When I was a patrolman, my partners teased me as I took notes about everything. "What are you, some kinda Hemingway?" Hardly, but my immediate hero was Joseph Wambaugh, another cop-turned-writer.
When I became a homicide detective, I realized this is what I was meant to write about. It took a while, learning the craft of fiction writing, until my first novel was ready. GRIM REAPER (Zebra Books, 1988) was lauded by critics for the hyper-realistic portrayal of homicide work here in New Orleans.
Although I've remained a low-list writer, my books have garnered a following and some critical praise. I just wish they would garner more money, but maybe when I grow up …
With the help of mentors Harlan Ellison and George Alec Effinger, who literally taught me how to write a short story, I've had over 150 short stories published in nearly every genre from mystery to children's fiction, mainstream fiction, suspense, romance, religious, fantasy, science-fiction, horror, historical, erotica and westerns.
Subsequent published novels include: THE BIG KISS (Zebra Books, 1990), BLUE ORLEANS (Zebra Books, 1991), CRESCENT CITY KILLS (Zebra Books, 1992), THE BIG SHOW (Pontalba Press, 1998) and HOLLOW POINT / THE MYSTERY OF ROCHELLE MARAIS (Gryphon Double Novel, 2000). My published works include a short story collection, LaSTANZA: NEW ORLEANS POLICE STORIES (Pontalba Press, 1999). I adapted a short story from this collection, which was filmed and televised in New Orleans in 2001.
My short stories have appeared in dozens of magazines including: AMERICAN WAY, In-flight Magazine of American Airlines; HEMISPHERES, In-flight Magazine of United Airlines; ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE; MARY HIGGINS CLARK MYSTERY MAGAZINE; NEW MYSTERY MAGAZINE; HARDBOILED; PULPHOUSE FICTION MAGAZINE; MESSENGER OF THE SACRED HEART (Canada), CRIMEWAVE (England) and ASIMOV'S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE. My stories have appeared in anthologies including CONSTABLE NEW CRIMES 2; GOLLANCZ NEW CRIMES; LOUISIANA LITERATURE QUARTERLY; FLESH & BLOOD: DARK DESIRES; THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF LEGAL THRILLERS; THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF HISTORICAL EROTICA; THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SHORT EROTIC NOVELS; NOVA SF (Italy); THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW EROTICA; EROTIC NEW ORLEANS; Hot Blood Series (HOT BLOOD 8: KISS AND KILL, HOT BLOOD X and HOT BLOOD 11: FATAL ATTRACTIONS); and SOUTH FROM MIDNIGHT (Anthology of the 1994 World Fantasy Convention).
My stories have been published in Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Scotland and Sweden.
Along the way I've also written a true-crime book, SPECIFIC INTENT (Pinnacle Books, 1993) and edited two fiction magazines, MYSTERY STREET and NEW ORLEANS STORIES.
I have stories forthcoming in the following magazines and anthologies:
"A Gathering at Lake St. Catherine" in ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE.
"Bet the Devil" in CRIMESTALKER CASEBOOK Magazine.
"Except for the Ghosts" in CRIMESTALKER CASEBOOK Magazine.
"So Napoleon Almost Slept Here, Right?" in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF FUTURE CRIME Anthology.
"The Iberville Mistress" in FLESH & BLOOD III Anthology.
"General Order No. 28" in ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE.
"Nude in Magenta" a short story collaboration with Debra Gray De Noux, in HOT BLOOD 11: FATAL ATTRACTIONS Anthology.
"Popcorn for Christmas" a short story collaboration with Debra Gray De Noux, in CHRISTMAS STORIES FROM LOUISIANA Anthology
"Flying Lady Diner"a short story collaboration with Debra Gray De Noux, in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ROAD TALES Anthology.
Currently, I teach mystery writing at the University of New Orleans and live with my wife, writer-editor Debra Gray De Noux, in suburban New Orleans. My favorite writers are Elmore Leonard, Thomas Harris, Kate Wilhelm, Max Allan Collins, Marcia Mueller and Harlan Ellison. I have recently acquired a passion for historical fiction, my favorite writers include Bartle Bull, Adam Hardy (Kenneth Bulmer), Alexander Kent (Douglas Reeman), Dewey Lambdin, James L. Nelson, Dudley Pope and Jeff Shaara.
My typical day starts at six a.m. I have a day job, working in computer graphics. After a nine-and-a-half hour shift, I go home to work on my writing, on-and-off until midnight. It is during these hours I interact with my wife and two children as much as I can.
Weekends are spent with my family, although I do steal time to write and maintain my writing career, interacting with my agent (who is trying to sell my newest novels, as well as two screenplays) and submitting stories to magazines and anthologies.
Writing is a tough business, harder than law enforcement. When I was a homicide detective, I never solved a murder by myself. When you write, you write alone.
But I wouldn't do anything else.
You can reach O'Neil De Noux at email@example.com.
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