About Eileen Haavik McIntire
Eileen attributes her bloodthirsty tastes in literature and history to her Viking ancestors. Her mother's parents emigrated from Sweden, took a left turn in New York, and landed in Miami, Florida, where both her mother and Eileen were born. Her father was from Norway, a master mariner, who traveled around the world, bringing home exotic souvenirs and photographs that whetted her own imagination.
After college, she worked for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., but wanderlust erupted after seven years and she and her then husbandresigned their positions to live on a classic motorsailer for three years, sailing from the Chesapeake to Key West before settling in Fort Lauderdale. During this time, she wrote and sold free-lance articles that appeared in Popular Photography, Highlights for Children, Motor Boating & Sailing and Southern Living.
In Fort Lauderdale, Eileen struggled to survive as a single mom while working and earning a master's degree in Adult & Continuing Education. She was an active member of Toastmasters International, Women in Communications, and the American Society for Training & Development.
She eventually returned to Maryland and worked in Washington, D.C., with a national association but resigned that position to join her second husband in a different adventure-- establishing the publishing company, Summit Crossroads Press.
SCP's parenting books, now published under the Parentsuccess imprint, have received excellent reviews and are published and distributed in eight languages around the world. The company maintains a website with tips for parents and online bookstore at www.parentsuccess.com. SCP now includes the Amanita Books imprint for fiction.
In 1998, Eileen and her husband moved to a farm in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, where they managed a vacation retreat, The Gatehouse at Sleepy Creek, as well as their book business. They returned to the Washington, D.C., area in 2005 and now live in Columbia, MD.
In the past ten years, Eileen has ridden a camel in the Moroccan Sahara, fished for piranhas on the Amazon, and sailed in a felucca on the Nile. The next adventure will be Australia and New Zealand. "It's all research," she says.