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, and she participates regularly in MISSING VOICE, a Facebook discussion group that promotes diverse picture books.
- She works full time as a curriculum designer and writer.
- In her personal life, she enjoys scribbling at her friendly neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts, swimming at the Y, and hosting Game Days for friends and family, and she's proud of her son who's a school social worker.
- 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, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, and the Leonid McGill mysteries by Walter Mosley.