WHO AM I? A POTTED HISTORY OF MARK O'NEILL

mark o'neillFrom the time I left full-time education in 1993, to when I became self-employed in 2004, I was a jack-of-all-trades, doing a bit of this and a bit of that. Living life. I worked in hotels, restaurants, debt collection, the Scottish Government, the US Army (as a civilian contractor), a Dutch bulb picker, a French au-pair, an English teacher in Poland, and selling insurance in Scotland (didn’t last long at that!). I even dressed up as an ice-cream cone in Amsterdam to advertise an ice-cream shop (badly paid, but lots of fun.)

I have been a freelance technology writer since 2004 when I wrote a regular eBay column for AuctionBytes (now renamed eCommerceBytes). I also contributed articles to the now-defunct Bookologist, Google Tutor, and a few other sites now lost to time (although you could probably find them on the Wayback Machine). Then came a couple of years of English teaching work before MakeUseOf asked me in 2007 to become the managing editor. I remained in that position till 2013.

From 2013 to 2016, I remained at MakeUseOf as a senior contributor, but I then branched out into other clients and other areas of writing expertise. I have become an expert at cyber-technology and online privacy, online marketing, and online business. I was the Content Management Director for Quiet Light, and a contributing writer to outlets such as LifehackerNowSourcingGroovyPostLifewireTrendblogSmall Business TrendsPC WorldOnline Tech Tips (managing editor), Help Desk Geek (managing editor), Switching to Mac (managing editor), and XDA. I am now a writer and how-to editor for Android Authority, and a self-publishing consultant.

In 2017, I decided to realise a dream of mine and start to self-publish my own spy fiction novels. With multiple books now published under the O’Neill Media and Obsessed with Books publishing imprints, I have received rave reviews for my Department 89 series and Scorpion series, with customers comparing me to Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, and Mark Dawson.

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