Eileen Coughlan draws on her background in psychology and her love of research to develop the plots and characters in her mystery novels. In her past life, Eileen was a freelance writer, a communications consultant, and an English tutor. She now writes fiction fulltime, teaches creative writing, and volunteers at the SPCA in the Kitty Karma program where she cuddles stray cats.
Selected bibliography: Dying By Degrees. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2000 Grizzly Lies. Toronto: Sumach Press, upcoming in 2005
Dying By Degrees Psychology student Emily Goodstriker is conducting panic experiments under her tyrannical supervisor. When students and homeless people start turning up dead, Emily wants to know why.
Awards: Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, 2001, for Dying By Degrees Semi-finalist, Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize for first unpublished novel, 1999, for Dying By Degrees Five weeks, Calgary Herald Best Seller List, 2000, for Dying By Degrees Third place winner, CBC/Pan Canadian WordFest contest for non-fiction essay (aired on CBC Eyeopener), 1999, for “What Book Influenced You Most?”
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