I’m a wildly creative artist, prolific author, happy wife, and proud mother of three wonderful young adults.
My name is pronounced the same as “Eileen.” (“Eibhlin” is the Celtic spelling. The “bh” is silent, like the “gh” in “bright.”)
I’ve written and published over 24 books with traditional publishing houses as well indie publishers. Two of my books are currently in print in my real name. They’re listed, below.
(The rest of my 22+ books are published under pen names. That’s for privacy and for branding. In general, I’ve been writing travel- and history-related books. In mid-2014, I started writing novels as well. I love my work!)
Some of my older books, now out-of-print:
- Stained Glass is Easy! (copper foil tape stained glass techniques), as Eileen Newton.
- Fresh Designs (quilting patterns), as Eileen Newton.
- Vintage Fashions for Today (sewing & collecting wearable vintage fashions), as Eileen MacIntosh.
I’ve written over 100 articles for magazines including Professional Quilter, Romantic Times, and Herbal Times, and — in the 1980s — I wrote and illustrated a regular crafts column in Lady’s Circle magazine. I’ve been the subject of articles in several magazines, including Family Circle. Barbara Brabec has quoted me in some of her books about successful homebased businesses.
Online, I’ve written over 2,000 articles. Most of those were for my art-related sites, or my niche-related (and book-related) sites, under pen names. However, I’ve also been a columnist for online magazines such as Suite101.com and BellaOnline.
I’ve been a consultant for several authors, and I’ve inspired characters in several books, including “Eileen” in Island of the Lost Rubies by Patricia Werner, and a quirky character in Trickery Treat by Diana G. Gallagher.
For four years at M.I.T., I worked as a freelance editor, specializing in engineering theses and reports for professors and grad students whose first languages are not English.
Today, I still write travel-related books and articles, the occasional how-to guide, and odd little history-related books. My novels usually feature stormy weather, dramatic Maine settings, colorful characters, and an offbeat sense of humor.
When I’m on a break from writing, I often focus on art. I paint landscapes as Eileen Morey, my maiden name, spelled the English way.
As Aisling D’Art, my original online pen name (since 1995), I create paper arts, artists’ journals, and mixed media arts. My art journaling pages were included in the first 1000 Journals Project book. My original paper dolls were featured in Somerset Studios’ second issue of Art Doll Quarterly magazine.
In addition — because I love to mix my interests — I have a certificate in Archaeological Illustration from Boston University.
When my children were at home, I was a Girl Scout Leader (and leader trainer) and a Cub Scout Den Mother. I also helped manage a Girl Scout summer camp in Florida.
I’m active with my church, like to cook organic meals and bake cookies & breads from scratch, and — off and on for over 30 years — I’ve worked as a professional genealogist, specializing in “lost” Irish and Irish-American ancestry.
My husband and I spend our free time at the beach (in coastal New England) and at Florida’s Disney World, where Epcot is our favorite park.
I hope that explains who I am and what I’m like, for friends who haven’t met me in real life, yet.