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About Eileen Cook
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
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Compelling characters are what keeps readers turning pages and buying books — from fantasies to mysteries to the great literary novel. But how to do you create characters that feel three dimensional and real on the page? Counsellor and author Eileen Cook shares common psychological techniques to help you build your characters and take your story to the next level.
Covering understanding your character's backstory and how it impacts their choices in your book by doing a structured counselling interview, personality structure (Myers Briggs and Emotional Intelligence) and how that may lead to conflict, and understand dissecting the Stages of Change to see how your character moves through them .
Filled with practical tips, examples and prompts this is a craft book you will return to over and over.
This is the second book in the Creative Academy Guides for Writers series. Be sure to check out the rest of the guides for writers in this series.
- Scrappy Rough Draft by Donna Barker
- Build Better Characters by Eileen Cook
- Strategic Series Author by Crystal Hunt
Great conflict is what leaves readers cheering (or crying) at the end of a story.
Using humour and her deep knowledge of human behaviour, counsellor and award-winning author Eileen Cook will guide you through the causes of conflict, the differences between internal and external conflict, and show you how conflict resolution techniques can be turned upside down to ramp up the tension in your book.
Filled with practical tips, examples and prompts, this is a craft book you’ll keep on your shelf to use again and again.
This is the fourth book in the Creative Academy Guides for Writers series. Be sure to check out the rest of the guides for writers in this series.
1. Scrappy Rough Draft by Donna Barker
2. Build Better Characters by Eileen Cook
3. Strategic Series Author by Crystal Hunt
4. Create Story Conflict by Eileen Cook
How many people have told you that your dream of being a full-time writer is impossible? They’re wrong.
Whether you are just getting started or are an experienced author, we’re here to help you overcome the obstacles in your path—and make your publishing dreams a reality.
- Unsure how to turn your published book(s) into an actual career?
- Been knocked around by the publishing industry and feeling disheartened?
- Overwhelmed by all the options and not sure what to do next to level up?
Two career authors—one traditional and one indie—with over 50 published books and 30 years of experience between them, team up to provide you with the complete set of puzzle pieces so you can craft your ideal author life.
If you are looking for a quick fix or magic button this isn’t the book for you. Building a career strong enough to last a lifetime won't happen overnight.
If you’re ready to build yourself a personalized roadmap to making enough money from your writing to pay your bills, then you’re in the right place. This book gives you the tools and information you need to clarify your dream and create practical steps to turn that dream into a career that you can build, grow and maintain over time—without sacrificing your health, relationships or happiness along the way.
Click the buy button now and avoid making costly mistakes as you level up your career and become a full-time author.
This is the fifth book in the Creative Academy Guides for Writers series. Be sure to check out the rest of the books for writers in this series.
1.Scrappy Rough Draft by Donna Barker
2.Build Better Characters by Eileen Cook
3.Strategic Series Author by Crystal Hunt
4.Create Story Conflict by Eileen Cook
For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive psychological thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life.
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron’s senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident . . . wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.
“This multimedia project is a perfect thriller to stow in your beach bag.”—Teen Vogue
“Prepare for lots of twists, right up until the very last chapter.”—Seventeen
“[A] page-turning psychological thriller.”—Bustle
For those who like a suspenseful and riveting novel.”—Glitter Guide
“This book will have you turning pages as you try and decide what you believe and who you can trust.”—Parade
“Cinematic scene breaks and propulsive reveals will keep the pages furiously turning in this slow-burning but explosive thriller.”—Booklist (starred review)
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.
Willow comes from a long line of fairy godmothers and she’s expected to be one too when the time comes. (At the moment she’s merely sprite status.) Maybe that would be cool if it were like the old days when the humans -- known as humdrums -- knew fairy godmothers existed and the fairies didn’t have to keep their fairy status secret. Now they’re stuck helping humans who don’t even believe in them. Rather than help normals, Willow would rather be human. She’s sick of being weird.
When she's given the chance to attend a humdrum elementary school for two weeks, this is Willow's chance to finally experience a normal life -- but will she be able to fit in? And can she find her best friend there, even if her parents discourage making friends with humans?
Seventeen-year-old Skye Thorn will do anything to get out of her small Michigan town, even if that means pretending to be a psychic for fast cash. When Paige, the local golden girl goes missing, Skye uses her psychic visions to help the police with the case. Her readings have always been faked, but this time Skye has insider knowledge—straight from the kidnappers themselves who promise Skye a portion of the ransom money.
But when their seemingly harmless prank goes terribly wrong, Skye realizes that the group she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want. Now, she’ll have to discover their identities before it’s too late.
Praise for Eileen Cook’s books:
“One of the best new voices in women’s fiction” - NYT bestselling author Jennifer Crusie
"Destined to climb on top of the bestseller lists." - Romantic Times
“Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” - NYT bestselling author Meg Cabot
“Yes, it’s chick lit, but of the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat.” - Kirkus starred review
"Fresh, funny and quirky, an absolute delight." - Annette Blair, national bestselling author of The Scot, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
“Snarky, funny….Will keep readers up late into the night... Exceptional.” - Shelf Awareness
Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the Internet only three months before and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.
But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.