Eileen Heyes

Author * Journalist * Writer in Residence

The Reviews Are In

A 2003 Edgar Award finalist
"With their likable personalities and sassy repartee, [O'Dwyer & Grady] prove to be worthy of the spotlight ó and of an encore performance."
ó Publishers Weekly
"The opening scene ... will grab historical mystery fans, and Billy's first-person narrative brings humor and tenderness to the friendship and family story."
-- Booklist
A Society of School Librarians International (SSLI) Honor Book
"An outstanding historical account ... a concise narrative that captures readers' attention and sustains it throughout."
-- School Library Journal
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
"[M]ore than a biography ... a straightforward, lucid analysis of historical events."
-- The Book Report
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
A "fascinating, thoroughly researched account."
-- Kirkus Reviews

Welcome to my website

Iím glad youíre here.

I've updated the look and organization of this site, and it will take me a little while to fill in all the information you've been finding here for nine years. Please pardon the dust while the new, improved inside pages are under construction.

Meanwhile, come back often, look around, see what's new.

Read excerpts from my three most recent books. You can reach them with the links at left. If I get requests, I'll put up the first chapters of the older books as well.

Get to know me through my bio. Hint: Books and literacy are big parts of who I am and what I do.

Comb through my archive of bite-size Writing Tips. You'll find practical advice on punctuation, word use, story structure, character development, time management, and more. (For the time being, the Tips are chronological. Now that there are more than 100, I'll soon reorganize them by category.)

Contact me. Offer suggestions on how I can make this site more useful to you. Ask me questions about writing, publishing, or anything else. Let me know if you're looking for a conference presentation.

The section on my programs for students and adults has yet to be updated. I love to visit schools, libraries, and community groups. At the moment, though, I'm up to my ears in grad school work. Once I have my master's degree in hand, I'll again be available to accept a range of engagements, beyond the occasional conference. Same goes for my editing services — but if you're looking for a freelance editor, contact me any time and I can refer you to some great folks.

Also under construction is my Links page, where I'll present links to a carefully selected group of fun and informative cyberplaces. Stay tuned.

This is probably so obvious I donít even need to say it, but Ö everything on this site is under copyright. Feel free to link to my site — new guests are always welcome. But before you copy or distribute any part of this material, ask me for permission.

Again, thanks for stopping by. Show yourself around. I want this to be a place where we can meet, communicate, and continue to share the joys of books and reading.

Writing Tip for August

In nonfiction, use zoom-lens thinking. Zoom out to plan: Brainstorm a list of topics to cover or major points to make; organize the list into a logical sequence. Zoom in a bit to refine your plan: Give each item a sub-list of supporting points to include. Zoom in close to research and write: Be obsessive about details, accuracy and completeness. Zoom out after writing a draft: Does everything fit together and add up? Is your information clear and relevant? Have you left gaps? And hang on Ė youíll be zooming in and out constantly as you revise.

Need some quick advice?

Contact me with your questions, and Iíll try to answer them in future Writing Tips on this page. Any topic is fair game, from getting ideas to time management to using punctuation correctly.

You can also post a question at the top of my Writing Tip Archive, where you'll find nine yearsí worth of previous monthly tips.

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