Today I'd like to welcome author Eden Baylee
to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Eden
To start, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Sure, and thanks so much for having me as your guest. I'm the first-time published author of Fall into Winter-a book of contemporary erotica written as four novellas; two take place in the fall, and two in the winter, thus the title. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, I was a banker for twenty years. I live in Toronto, Canada.
Could you tell readers a little bit about your current release, Fall into Winter
Yes, the stories of Fall into Winter were initially written to be sold separately, but I decided to put them together into one book. Though common elements unify them, each is unique and stands alone. The themes include: younger man, older woman; ménage à trois (MFM); past lovers; and second chance at love.
What was the most challenging part of writing Fall into Winter
? The most rewarding?
The most challenging was deciding how to sell the stories. By packaging them into one book, my goal was to give readers a diverse collection. This goes against traditional conventions for anthologies, which are usually written by multiple authors, but it was the best way I knew how to provide readers with a good idea of my writing style.
The most rewarding was having a book launch and signing. It happened almost a year after I started writing Fall into Winter. The writing took about four months, but the process to edit, publish, and promote the book took much longer.
I'm a "newbie" to the publishing industry, and as I'm self-published, I can say I had 100% control over my book, which to me, was extremely rewarding.
How long have you been writing?
I've written daily in a journal since my teens and continue to do so to this day. I started writing erotica when I was about sixteen.
What is your favorite type of genre to read?
I read everything, from erotica to thrillers to humor to poetry. I really can't say I have a favorite because it all depends on my mood. Sometimes I read to escape, other times for inspiration, and often I read just to learn different authors' styles.
Have you ever went back and read your own books for pleasure?
No, I don't read my own books for pleasure because I'm too critical of my writing. I read it and wonder, "Damn, why did I use that word?" or "I could have written that better." For pleasure, I read other people's books.
How important is research in your writing?
It's very important. In my upcoming book, I have a story about a woman who loves vibrators. Research for that was interesting, to say the least.
Also, I love writing about other cultures-places I've visited and some I haven't been to. Out of respect for readers, I think it's always important to get the facts straight.
Where would you say that you get your most creative ideas?
Funny enough, I get them while taking a shower! I even have a tape recorder in the bathroom to make sure I record myself right away when I step out. It's great to be inspired this way, but it makes for very expensive water bills!
If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?
It's simple. Do you like my stories, why and why not? I always want to improve my writing, and readers' feedback is essential to doing this. It's one of the main reasons I keep a blog, so that readers can get a taste for my writing and comment on it.
Could you tell us what you're currently working on?
I have several books on the go, but the next one will be a follow-up to Fall into Winter. It will be called Spring into Summer. When that's done, I'll be a seasoned writer (LOL)!
If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
This is a hard question because I'm really happy to be living in the time I am now. If anything, it'd probably be back to the sixties because I love the music of that era. I'd have to take my laptop though!
What is the wackiest job you can think of that you would like to do?
I'm doing it right now! After working in banking for twenty years, writing can be very wacky some days. It's completely insular if you want it to be, or you can socially network for hours and hours. It's a job that requires so much discipline to do on a full-time basis, and each day, I learn more about how I can do it in a way that works best for me. It's never boring.
Just for fun, please finish the following sentences…
My favorite place in the world is…
Paris for the food, Thailand for the people, and Nepal for the mountains.
I'd love to meet…
Charles Bukowski (if he were still alive).
My first car was…
a Honda Civic. It had a clutch, but not by the time I was through with it.
The first thing I do in the morning is…
take a conscious breath and thank the powers that be that I'm alive.
Is there anything else you would like to add today or any links where readers can find you?
I'd like to thank Fallen Angel Reviews for their kind support of me and for granting me this interview.
To find out more about me or my book, you can visit my website.
Currently, Fall into Winter, is available at all the major sites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Chapters/Indigo.
Thank you so much, Eden
, for spending time with us today!
Interviewed by: Tammy