I’d like to welcome Eden Baylee, author of the erotica novel Spring Into Summer, to Colloquy by Diantha. Thank you for taking the time to come chat with me.
My pleasure to be here, Diantha, and I truly appreciate the invitation.
First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I’m not sure I ever formulated the question that way in my head. In high school, I learned I had the talent to write and thought it would be a great profession. The problem was I didn’t think I could earn a living from it. After twenty years of being a banker, I realized life is a lot more than just earning a living. I now write full-time because it makes me happy.
When did you write your first book?
My first book was Fall into Winter. I wrote it after I quit my job in early 2010. It was officially released in Feb 2011.
On your blog, you say you love to travel and learn new languages. Have you ever considered writing a book in another language?
I speak several languages, but I don’t have the fluency to write in them the same way I do in English, so I wouldn’t even try to. I can let translators do that if it was ever needed.
I’ve already had the pleasure of reading your erotica novel, Spring Into Summer. Tell the readers what inspired you to write this fantastic book.
Thanks for your kind words about my latest book. Spring into Summer is the companion piece to Fall into Winter, so it was the completion of the seasons for me. It was inspired by many things, but the overriding theme was my love for poetry, which is why I dedicated the book to poets.
You have another erotica novel, Fall Into Winter. Tell us about it.
Yes, that was my first, and it has the same formula as my current book – four novellas, two that take place in the fall and two in the winter. The stories explore an older woman/younger man relationship, a M/F/M ménage, an author who meets a man from her past, and a young woman who returns to where she fell in love many years earlier. The stories take place in New York City, Northern Canada, and Austria.
Why do you enjoy writing romance? In particular, romance erotica?
It’s interesting that people tell me my stories are romantic, as I don’t consider them that way at all. The main reason is I don’t see myself as a romantic, and I never write from that perspective. What’s more important is the protagonist grows throughout the story. Within that time, there is love and deep longing, lust, and desire. Romance may be a by-product, but not always.
My main goal is to write about relationships that are real to me and touch my heart. Whether it’s called romance, erotica, or something else becomes insignificant so long as it touches readers as well.
I know I straddle the fence of the erotica and romance genres, and I hate being labeled, but it’s important for readers to know what they’re getting. I find it impossible to write in a “formulaic” way, so I will never write HEA books.
What is your writing schedule like?
I write every day, seven days a week – probably twelve – sixteen hours a day when I’m writing. When I’m not writing, I’m usually promoting myself and fellow indies.
Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I need absolute quiet. Though I love music, I cannot listen to it when I write as I get distracted by lyrics.
Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
This is a difficult one to answer because I’ve met so many wonderful indie authors of late, and the list keeps growing. As for my old-time favorites, I’m a fan of Charles Bukowski and have read all his books, including his poetry. I loved The Magus by John Fowles, and Story of O by Pauline Réage started me on my sexual journey when I read it at eleven. I also enjoy the style of Haruki Murakami, and his latest IQ84 was incredible.
As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
That’s simple. The reader liked my book enough to let me know, either via a review, an email, or connecting with me on any of my social media platforms. I’m just thrilled to hear from readers, so what is said isn’t as important as the effort someone makes to contact me.
Last, but not least, my Super Silly Question: If you had a Christmas stocking, what would be in it?
Ha! I do have a stocking, and I always appreciate an adult electronic toy.
I can guarantee I'm not the only one who had to read that last answer twice! Thanks, Eden!
Thank you Diantha for some fabulous questions. I really enjoyed being here!
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