About the Author

E.F. Watkins author photos by George Kamper, www.gkamper.com

Author photos by George Kamper, www.gkamper.com

Eileen Watkins specializes in mystery and suspense fiction. For 2017, she launches the Cat Groomer Mysteries, featuring “cat whisperer” and amateur sleuth Cassie McGlone. The series, from Kensington Mystery, kicks off with THE PERSIAN ALWAYS MEOWS TWICE.

Eileen previously published eight novels through Amber Quill Press, most of them paranormal suspense, as “E. F. Watkins.” These included two Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries. The first, DARK MUSIC, won the David G. Sasher Award for Best Mystery at the 2014 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. The second, HEX, DEATH & ROCK’N’ROLL, was a Mystery finalist for the 2014 Next Generation EBook Awards.

Her first book with Amber Quill, DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, received a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) as Best Horror Novel. Next came the romantic mystery RIDE A DANCING HORSE (as “Eileen Watkins”). Her third book, BLACK FLOWERS, was a Finalist in the Thriller category for both the 2006 EPPIES and the 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards. ONE BLOOD, a prequel to DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, was a Paranormal finalist in the EPIC EBook Awards in 2012. She also has published the paranormal thrillers PARAGON and DANU’S CHILDREN. (Sadly, Amber Quill Press closed its doors in early 2016.)

Eileen was a founding member of the Garden State Horror Writers (now the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers) and also belongs to Mystery Writers of America, the international mystery-writers’ group Sisters in Crime and the Liberty States Fiction Writers. She handles publicity for Sister in Crime Central Jersey and has taught fiction-writing seminars for the Wayne Adult School in Wayne, N.J.

A professional journalist for more than 30 years, Eileen has written about art, architecture, fine crafts and interior design for daily newspapers and local, national and international magazines. She has renovated a 1922 home and collects furniture, fabrics and other decor from the 1930s-40s. Her interests also include the paranormal and spirituality as well as animal training and rescue. She is seldom without at least one live-in cat, can often be found at the nearest riding stable and has competed in dressage.

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