Eileen Merriman works full-time as a consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital. Her writing has appeared in a number of national and international journals and anthologies, including Smokelong Quarterly, The Island Review, Literary Orphans, the Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2015, the Sunday Star-Times, F(r)iction, takahe, Headland and Flash Frontier. Her first novel was Pieces of You, and reviewers called it 'compulsively readable' and 'compelling, challenging, and heartbreaking'. It was a 2018 Storylines Notable Book and, along with her second novel, it was shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Her other awards include second in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, commended in the 2015 Bath Short Story Competition, third in the 2014 & 2015 Sunday Star-Times Short Story competitions, and first place in the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story competition.