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The Hanging Girl

Trust No One. Deceive Everyone.

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge, her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy: no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life.

But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

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Bio

Short Bio

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, THE HANGING GIRL, came out in October 2017. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.

Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Longer Bio

Eileen Cook grew up in a small town in Michigan, but would go on to live in Boston and Belgium before settling in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two very naughty dogs.

In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first go on to pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.

Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year.

When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.)

Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing/editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for the Simon Fraser University The Writer’s Studio.

Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Books

The Hanging Girl

Trust No One. Deceive Everyone.

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge, her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy: no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life.

But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

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With Malice

In the tradition of Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this gripping, addictive thriller will blow you away.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident...wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Two friends, an exotic foreign location, the potential for revenge and jealousy, and an accident that looks like it might have been murder. It didn’t matter what the truth was - what mattered was that it was fun to talk about.

A gripping and addictive read that grabs the reader and yanks them into a world where nothing is what it seems and where everyone is a suspect. You won’t believe how it ends.

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Remember

A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost... or remove what she wants to forget.

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protestors. Her father runs the company that trademarked the “Memtex” procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn’t be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life...

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Year of Mistaken Discoveries

Friendship is a bond stronger than secrets.

"Cook combines friendship drama, boy troubles, romance, family conflict, and college application stress with a protagonist trying to understand who she really is in the wake of tragedy." - Publisher’s Weekly

"Cook delves into some interesting questions about what is really important in life as well as the challenges associated with self-discovery and determining how far you’ll go to get what you want." - Booklist

"An insightful, entertaining exploration of the impact of a suicide" - Kirkus

"Eileen Cook returns with Year of Mistaken Discoveries, a romantic tragi-comedy from the perspective of the most popular–often most hated–girl in high school: the cheerleader… Year of Mistaken Discoveries is provoking, fast-paced entertainment, and Cook successfully tackles some tough issues with a very light touch." - Readerly, The National Reading Campaign

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The Almost Truth

How many lies does it take to break a heart?

"The puzzle of Ava’s disappearance adds a compelling element to the story, and although this book isn’t marketed as a mystery, it’s just as well plotted as those of Caroline Cooney or Gail Giles. Also, readers will immediately understand that there’s a fierce attraction smoldering in the buddy-buddy relationship between Sadie and Brendan: all it takes is a handsome stranger to bring passion to full blaze. Recommend to fans of Laura Barnholdt or Maureen Johnson." - Booklist

"Cook has written several novels and even in this brief, easy read, her writing experience really shows. She’s able to craft realistic characters with believable problems and reactions. Even though Sadie is in a tough situation that I would find very unpleasant, Cook’s writing is witty and uplifting." - The Examiner

"The Almost Truth is one of those kind-of-perfectly-done books that only come up once in awhile. Sadie's story is so well-drawn, so perfectly paced, so twisty-turny...without being cheesy or cliche. This is how you do a YA contemporary novel." - Mostly YA Lit Review

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Used to Be

The Education of Hailey Kendrick and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood bundled together

Praise for The Education of Hailey Kendrick:

".. enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read.....the highest quality-like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat." - Kirkus Starred Review

"Cook coaxes considerable empathy for the otherwise privileged Hailey as she abandons the achievement treadmill to explore her independence." - Publishers Weekly

Praise for Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood:

"Her management of the popularity game deftly reveals how brittle it can be, particularly when being popular isn't coupled with actually being liked." - The Bulletin, Center for Children's Books

"I'd almost like to see a follow-up book with these characters - getting revenge has never been so much fun!" - Teens Read Too

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Do or Di

He’s not your average prince, but then, she’s no princess...

Erin Callighan has given up on the idea of a fairy tale romance, she’s letting go of the idea of Prince Charming and settling for Prince Good Enough. Erin’s focused on reaching her dream of having her own talk radio show. To score points with her station manager, she agrees to mentor Diana, a troubled pre-teen who swears she’s channeling the spirit of the late Princess Diana.

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Unraveling Isobel

"Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious." - Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

"Ideal for readers who like their stories supernatural but their dream guys human." - The Bulletin

"Spine-tingling setting…Isobel’s sass and her steamy romance with her new stepbrother will help readers race toward the dramatic conclusion." - Publishers Weekly

"This blend of paranormal romance, murder mystery and quirky, coming-of-age narrative offers tasty moments…Cook gives readers a fast-paced plot, a likable narrator, and interesting characters." - Kirkus

"Isobel, all snark and sharp edges covering some intense vulnerability as she continuously checks in to see if she has crossed into mental illness (as her father did when she was young), is a compelling narrator." - Horn Book Magazine

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The Education of Hailey Kendrick

Sometimes what you don't know is everything.

".. enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read.....the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat." - Kirkus Starred Review

"Cook coaxes considerable empathy for the otherwise privileged Hailey as she abandons the achievement treadmill to explore her independence." - Publishers Weekly

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Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

This time the mean girl is going down.

"Her management of the popularity game deftly reveals how brittle it can be, particularly when being popular isn't coupled with actually being liked." - The Bulletin, Center for Children's Books

"I'd almost like to see a follow-up book with these characters - getting revenge has never been so much fun!" - Teens Read Too

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What Would Emma Do?

Thou shall not kiss thy best-friend's boyfriend...

"Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud." - Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead

"Cook keeps this book fresh with her smart and sassy protagonist." - School Library Journal

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Unpredictable

She's no psychic - but she can fake it if she has to.

"One of the best new voices in Women's Fiction" - Jennifer Crusie NYT bestselling author

"Destined to climb on top of the bestseller lists." - Romantic Times

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Fourth Grade Fairy

Be careful what you wish for.

"Kids will love the fairy magic, talking animals, and hilarious mix-ups. Recommend to fans of Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones." - School Library Journal

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Contact

To reach Eileen about her books or discuss speaking engagements, school visits or editorial services:

eileen@eileencook.com

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Publicist

Mickey Mikkelson of Creative Edge

mickey.creativeedge@gmail.com

Literary Agent

Eileen is represented by the divine Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Agency

barbara@irenegoodman.com

Publicist

HMH Publicity US and International

Leila Meglio

Leila.Meglio@hmhco.com

In Canada Raincoast Books

Fernanda Viverios

fernanda@raincoast.com

Speaking & Editing

On Eileen’s speaking experience

 

Speaking and Teaching

Eileen is an experienced and popular speaker. She’s presented for schools, conferences, libraries, and writing groups across Canada and the United States and for groups ranging in size from ten to three hundred. In addition, she is an instructor/mentor for Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio working with writers from around the world. Workshops can be modified for your group and the age range of the participants.

Downloadable flyer: School Visits

Fees

To be negotiated. Please contact Eileen (eileen@eileencook.com) with details regarding the number of participants and if you are looking to arrange a single workshop or a full day of presentations. If required, travel costs and expenses will be charged. Workshops done via Skype are also possible.

Editing and Mentorship Services

Ready to take your manuscript to the next level? Eileen offers mentorship and freelance editing services based on her experience as an avid reader, teacher, mentor, and as a working writer with over a dozen novels in print.

You can learn more about her group mentorship opportunities at the Creative Academy: https://ccscreativeacademy.com/p/creative-academy-membership

For information about her individual mentorship and editing services please visit: https://www.thewritepotential.com

From clients, in their words