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.

It's been a while since I last updated this site, because I've been going to grad school and that has claimed every bit of time and energy I could give. Here's the good news: I'm graduating this month, May 2015, with a master's degree in English from North Carolina State University. And I am more than ready to get back to writing.

This summer, I'll also return to the task of filling out this redesigned site with all the information from my old website. Hard to believe I've had a site for 10 years. So 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. I've had the opportunity during grad school to present at several academic conferences, a whole other world. All of which is to say, I am back in circulation, experienced at speaking to a range of audiences, and available for engagements. Same goes for my editing services. If you're looking for a freelance editor, contact me any time and I will be happy to answer your questions so you can decide if I'm the right editor for your project.

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 May

The words complement and compliment are not interchangeable. Complement, as either a noun or a verb, refers to a full set or something that goes well with something else. Remember the spelling by thinking of it as completion. Compliment means to express praise. Complimentary has a second meaning: free, or given as a bonus. Use them like this:
   — The band had a full complement of drummers.
   — I complimented her on her new burgundy dress, which complements her complexion so well.
   — They work together well, because they have complementary strengths.
   — The chef sends you a complimentary appetizer.

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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