About Me

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Stephanie Jane O'Neil

Hi there! My name is Stephanie O’Neil, and I’m a 23-year-old author from South Wales. My debut novella Picture Not So Perfect is out November 19th. I wrote it in 26 days during the month of August. I’ve also written a 70k word novel, which I’m currently querying. 

 

Here’s some unknown facts about me:

 

  • I’m hard of hearing. I had a head injury when I was about 2 years old, which resulted in me losing all my hearing in my right ear, and losing half in my left.

  • As a result of the above incident, I learnt BSL (British Sign Language) fluently. Pretty cool, huh? 

  • I lost my mother at 8. This is where I got my inspiration for my Christmas novella, Picture Not So Perfect! (Although, I’ve always LOVED Christmas). 

  • I have 4 siblings, and I’m a non-identical twin. 

 

I fell in love with books when I started Comprehensive school. I would go to the library and take out fantasy books like Twilight, Vampire Academy and, of course, Harry Potter. This love of books led me to write fantasy stories.

I fell in love with script writing and creative writing whilst studying in College before achieving a scholarship to study at Aberystwyth University. This is where I truly developed my writing skills and developed a deeper appreciation for the written word, and started writing about real-life issues. While studying in Aberystwyth I started writing the novel I’m querying (keep your eyes peeled). I left university with a Bachelors degree in English Literature, and a Diploma in Proofreading and Editing. 

 

Future plans:

 

  • Become a full-time writer

  • Have a book (or many books) turn into films. 

  • Develop a writing community

  • Publish hundreds of books

  • Open a book-store / coffee shop