Interview with Sean O’Neil, Author of The Omega Variant


What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Omega Variant?

The story is based on the biggest story in the world over the last two years, Covid. The book jumps three years ahead, when the world has put Covid in the rear view mirror, or at least it thought it had. The core of the story revolves around a highly contagious, and very deadly variant which evolves. The world, and America are overrun by the virus. America becomes spilt by politics and belief and slowly slips into civil war. As conflict grows, a dark, unearthly, shadow appears.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Omega Variant, what would they be?

Sympathy for the Devil. Read the book and find out why!

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Lord of the Rings is what got me into reading. I then grew up on Science Fiction as a youngster. I’ve read pretty much  everything Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov every wrote. I eventually moved on to Stephen King, and then action/thriller writers like Clive Cussler and Dan Brown. My twelve books are all thrillers. I have some that are romantic thrillers, some horror dystopian, and some supernatural.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I’ve been so busy working on the book, and the associated film script that I haven’t had much reading time of late. I am in the process of looking at what to read next. Likely it will be either apocalyptic or action/thriller.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I love the various dream themes throughout the book, but my personal favorite scene is the exchange between the president and the Gray Man.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I prefer to write in the afternoons, and at night. I also travel extensively when I write.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I do, Break Free.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

That we are living in dangerous time, because of the destruction of truth, and the lack of wilingess to understand and work together.

 

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