Eileen Cook: Coaching Conflict BSW009_181030


“Welcome to Episode 9 – on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing Eileen Cook: a  writer and writing coach.

Eileen Cook’s12 novels appear in eight different languages and several have been optioned for film and TV.  Most of her work is in the YA category. She writes psychological thrillers.

Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada. She provides writing and editorial coaching through the CCS Creative Academy in Vancouver, and is a mentor and instructor for the Simon Fraser University’s, The Writer’s Studio.”


Show Highlights

  • writing is a solitary activity, so authors can greatly benefit from becoming part of an on-line writing community
  • as you help others with their writing, you learn more about writing
  • when working with another writer you need to dig deep to give meaningful feedback
  • keep positive people around you and ignore the rest
  • don’t let your fear of rejections get in the way

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You Owe Me a Murder

YOU OWE ME A MURDER. It will be out in March.

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.

17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.

But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies.

Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.

More About Eileen Cook

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  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 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  that came out in 2016 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.)

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Next Week on Blood Sweat and Words:

Ann Janzer:  Brain Science and Writing and Book Marketing in a Sustainable Way

Eileen’s Favorite Drink – The Old Fashioned

Oh! Cocktails I know and love! I’m a huge fan of the Old Fashioned. 

1.5 bourbon
.5 Grand Marnier
.5 Giffords Vanille de Madagascar http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/giffard-vanille-de-madagascar/496224#.W41ydy0ZNR0  (FYI- this stuff is also GREAT in a Diet Coke)
Dash of bitters either traditional or orange
Stir and serve on the rocks with an orange peel garnish



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