Coughlan, Eileen

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.

Grizzly Lies
A dead body, a missing eccentric, severed bear paws, and a hunter on the prowl for revenge. What secrets connect these bizarre events? Journalist Hellie MacConnell must find the answer before the killer finds her.
 

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Semi-finalist, Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize for first unpublished novel, 1999, for Dying By Degrees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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