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David O'Neal
I began writing when I was eight years old. Back then, I could barely print and hardly make sentences, but I knew what they meant, and I may have been the only one. A lot has happened since then. Writing professionally began in the summer of 1994. By the first week of December, I had the first... show more

I began writing when I was eight years old. Back then, I could barely print and hardly make sentences, but I knew what they meant, and I may have been the only one. A lot has happened since then. Writing professionally began in the summer of 1994. By the first week of December, I had the first draft of my first novel. Those were happy days. That was the dream of so many people, to write a novel, and I had done it. Little did I know the toughest work of all was just beginning, the rewrites.Fourteen rewrites and over three years were needed to finally get it published. That happened in early 1998. It got easier from there. At first, I was doing what became known as "The Dying Game Trilogy".A few years later, when a fourth one was published, that idea got dropped. Today, those four novels are called "The Doug Carlson Thriller Series". All four mass-market paperback novels have been available on Amazon from the very beginning and also available through most major bookstores. Starting in late 2009, each one was released as a Kindle Edition and updated by the author as a second edition.Currently, David has a number of writing projects in-progress. The one closest to a publication date is entitled, "Jessica and the Four Secrets", and it was completed in April, 2010 as a screenplay. It's completion as a novel is still pending with a flexible release date. Here's the log-line for the movie version: "With two sorcerers, a 10-year-old girl leaps into a medieval battle, where even using magic, everyone has to fight." It's a story involving an unusual adult world of war as seen and experienced through the eyes of innocence.Early discussions of this work brought up many questions. Particularly, is this anything like "Harry Potter"? Absolutely not! It's a very different kind of story with a uniquely different experience for readers and for the viewing audience.Update 05-14-2011: Part Two of Jessica's ongoing story is now in development. The working title is "Jessica and the Medicine Woman". As Jessica continues learning the practice of magic from Jules and Sal, an incredible accident happens; she is lost somewhere in time. While both sorcerers scramble to find her, back in the present, they become suspects in her disappearance, and a parallel story involving her family explodes into a frantic race against time to locate their abducted 11 year old daughter.
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