Stephen O’Connor is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, where much of his writing is set.
He is the author of a collection of short stories, Smokestack Lightning, 2010, and two novels. The Spy in the City of Books, 2011, is a historical novel set in Lowell, and in WWII France, and based in part on interviews with a former operative for the OSS who served in occupied France. The Witch at Rivermouth, 2014, has been described as “a cerebral mystery.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lucinda Franks called it, “rich, eerie and intriguing.”
O’Connor has published stories in The Massachusetts Review, The Houston Literary Review,Lodestone Journal, Dimeshow Review, Sobotka, and elsewhere. His story “The Hipster’s Hopper” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; “Work, Music and Love” won the Helen Literary Award for Best Short Story; “St. Lucy’s Day” received special mention in a contest in the British Open Road Review.
He is currently seeking a publisher for an ‘Amis-esque’ comic novel entitled This Is No Time to Quit Drinking.