Eileen Heyes is the author of two mysteries for children and three nonfiction books for young adults. Her books have been honored by the New York Public Library, the Society of School Librarians International, Mystery Writers of America and the Child Study Council.
She wrote and edited at newspapers for 30 years while trying to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. In learning the craft of storytelling, she has studied screenwriting and improv, earned a certificate in Documentary Arts, volunteered in the street cast of a Renaissance Faire and, most recently, earned her M.A. in English, concentrating on British and American literature, from N.C. State University.
Over the years, she has taken it all back into the classroom as a writer-in-residence with the United Arts Council of Wake County, a camp leader with Cary Academy’s SummerQuest program, and the volunteer creator of two student newspapers. Originally from Los Angeles, she has lived, worked and raised her sons in Raleigh for more than two decades.
Eileen is available for school and library visits, presentations to groups of any size, and manuscript editing and critiquing.
Her advice to young people: “Read. Write. Read some more. Write some more. Nothing in history has been as powerful or as lasting as the printed word.”