About the Author
E .F. Watkins specializes in paranormal suspense, and since 2003 has published eight novels with Amber Quill Press, LLC. Her first, DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, received a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) as Best Horror Novel. Next came the romantic mystery RIDE A DANCING HORSE (as “Eileen Watkins”). Her third book, BLACK FLOWERS, was a Finalist in the Thriller category for both the 2006 Yuppies and the 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards. ONE BLOOD, a prequel to DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, was a Paranormal finalist in the EPIC EBook Awards in 2012. Her first Quinn Matthews Paranormal Mystery, DARK MUSIC, won the David G. Sasher Award for Best Mystery at the 2014 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference; the second book in that series, HEX, DEATH & ROCK’N’ROLL, was a Paranormal finalist for the2014 New Generation Indie Book Awards. She also has published the paranormal thrillers PARAGON and DANU’S CHILDREN.
Watkins was a founding member of the Garden State Horror Writers (now the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers) and also belongs to Mystery Writers of America, the international mystery-writers’ group Sisters in Crime, the Liberty States Fiction Writers and The Writer’s Workshop of Bergen County, N.J. She has taught fiction-writing seminars for the Wayne Adult School in Wayne, N.J.
F. Paul Wilson, best-selling author of THE KEEP and THE SELECT, has said “E. F. Watkins is a writer to watch!” The Internet site Roundtable Reviews has said, “Watkins manages to combine the supernatural with everyday issues to create a world that is horrifyingly like our own,” and the magazine Eternal Night has said, “Watkins is a true master of terror.”
A professional journalist for more than 30 years, Watkins has written about art, architecture, fine crafts and interior design for daily newspapers and local, national and international magazines. Her other interests include horseback riding, renovating and landscaping her 1922 home in northern New Jersey, and collecting furniture, fabrics and other decor from the 1930s-40s.