J.R. O'Neill was born in Malden MA in 1959, the only son of a self-employed oil man and a stay at home mom. Early in life he found a love of reading and exploring. Moving to Peabody MA at the age of seven, he attended Veterans Memorial High, majoring in English literature and drafting. His architectural accomplishments include many custom luxury homes in New Hampshire's White Mountains as well as in Cape Cod. Called to South Carolina after hurricane Hugo, J.R. designed and built the Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Hannahan SC. Now living on the west coast of Florida he resides with his loving wife Vikki, and a temperamental cat named Squishy. His first novel, a series called "Shadow Force" is now available on amazon.com.