Eileen Merriman

Eileen Merriman is an award-winning novelist, short story and flash fiction writer from New Zealand.

Her young adult novel, Pieces of You, was published in 2017 (Penguin Random House). A second YA novel, Catch Me When You Fallwas published in January 2018. A third YA novel, Invisibly Breathing, is due for release on 5 March 2019. Her first adult novel, Moonlight Sonata, is scheduled for release in the second half of 2019; a second adult novel, The Silence of Snow, will be released in 2020.

Her awards include a 2018 Storyline Notable Book Award for Pieces of You, first place in the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story competition, second place in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, and third place for three years running in the 2014-2016 Sunday Star Times Competitions. Both Pieces of You and Catch Me When You Fall were finalists in the 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Eileen completed a 30 week Fiction Writing Course through Creative Hub in 2013.

22 thoughts on “Eileen Merriman”

  1. Clever lady!
    How goes the family?
    I think we are leaving Canterbury and moving back to kerikeri but I’ll let you know when things are confirmed….
    Much love


  2. I just finished Pieces Of You… WOW such a moving book. I was feeling every emotion that the characters were, it was amazing. The book was incredible and I would recommend it to anyone!


  3. I finished pieces of you – such a good book I honestly deeply love the characters. Why did Cory have to die? I guess all good things have to come to an end. I’m dying to read you next book, it’s too long.


  4. Hi Eileen.
    I have just finished reading ‘Pieces of You’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a mature and avid reader, I felt you captured the spirit of the youth of today. I found the characters well developed, and the book had a nice pace of intrigue about it. Look forward to your next book.


  5. I’m a young romantic and love love love your two books pieces of you and catch me when you fall 💘 they are both amazing and sad. I can’t wait for your next book.

    Regards, rory


  6. I recently bought both of your books and couldn’t put either of them down! They were honestly so incredible and amazing! I have struggled with mental health for a long time and reading your books made me feel as if I was not alone! You have an amazing gift and I am looking forward to reading your future work! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world 😊😊

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    1. Hi Ashleigh – thanks so much for letting me know! I’m glad the books felt genuine – it was a subject close to my heart. Hope you like the next one just as much 🙂
      Best wishes,


  7. Hi Eileen,

    I just finished ‘Catch me when you fall’ some weeks ago and I loved, loved, loved it! It made me laugh, think, smile and cry, I just couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I just love your style of writing and the whole plot was amazing. What I love the most is the Kiwi-Spirit of the book, because I am only for six months in NZ and going back home to Germany soon, I loved reading about Christchurch, typical Kiwi habits and for sure, the Sheppards Pie! 😀
    I really can’t wait to read ‘Pieces of you’ next and I am already looking forward to the new book in March 2019. (Even though its still a while 😉 )

    Best wishes,


    1. Hi Marie
      Thanks so much for letting me know – I’m glad you enjoyed it and hope you enjoy Pieces of You too. I love Germany by the way – really enjoyed my previous visits to Bavaria and Berlin.
      Best wishes,

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