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General Information

Name:  Philip William Kunz  

Pen Name: Re`al "Bull" Oney, Phil Kunz

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction Romance

Born: 1946 in East Alton, Illinois


Illinois Connection

I am a Midwest baby boomer, born in East Alton, Illinois, but call several cities my home. I lived in Smithton, Illinois(1950-1959) as a boy, moved to Waterloo, Illinois,(1959-1962) then finished my high school in Freeburg (1964). I spent nearly 30 years as an Illinois State trooper , in District#3, Desplains,Illinois then transfered to Maryville D#11 most of which was patroling in St. Clair and Clinton County, near Carlyle, Illinois, my retirement home.

Biographical and Professional Information

I have written eighteen books of fiction and used the pen name of Re`al "Bull" Oney as a laugher to my skills as a writer. I attended Kilgore College in Texas and later Southern Illinois University Carbondale, prior entering law enforcement. I used my Illinois experiences as a pathway to my stories.

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