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Eileen Wilks’ first book, a Silhouette Desire published in 1996, hit the USA Today Bestseller List and was nominated for Romantic Times' Best First Short Contemporary award. Since then, her books for Silhouette Desire and Intimate Moments have appeared consistently on national bestseller lists. With sixteen books in print and novellas in four anthologies, she has twice been a finalist in the prestigious Rita Awards given by the Romance Writers of America, as well as receiving several nominations from Romantic Times, including one for Career Achievement in Series Romantic Suspense.
Wilks has lived in Midland a total of 30 years--three years as a young teen, and 27 years since she moved back here as an adult. When she first started writing over 10 years ago, it hit her like the first drink for an alcoholic . . . or the first kiss for Romeo and Juliet.
She came to writing romance in a roundabout way. Having read and loved science fiction for years, that’s where she first tried her hand when the writing bug bit. Somehow her stories always ended up having a strong romantic subplot, but she hadn’t read a romance since the early 80’s and didn’t think “those little books” were her kind of stories. But when a friend in her critique group began working on a romance novel, Wilks decided she needed to give the genre another try. She asked her friend to recommend some titles--and quicker than you can say “Jayne Ann Krentz,” she fell in love. The genre had been busy growing up while she wasn’t watching. These days, with romances comprising over 50% of the mass market books published in the U.S., there are romances to appeal to almost every taste--historicals, paranormals and contemporaries that range from romantic suspense to romantic comedy, from inspirational to sizzling.
Wilks covered a lot of territory before coming home to Midland, having lived in Canada and Venezuela as well as twelve U.S. cities in five states. She comes by her wandering blood honestly; her great-great grandmother arrived in Abilene in a covered wagon. She’s wandered professionally as well, having tried her hand at everything from ranch work to waitressing to geophysical drafting. Once she discovered writing, though, she knew she had come home for good.