Diane O'Neill is a lifelong Chicago writer:
- She holds a BA in Writing/English with honors from Columbia College and an MFA in Creative Writing with distinction from National University.
- She is a MOOC (massive open online course) groupie. Since completing "How Writers Write Poetry 2015" (International Writing Program, University of Iowa), ten of her poems have been published, and one won an award.
- She belongs to SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and KIDSCRIT critique group.
- Since 2020, she's enjoyed attending virtual writing sessions with the Office of Modern Composition, the Chicago Writers Circle, Shut Up and Write, and the London Writers' Salon.
- In her personal life, she loves walks, Zoom chats with friends, playing Sudoku, and having her son and his fiancée over for pizza and Harry Potter movies. When COVID is more controlled, she looks forward to hosting Game Days for family and friends again.
- She's very proud of her son and her future daughter-in-law, who are both school social workers.
- She resides with two eccentric cats, Daisy and Mini.
- Some favorite books: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Together Tea by Marjan Kamali, the Gethsemane Brown mysteries by Alexia Gordon, and the Leonid McGill mysteries by Walter Mosley.