Friday, December 7, 2012

Writing Advice & Giveaway with Eileen Cook

Here's some great writing advice from Eileen Cook. Leave a comment to win a copy of her new book, The Almost Truth

What's your best advice for fellow writers? 

Read! Books are the best teacher.

What popular writing advice do you never follow?  

Write what you know. For me part of the fun is learning something I don’t already know.

Where do you do most of your writing?   

My office is the old sun porch on our house. I do a fair bit of work in there, but I also like to lounge on our sofa and write. My dogs prefer when I sit on the sofa because then they can snuggle in.

What's the best book you've read lately on the craft of writing? 

I love books about writing!  I have stacks and stacks of them, which makes picking a favorite hard.  I love SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder. It’s a screenwriting book, but the structure works great for novels and it’s full of practical examples. I also really like Stephen King’s ON WRITING for a kick of motivation. 

About The Book

From the author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick, a smart, romantic novel about a teenage con artist who might be in over her head.

Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose....

About The Author

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.  Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2012

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at  Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Leave a comment to win a copy! 


  1. I love Eileen's writing style and this cover is amazing! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  2. The Almost Truth sounds like a fun read. I look forward to it. My dogs also love when I move to the couch or into bed to write. I can almost hear my schnauzer scream "Cuddle Time!" :)

  3. This is one that is definitely on my to read list. I read the Ed. of HK a few years ago and liked it. Now I'm reading Do or Di. It's not YA, but it's a fun read.

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  5. I really like Eileen's books and I haven't read this one yet - hopefully I'll win a copy!! And since I just discovered your site, I investigated your books and have added them to my TBR list - they sound like they're going to be great reads!!

  6. I've been meaning to read On Writing by Stephen King for years, and I keep on forgetting to put it on hold at the library. Thanks to this, I finally got around to it!

    I adore Eileen's books, so I really hope to win a copy of this one. :)

  7. I've been a fan of Eileen for quite some time and always lose myself in her books. They're just so fun! Thank you for offering this giveaway :)

  8. I have yet had the opportunity to read one of Eileen's books. They all look fantastic, I'd love to start with this one. Thank you for the opportunity!

  9. I love Eileen Cook, her writing and Herself. She's smart and funny and she has the best shoes of anyone I know.

  10. Love the answer to the what advice would you never follow. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win!

  11. I do agree, books are the best teachers, there's always something new in them that you can learn!

  12. Gah, I love Eileen AND her books!!! <3 I haven't read this one yet. thanks for the interview and the giveaway. :D