Mark O'Neill's Podcast Appearances

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Podcasts that Mark O'Neill has been a guest in or has been mentioned in.
  1. Mark O'Neill's Heroin is an utter *****! Join us as we talk about PANTSERS vs OUTLINERS and why female ASSASSINS are awesome!
  2. Mark is a Scotsman now living in Würzburg, Germany. He is a former technology journalist, with past experience working for newspapers, magazines, and websites. In a previous life, he was a Jack-of-all-trades, including being a government civil servant, working in hotels, travelling around Europe and working as a civilian employee on a US Army base here in Würzburg.DID I MENTION?- Check out my interview on the Roadtreking Podcast: a writer's retreat that can take you places! Check out my RV, now for rent via Outdoorsy, at!Cover your nakedness and your shame with a Written World Tee, now with 100% more Kevin words! to Wordslinger Press, pick up Writing a Better Book DescriptionPick up a copy of Kevin Tumlinson's newest Dan Kotler archaeological thriller The Girl in the Mayan Tomb - ONLINE:Website(s): markoneill.orgTwitter handle(s): @markoneillFacebook: Author page: WEEK’S INDIE PUBLISHING NEWSBrought to you by Draft2Digital- Walmart and Microsoft team up to fight Amazon - Bad Romance - Trademark on Cover Design - FOR SOME COOL T-SHIRTS WITH WHICH TO HIDE YOUR NAKED SHAME? Now you can get T-shirts with stuff I wrote on ‘em. Just hit to browse and buy!--THIS EPISODE OF THE WORDSLINGER PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY:Written World Writer’s Retreat - Rent a writer’s retreat that goes wherever you want to go. Check out my listing on Outdoorsy for the perfect writer’s retreat—my 38’ luxury motor coach! Go to for details.Draft2Digital—Convert, publish, and distribute your book worldwide, with support the whole way. Press—This is your chance to start your indie author career right. Pick up books and other products to help you build and grow a successful writing career. Start growing at http://wordslingerpodcast.comSupport this show: Subscribe and share!Support us on Patreon: something up to read that will be tough to put down—Archeological Thrillers, Science Fiction, YA Fantasy and more, at A QUESTION FOR KEVIN AND HIS GUESTS?CALL 281-809-WORD (9673)
  3. For a change of pace, I’ve interviewed two authors this week, Al Lane and Mark O-Brien.  Al lives in England and Mark lives in Germany. One writes and performs poetry, the other pens spy thrillers. Enjoy. Al Lane I met Al a couple years ago when I took part in the A-Z blog challenge, which involves posting every day of the month on one theme, with titles going A-Z. He wrote hilarious post-apocalyptic zombie haiku while I wrote about mythological beasts. Show Notes Al got hooked on rhyming poetry, reading stories to his first son started writing picture books, loved the writing and the people moved onto poetry from there, and on to performing poetry has two books published: The Lane Less Travelled, a small anthology of this work that he hands out at gigs, and Haiku of the Dead, which is available on Amazon (see below) he writes prose, poetry, flash fiction and screenplays Top Piece of Advice Just go out and try things. Never be afraid of trying something new. Bio “I’ve no agenda to push, unless you count a belief that poetry should be a universal communicator and not confined to elites full of smug self-congratulation. Poetry should be fun, as well as have a heart… that is what I strive for. Uplifting nonsense that makes you think…” (from his website)       Haiku of the Dead Haiku of the Dead, the essential guide to surviving the rise of the zombies in glorious technicolor haiku with dollops of humour, is available globally from Amazon – just amend the specific Amazon bit of the web address in the links below if you’re not in the UK or US, or search for Alistair Lane (there’s only one of me, it seems!):       UK US – Pictures of Al Performing Contacts A Certain Point of View (his website and blog) Or on youtube Mark O’Neill loves writing spy thrillers connects with several Facebook writing groups started off publishing exclusively on Amazon, but has gone wide and is growing sales around the world eclectic reader One Piece of Advice …from Hemingway, “Write drunk, edit sober.” The Renegade Spy A Deadly Assassin Is After The German ChancellorGerman Intelligence officer Captain Sophie Decker has a reputation for refusing to play by the rules. This has made her enemies in her own service. But when an informant reveals a plot to assassinate the German Chancellor, Decker is assigned to protect the chancellor and kill the assassin. She seems perfect, someone who will do whatever it takes to get the job done. But Decker has never had an opponent like the legendary Scorpion. He is relentless and ruthless, a faceless killer with an almost superhuman ability to disappear without a trace. Wherever he goes, he leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Bringing down the Scorpion will require precision, teamwork, and an ability to finesse the system – skills that a maverick like Decker don’t normally use. This time though, Decker’s rebelliousness could cost the Chancellor her life. Bio Mark O’Neill is a British award-winning fiction author now living in Würzburg, Germany. He is the creator of the acclaimed Department 89 spy thriller series and the Scorpion novels. He has won Bookworks’ “Book Of The Week” and the Readers Choice Awards 2018. His book “Operation Eternal Vengeance” has been nominated for the Readers Choice Awards 2019. Contact Info – links are there to each book and each sales platform. Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: How to support this podcast: Want to know more about the podcast. My weekly newsletter delivers information about the latest episode and gives two writing tips every Tuesday. Click here to sign up.  
  4. In this episode Mark interviews Mark O'Neill a writer of German spy thrillers who has released more than a dozen books in his Department 89 spy thriller series in the past couple of years after spending thirty years passionate about writing. Prior to the interview, Mark talks about a Twitter comment from Rachel Amphlett regarding episode 78. He also thanks Patrons of the show who support it via Mark also shares a personal update about receiving his annual royalty statement and cheque from one of his publishers, referring to it as "Schrodinger's Envelope" - before the envelope is opened it is both larger than and small than last year's at the same time. This episode is sponsored by Findaway Voices . . . You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at   In their conversation Mark and Mark talk about: Mark's background in writing via journalism and a life-long passion until he encountered Mark Dawson who opened his eyes to the self-publishing side of things The value of the introduction to self-publishing course that Mark Dawson taught The reasoning behind setting his spy thrillers in Germany as well as making the lead character a strong female spy Mark's contacts in the police, embassy and military that have been helpful for research in his novels The concept of Mark's thrillers not being for those who want 100% accuracy but are there to enjoy the escape and fantasy of a novel that is just an entertaining romp The importance of not focusing on Captain Sophie Decker, the main character, as a sex object, but as a specialist and capable professional regardless of being male or female A bit of the backstory of how Decker created Department 89 The different English and German media programs that Mark might have been partially inspired by when writing this series The German translations that Mark has produced for the first two books in the series A little about the difference in the German market as compared to the North America and UK markets The media page that Mark has on his author website What Mark would go back and tell his younger writer self about what he has learned in the past two years   Links of Interest Mark O'Neill's Website Mark's Media Kit Mark Dawson's Self Publishing Formula Courses Episode 51 - Interview with Rachel Amphlett Findaway Voices Stark Reflections Survey Patreon for Stark Reflections   Mark is a 40-something Scotsman, now living the expatriate lifestyle in Würzburg, Germany. He has been writing in one form or another for the past 30 years. However, he is now an independently published fiction writer, currently working on the Department 89 espionage novels starring the female spy Captain Sophie Decker, protecting the German state. The first D89 book, "The Renegade Spy" was downloaded more than 4,000 times in the first 4 weeks. Plots have been outlined for up to 20 Department 89 novels. The first book, "The Renegade Spy" has received rave reviews, with one reviewer comparing Sophie Decker to the female version of Bruce Willis's character, John McClaine, in the Die Hard movies.   The music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  

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