Wednesday, 13 November 2013

#WW WOW Wednesday: Arlene O'Neill

Hi guys and girls! Welcome to WOW Wednesday. My 11th guest is Arlene O'Neillauthor of Broken Spokes
an autobiographical tale of determination and couragewhich you can grab right now for 99c/75p! 
What's it all about, I hear you ask? Well, read on to find out more about the novel and this talented writer...

Broken Spokes is more than a well-written, interesting read. It is an inspirational collection of the memories of a courageous child who, in spite of physical and emotional suffering, grew into a compassionate, loving and valiant woman. Crippled at age six, the author begins an odyssey that will consume her entire life. Through her sufferings, she finds a way to heal others, and in doing so, saves herself.

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All about Arlene R. O'Neil (pictured with her son, Sgt Tanner)

“Writing is what lights me up,” states Arlene R. O'Neil. “Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life; to take the reader with me on a journey word by word; to touch a reader, whether through laughter or tears.” Her current book, Broken Spokes, refers to broken bones, a broken bike and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. O’Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a soldier on active duty. O'Neil says, “My son, Sgt Tanner O’Neil, is a member of the United States Army, and the joy, pride and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experiences with other parents in the hope of lessening their fears.” Sgt O’Neil recently returned from his 5th combat tour.

Currently, Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches and Frosty. “These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly.”

Aside from writing, supporting her son while he is deployed and caring for her animals, Arlene lives on 3½ acres of land, which she and her beloved animals enjoy. An author, editor and proofreader, Arlene R. O'Neil may be contacted at


Review snippets from Amazon US

Ranking 4.9 out of 5 stars from 48 reviews

“One of the best books I’ve read! As a little girl she had the courage and determination to overcome 
the hurdles put before her. As an adult more tragedies were thrown at her and she overcame those as well. 
She is definitely a survivor!” 
Toni Stancliff

“This book is a heartfelt, real tale of one woman’s triumph over near tragedy. Ms. O’Neil writes with an honest voice, pulling the reader into the shoes in which she once walked. Through all of the trials and tribulations of 
her life, O’Neil never gives up, and ultimately her broken spokes form a circle of life. 
If you love stories, true ones, about overcoming obstacles, this is a must read!” 

“Wow, someone recommended this book to me and when I saw the $2.99 Kindle price, I said, ‘Well, it’s cheaper than a cup of Starbucks coffee – I'll give it a shot.’ I was up half the night and finished it in the morning... 
I have downloaded several ‘best sellers’ lately and was unable to finish them.” 

 Thanks for reading - look out for another WOW writer next Wednesday!
Happy reading & writing! :) 


  1. This book took my breath away. It literally took the wind out of my lungs. It was a difficult story not to get emotionally wrapped into. I am so grateful to Arlene for showing me such kindness and generosity. She deserves all the praise and more. She and her book Broken Spokes is an inspiration. Beautiful page Vickie!

    1. Thanks, it's a book that's waiting for me on my kindle :) Fascinating that it's a biog!


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