Mark O'Neill

Mark O'Neill is a British freelance writer and published fiction author of spy fiction. He lives in Würzburg, Germany with his wife and crazy dog.

He now works as a tech writer for dozens of sites, as well as a copywriter, ghostwriter, and consultant for dozens of businesses worldwide. He is also the creator and author of the fictional Department 89 spy thriller series.


Mark has been writing since the age of 10 and published since the age of 14. He started writing for the web in 2004 and has worked for a multitude of tech websites. From 2007 to 2013, he was the managing editor of He wrote an eBay industry column from 2004-2005, got published in multiple print publications, worked for sites such as PC Magazine and Lifehacker, and even found time to become an English teacher to German students.

No, he doesn't sleep much.


Mark went to journalism college straight after school where he learned the basics of being a good journalist and picked up the requisite skills to get publications to look at him. Nevertheless, nothing beats real-world experience.

Mark has done freelance work for several British newspapers, worked for a BBC radio youth show, and appeared in a BBC television programme about journalism. Thankfully, the programme has disappeared without a trace.

Mark O'Neill

"Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it. Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again." - Steve Jobs


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