill

Biography

What sort of writer am I?
Take DH Lawrence's sensuality and sensitivity, mix in a big dollop of John Steinbeck's earthy humor and truth, spice with a dash of Joyce's inventiveness and bawdyness. Sprinkle in a spot of Becket's radical originality. Cook in a slow simmering cauldron over an Irish peat fire given extra heat by the Scots/Irish hard burning coal and dish up in a new bowl of non-conformist Belfast manufacture. That's me. These are big names to live up to but I try.
I live in beautiful and splendid isolation on the side of the Galtee mountain near Mitchelstown, Co. Cork Ireland. I'm a bit of a cultural orphan - but thanks to the beloved B, and a cat with issues called Bobby - I'm very happy in our eclectic art and book filled rural nest.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I work closely with my designer Samantha to find an image that suits the story then leave it to her to find fonts and colors that suit. We may start on the cover before the book is complete. It's important and deserves as much time as it needs to get it right. We believe that people do judge a book by its cover, much as I, as writer, might wish it were otherwise.
What do you read for pleasure?
Since I became a full time novelist I find I don't read anything like as much as I once did. Research for the next novel tends to dominate my reading. I do go back to John Steinbeck, my great hero for inspiration often. I've just finished re-reading The Pastures of Heaven and The Long Valley. I'm working on short form novellas and these two are supreme examples of short form literature at its best.
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Books

The West Cork Trilogy Omnibus.
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The West Cork Trilogy., Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 320,450. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Category: Fiction
A thrilling saga of romantic love, families, dangerous obsessions, revenge and ultimate healing.
Animal.
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Novellas, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,660. Language: British English. Published: August 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
When Ian first saw Eva, the word 'animal' came to him and remained as an unshakeable label each day he saw her prowling up the avenue on her way to and from a solitary lunch break. The name came from her movement, sinuous and dance like; her walk was a tango of aching sensuality. Eventually he’d have to act and risk a mauling by approaching the Animal.
Leotie, Flower of the Prairie.
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Novellas, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,920. Language: British English. Published: April 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
A novella exploring time and relationships. For Leotie, growth shaped her life in dramatic and not always welcome ways. Her childhood in the small settlement of Azure in the lee of the Bear Paw Mountains of Montana was happy and normal. But Leotie needed to travel to find her future and her past.
Trial
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Daniel Stories, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,740. Language: British English. Published: March 28, 2013. Category: Fiction
Daniel’s trial takes many forms. There is the legal trial he must face knowing if he reveals the truth behind the conspiracies he’s been fighting, those conspirators and others unseen will attack his family and friends. There will be the trial of isolation and fighting the demons within that are perhaps the greatest threat.
Pyramid
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Daniel Stories, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,630. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
Daniel is struggling with the lack of drama in his work and with the ongoing after effects of his physical trauma. During this working holiday with the family in Rome, extreme drama will come at the Dawes from an entirely unforeseen source.
Judgement
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Daniel Stories, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,890. Language: British English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction
Daniel had stared death down and refused to die. Now he has embarked on some huge and dreadful thing. Compelled to end the fear and tackle the threat head on. He would not run or hide from his fear but would do what he’d always done - he would strip it bare and face it. Let it rip at him and when he’d found its foul heart, he’d kill it, no matter what the risk, no matter
Grip
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Daniel Stories, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,450. Language: British English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction
As Daniel, Lauren and Bonny take a holiday, a plot to silence Daniel is unfolding. He will be tested like never before. When it’s over, his grip on his sanity and his life will hang in the balance.
Passion
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Daniel Stories, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,720. Language: British English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction
A gentle bawdy romance with a few thrilling twists. Daniel Dawes has come back from the war in the Falklands with a broken back and a burden of guilt for the stress he has caused Bonny and Lauren. The Dawes’ past returns to haunt them. Old conspiracies, fear of discovery and a need for revenge create danger that they must defeat or run from, forever living in fear.
Challenge
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Daniel Stories, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,490. Language: British English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Bonny and Lauren face the greatest challenge of their lives as they try to rescue their man Daniel from an impossible predicament. He has crashed behind enemy lines and cannot move. If the Argentine secret police get hold of him he will be tortured and may die. If they do nothing, he will die. They must act alone. They set out on a dangerous mission to bring him home. The challenge is formidable.
Conflict
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The Daniel Stories, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,090. Language: British English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Conflict is often a crucible for evil and pain but out of a dirty little war a thing of unique and loving beauty is created. In this urban conflict two beautiful children meet. Later in life conflict thrusts them together again. Into their war comes Bonny, destined to be a victim, but their unexpected love rescues her and sets the three on a hard-fought path to total liberation.
Blue Sky Orphan
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The West Cork Trilogy., Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,300. Language: British English. Published: December 23, 2012. Category: Fiction
Emma Montgomery lives in rural West Cork but travels the world as a Captain-pilot working for a corporate jet charter company. Her early life was marked by abuse but Emma found escape and healing playing in the blue sky.
Beauty's Price
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The West Cork Trilogy., Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,640. Language: British English. Published: December 23, 2012. Category: Fiction
Beauty’s Price continues Regan’s story from Surviving Beauty. Love’s power to heal is tested and Regan, Mary and David face the greatest challenge of their young lives. Can they pay beauty’s price?
Surviving Beauty
By David Rory O'Neill
Series: The West Cork Trilogy., Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 128,020. Language: British English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction
Regan was just seven years old when her mystical beauty became a curse rather than a gift.
The Prairie Companions
By David Rory O'Neill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 134,650. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction
A stunning evocation of a unique time and place—and a powerfully moving story of courage, commitment, love, loss, and endurance—this unforgettable saga follows two extraordinary young women from their boarding school in Victorian England to the North American wilderness.

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