Eileen Beha

A Fresh Look

With the winds of spring, refreshing rains, and the arrival of goldfinches at my bird feeder, I felt that new author photos were in order. I would like to thank Katherine Warde, co-owner of Addendum Books, for a fun and inspired portrait sitting, both indoors and out; and Vicki Palmquist of Winding Oak for giving… Read More


A Writing Prompt

I’ve shared that one of my favorite places to visit is Prince Edward Island, so much that I wrote an entire book set there! Here’s a slideshow of some of the photos I’ve taken over the years. Is there a place that has a lot of meaning for you? Good memories? Beautiful vistas? Tourist attractions… Read More


Throckmorton S. Monkey

Sew-Your-Own Sock Monkey

When I wrote The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, I often thought of my own sock monkey. There are many sock monkeys in the book, of course, so I asked my friend Millie Dosh to sew more monkeys for me. I have quite a group. Some nights I could swear they’re having a party. Are you inspired by… Read More


Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood

A Celebrity Sock Monkey

Find yourself in need of more books starring sock monkeys? Cece Bell has a trio of books starting with Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood: a Star is Bathed (Candlewick, 2015) that are fun. In this first, Sock Monkey, who is an actor, is nominated for an award. To attend the ceremony, he must take a… Read More


Anne’s Avonlea

Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog is set on Prince Edward Island, a locale I’ve visited many times, encouraged by reading L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books. Here are some beautiful photos of Prince Edward Island  from Victoria magazine.


Welcome to My Writing Studio!

My writing studio is a place set apart; a space separate from the phone calls, doorbells, dog barks, dirty dishes, clean laundry in need of folding, meals in need of making, and all the rest of the many ins, outs, and interruptions of daily living. My studio is part of a former attic on the… Read More


Do you have a dog that would save your life?

In Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, Tango learns to be brave. Even though they’re quite small compared to some dogs, Yorkshire terriers are loyal and smart. Yorkshire Terrier Saves Owner From a Bear  A different bear story: Yorkie Fights Off Bear  Spunky Yorkshire Terrier Saves Her Owner’s Life  Yorkie Doodle Dandy: A Canine… Read More


Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea

No Monkey, No Money

When you’re writing a story, it’s important to have a problem that your characters can solve. In The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, one of the problems I introduce is “no monkey, no money.” The family believes they are due to inherit money from their Grandmama … but only if they’ve taken good care of the sock… Read More


Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea

Part of the Family

In The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, I’ve written about an entire family of sock monkeys. Each time a new person is born into the family of Ethel Constance Easterling, who celebrates her 90th birthday during the book, she creates a sock monkey for them and names each one. Within this story, we meet: Throckmorton S. Monkey,… Read More


Throckmorton S. Monkey

The Home of the Sock Monkey

Throckmorton S. Monkey, one of the main characters in The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, is a red-heeled sock monkey. Do you know the history behind these easily-recognizable stuffed animals? Did you know that Rockford, Illinois calls itself the Home of the Sock Monkey? That’s because John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant to America, patented a sock-knitting machine… Read More