Eileen O'Finlan

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November 26, 1963

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Eileen O’Finlan lives in central Massachusetts with a calico Maine Coon cat named Autumn Amelia who likes to "help" her with her historical research and writing mostly by shoving her research books onto the floor, sleeping on her keyboard, and demanding treats at inopportune moments. Eileen loves Autumn Amelia.

Eileen also loves history which is why she went back to college in her late twenties to earn an undergraduate degree in it. She later retunred to college for a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry. Now she teaches online courses for the University of Dayton, Ohio. Seems she can't get enough of college.

She also can't get enough of books - reading and writing them. And cats. She can't get enough of cats. Since she's had at least one sin
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Eileen O'Finlan I love doing research so it's hard to pick a favorite, but I think I'd have to say it's learning something new. Because I write historical fiction, my…moreI love doing research so it's hard to pick a favorite, but I think I'd have to say it's learning something new. Because I write historical fiction, my research is usually history-based. I love it when I learn new things, especially those little gems that I know will help the story. And I'm always delighted when I come across something unexpected.

Right now, I'm researching for my next novel. The main character will be a young woman working on a graduate degree in folklore, which means I need to know at least a little of what she would know. So I'm studying anthropology and folklore - two fields that are brand new to me. It's very exciting!

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Erin's Children is a Finalist!

Erin's ChildrenI am honored and excited to announce the Erin's Children has made it into the finals for Chanticleer International Book Awards Goethe Award for late historical fiction!

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