Eileen Rendahl is a ghostwriter and a national-bestselling and award-winning author of mystery, thriller, urban fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has also written as Kristi Abbott, Lillian Bell, and Eileen Carr. If you think you’re confused, imagine what it’s like inside her head.
Eileen was born in Dayton, Ohio. She moved when she was four and only remembers that she was born across the street from Baskin-Robbins. Eileen remembers anything that has to do with ice cream. Or chocolate. Or champagne.
Eileen's first novel with a major New York publisher was a double finalist for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Rita Award in its
Mainstream Novel with Romantic Elements category as well as a finalist for the National Readers' Choice Award. She has gone on to be a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Booksellers Best Award, the Book Buyers' Best Award, the Award of Excellence, and the Prism Award. Her work has won the Lories Award and the Beacon Award in the Mainstream Novel with Romantic Elements category and the National Readers Choice Award in the Paranormal category.
She started writing for the worst of reasons (she thought it would be easy!) and has spent years working on her craft. One of the things she loves about writing is that push to always learn more and grow. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles and currently teaches Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.
She has had many jobs and lived in many cities and feels unbelievably lucky to be where she is now and to be doing what she's doing.