'Eileen Merriman creates genuine teenage characters' - NZ Books
Eileen Merriman works full-time as a consultant haematologist at
North Shore Hospital. Her writing has appeared in a number of
national and international journals and anthologies, including
Smokelong Quarterly, The Island Review, Literary Orphans,
the Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2015, the Sunday
Star-Times, F(r)iction, takahe, Headland and Flash
Frontier. Her first novel was Pieces of You, with
reviewers calling it 'compulsively readable' and 'compelling,
challenging, and heartbreaking'. It was a 2018 Storylines Notable
Book and, along with her second novel, it was shortlisted for the
NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Her other awards include runner-up in the 2018 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award, third for three consecutive years in the 2014-2016 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards, second in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, commended in the 2015 Bath Short Story Competition, and first place in the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition.