Thriller Writer Tj O'Connor

Published! My Debut Novel out in 2013!

Feb 10, 2013

Unbelievable! It’s here. It happened… thank you Kimberley Cameron!

After years of very early mornings, late nights, and weekends stealing time for writing, this is the email I’ve waited a lifetime to send. I have just been offered a deal with Midnight Ink book publishers for a three-book publishing contract beginning with Dying To Know, my first murder mystery. The book should come out in late 2013 or early 2014 in paperback.

My agent, Kimberley Cameron, will be making a public announcement next week and Midnight Ink will go to publication as soon as the details are signed. This is moving fast and has taken me by surprise. Soonest I have details, I’ll let you know. For now, you can check my web site at, my agent’s site,, and my publisher at for a peek behind the curtain.  I’ll also be updating my Facebook at new details emerge. Believe me, all these sites and postings are new to me so be patient—I am! It’s taken me 52 years to get here; a few more months won’t kill me!

For those of you just tuning in, let me give you the thumbnail sketch…. I’ve been writing since I was in grade school but got serious about ten years ago. I’ve spent my life building career and family and decided it was time to do what I’ve wanted to my entire life—become an author. I’ve written six novels to date—three thrillers and three murder mysteries. Kimberley represents my mysteries. She signed me to her agency two years ago with Dying To Know, and since then, she has taken on New Sins for Old Scores. I’ll soon be wrapping up The Killing of Tyler Quinn for her review next.

Midnight Ink is a publisher focused on mysteries and thrillers and I’m thrilled to be asked to join their stable of authors. They’re excited about my work and are pushing ahead fast. While I won’t be quitting my day job as a swashbuckling security consultant, it’s a chance that is nearly impossible these days for a new writer to find.

Still, I have no idea what the future will bring after Dying To Know is released (flop or success), but here we go….

Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Hell, tell the damn dog and mailman and everyone at the grocery store, the gym, work, passing on the street…blog it, Facebook it, send notes in bottles… But tell everyone to BUY THE DAMN THING when it comes out. BUY THREE!!!!! No… five (six if they have a dog)!

If nothing else, I’ll get a nice book to frame on my wall… and with some luck and hard work, maybe more. Stayed tuned and thanks!

Very best to all,



I first fell in love with writing while in grade school and over the years continued to dabble with characters and stories whenever life allowed. Lately, I've focused my energy on pursuing this dream—interrupted only by life as a security consultant and the demands of two Labrador retrievers.

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