IMGP1584Lucinda O’Neill is the author of the indie novel Almost Right with the World, published in 2016. Her inspirations for the novel were her many years of “almost right” romantic relationships and her longstanding membership in a book club that once fantasized about writing a salacious novel about the town Board of Selectmen.

Lucinda knew she wanted to be a novelist at an early age. Her first story was a chapter book. As a teenager, she wrote several novels (still in a carton on the top shelf of a closet) and dreamed of having a runaway bestseller. At the age of 17, she won third prize in Seventeen magazine’s annual short story contest. She spent the next several decades contemplating the perils of early fame while supporting herself as a bookkeeper, editor, and freelance writer. Her short story “Eleanor Castlemaine” appeared in The Larcom Review in 2000, and she was a finalist in the 1998 Phoebe Fiction Awards for her story “Paris on the Merrimack.”

Lucinda graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in English.

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She currently spends her nights and weekends in a beach hideaway in eastern Massachusetts, where she is at work on her next novel.