Patricia L O’Neill was born in Chicago and earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her career as an academic scientist took her to universities throughout the U.S. and to the remotest deserts of Africa.
In 1986 she moved to Australia to continue her scientific research and began writing science articles for Australian magazines. After winning several national awards for her short fiction, she decided to write full time, and concentrated on historical fiction so she could combine creative writing, research skills and a scientist’s eye for unsolved mysteries. The enigma of the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut ignited a passion for ancient Egypt which culminated in Her Majesty the King, which won the NSW Writers’ Centre & New Holland Publishers Genre Fiction Award for 2008.
Patricia is an Executive of the Ancient Egypt Society of Western Australia, where she lectures on Egyptian history and teaches hieroglyphics; she also belongs to The Western Australian Museum Centre for Ancient Egyptian Studies, The Australian Centre for Egyptology, The American Research Centre in Egypt and the Egypt Exploration Society. Patricia is the science columnist for Aurealis Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction. Patricia lives in the hills outside Perth, Western Australia.
Patricia L O'Neill was born in Chicago and earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1986 she moved to Australia to continue her scientific research and began writing science articles for Australian magazines. After winning several national awards for her [...]
The tale of Anthony and Cleopatra’s love and conquest was, and always will be a riveting tale but the survival of Hatshepsut and her commoner proves to be even greater story. Her Majesty the King is a beautifully written and delightfully paced historical novel that will give you strength.
When questions begin to linger whether she is the rightful heir to the throne of Egypt, Hatshepsut must undertake a personal journey of further self discovery where the world of Egypt is ruled by men, not a female king. For the love of her country, Hatshepsut risks her own life and limb on so many occasions that her soldiers begin to accept her as one of them and not a female king who hides behind the curtains. And what better way to prove that she is the chosen one and a descendent from the god himself than to wage war on a rebellion and to march with her army.
In The Eye of Re, Hatshepsut pushes the boundaries of her reign as pharaoh of Egypt, with an expedition to the land of Punt, to prove her worth to those who still doubt her; Hatshepsut’s courage will leave you breathless. A breath taking journey into a world that once was, an astonishing recreation of events and a mother’s love will leave you reaching for the tissue box.