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 has worked in the field of disability rights and services for most of her professional life.
- 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 her daughter-in-law over for pizza and Harry Potter movies. And she loves hosting Game Days for family and friends!
- She's very proud of her son and her daughter-in-law, who are both school social workers.
- She resides with two eccentric cats, Mini and Ronny. She misses Daisy.
- 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.