2012 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for
her first foray into historical romance, the Drake's
Rakes series, which follow the lives of a group
of British aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice
everything to keep their country safe. After publication
of the first trilogy in the series, she has just signed
for the next trilogy, following the graduates of the
aptly named Last Chance Academy, who each finds herself
crossing swords with
Drake's Rakes. Eileen spent time not only in England
and Italy, but India to research the series (it's a
filthy job, but somebody has to do it).
A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.
Dreyer won her first publishing award in 1987, being
named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by RT
Bookclub. Since that time she has also garnered not
only five other writing awards from RT, but five RITA
Awards from Romance Writers of America, which secures
her only the fourth place in the Romance Writers of
America prestigious Hall of Fame. Since extending her
reach to suspense, she has also garnered a coveted Anthony
A frequent speaker at conferences, she maintains membership
in Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery
Writers of America, and, just in case things go wrong,
Emergency Nurses Association and International Association
of Forensic Nurses.
Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She's also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, although she doesn't see herself actively working in the field, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.
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