Award-winning, bestselling author Eileen Dreyer, known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, has published twenty-two books for Silhouette since 1986 and, under her own name, eight suspense novels and eight short stories. She came to publishing from the world of trauma nursing, which taught her some very important lessons, the most important being "don't sweat the small stuff," or, as her family puts it, "come see me when you get hit by a bus."
Kathleen won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since then she has garnered not only six more Romantic Times awards, but five Rita Awards from the Romance Writers of America, and a place as only the fourth member in the RWA Hall of Fame.
While Kathleen was raised reading suspense, she discovered romance while pulling late shifts in the ER, and, well, fell in love. Not only does she strongly believe in the message of hope intrinsic to all romance, but she greatly enjoys the never-ending battle of the sexes. She finds it an added bonus that in her work she has the opportunity to speak to issues that are at the core of a woman's life and dreams. So saying, the subjects of her books have ranged from light romantic comedy to the dilemma faced by mothers of children with special needs and the Vietnam nurses' battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.
A frequent speaker at writer's conferences all across the country, Kathleen is a member not only of Romance Writers of America, but Novelists, Inc, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association. She has also assumed the mantle of unofficial mascot for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a new subspecialty that, amazingly enough, has begun to show up in her work.
A lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen has been married for thirty-two years to husband Rick, and has two children and assorted animals. An addicted traveler, she has sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and enjoys the kind of hands-on book research that lets her salve an insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends.
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