An interview with Eden Baylee

This week, it’s an honor and a privilege to welcome erotica author, Eden Baylee to my blog. My dear friend was kind enough to  share some of her thoughts and experiences as a writer. Pour a tasty beverage, get comfortable, and enjoy learning more about Eden and her wonderful work.

When and why did you decide to start writing?

I started writing creatively around age 15. I love the English language and how words can stimulate me in such a unique way.
 
What life experiences have best prepared you for being a writer?
 
Two things: Travel and work.
 
Traveling on my own for almost two years taught me life lessons I could not have acquired any other way, namely: surviving outside of my comfort zone; getting along with people of different cultures; and learning tolerance. It made me realize at an early age that language is but a small component of what we need to communicate. Even though we speak different languages all over the world, people are essentially the same.
 
Although I worked in the conservative field of banking for twenty years and grew tired of it, it still prepared me for my life as a writer. It taught me time management skills and how to network with people. Whether it’s to get buy-in from corporate partners, or make connections with authors and book reviewers, it’s essential to be professional and always treat people with respect.
 
 
Please tell us about your latest work and what genre it falls into.
 
My latest work is my first published book called Fall into Winter, an anthology of four novellas. Two stories take place in the fall and two in the winter. The genre is literary erotica.
 
 
What were your inspirations for writing it?
 
Ha! Many. I’m inspired by intelligent conversation, and the book is quite dialogue-heavy at times. One of my favorite things to do with friends is have a healthy debate about almost anything anyone would want my opinion on. I’m not much for talking about people, as I prefer to share ideas.
 
I’m also a lover of music, foreign countries and foreign languages, and you’ll find all that in my book.
 
Of course, I’m also a lover of strong men and women, so…you’ll find them in the book too.
 
 
Please describe your writing process for our readers.
 
My process is simple – get up, turn on the computer, start typing. When I get hungry or need a bio break, then I attend to those annoyances. I’m not much for deconstructing how I do things; I consider it a waste of time. 
 
 
 
To what degree are your fictional characters based in reality?
 

Each female character has something of me in her, and I am certain that most women will be able to relate. At any one time, a woman can be one, none, or all of these. It’s what makes us so complex.

Ella is headstrong and fearless.
Stella has an adventurous spirit.
Leah is a career woman driven by success.
Elena is fiercely loyal, sometimes vulnerable, but never weak.
 
Most men I know are equally diverse, and intelligence is the main quality. They love women and know how to be with them – in and out of the bedroom.
 
 
Can you tell us about your any upcoming projects?
 
I’m desperately trying to finish my second book called Spring into Summer. It will also be an anthology of four stories that take place in …you guessed it, the spring and summer. After this, I’m switching gears to write full-length novels.
 
 
Would you like to experiment with a different genre?
 
I will when I write my third book. It will have erotic elements, but it will be a thriller/suspense à la John Fowles, one of my favorite authors.
 
 
Describe your ideal surroundings or conditions for writing.
 
I have it now, on the couch with my laptop and silence around me, or as close to silence as possible.
 
 
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
 
In the fall and winter months, I wear a toque. I hate having my head cold, plus I read somewhere that it keeps all the great ideas from escaping.😉
 
 
Briefly share your thoughts on traditional publishing vs. indie.
 
I’m self-published, and I’ll do it again for my second book. I’m anal when it comes to the overall look of my book, so it’s important for me to have total control. I’m not closed to the idea of traditional publishing, but I’m definitely happy with the indie route so far.
 
I think the pendulum is swinging away from traditional publishing as indie authors produce better books, get them into the hands of readers faster, and keep more of the profits. Traditional publishing no longer has the cachet it used to have, and indie publishing is losing its stigma. It may be a slow, gradual process, but it’s already happening.
 
 
What advice can you share with first-time writers?
 

My mantra to myself: Keep writing. Be persistent. Believe in yourself.

 
 

Bio and Contact Information

 

Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.

http://www.amzn.com/B004NIFDES

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/edenbaylee

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/edenbaylee

Web Site: http://www.edenbaylee.com/

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/68904

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36 Responses to An interview with Eden Baylee

  1. Monica says:

    Hello Al, thank you for interviewing Eden, I was patiently waiting for this today, and I am so glad you posted it. Your interviews are always interesting and to the point. It is so helpful to share these personal processes on how one writes.

    “My mantra to myself: Keep writing. Be persistent. Believe in yourself.” Love that mantra, Eden.

    I have just bought Eden’s book via my kindle, and I am, Eden, setting aside time to read them. I really enjoyed your “Erotica in the Cage ” piece, by the way.
    Thanks again for sharing.
    ~ Monica ;~)

    • eden baylee says:

      Monica, thank you so much for your kind words and comment. There’s really nothing like the feeling of hearing that a reader enjoyed my words—whether it’s a blog post, a short story, or my book.

      It’s the greatest honor for me that you’ve chosen to purchase Fall into Winter, thank you.

      eden
      xoxox

      • Monica says:

        Hi Eden,my pleasure. I began to read it today when I was waiting for my poetry class to begin…I must say I decided to continue reading it at a later time. ;~) xo

    • Al Boudreau says:

      That’s fantastic, Monica. Thanks so much for your visit, and for supporting my lovely friend, Eden. Cheers.

  2. danniehill says:

    Al. I am more impressed and jealous every day- no not jealous but definitely impressed, with your selection of authors for interview! I think you have come near the pinnacle with Eden.

    Eden, so soft spoken and confident. I enjoyed your answers and what really impresses me is all the work you don’t talk about. You and Al are much alike in your pursuit of helping and giving to others, especially writers. I have gained a new outlook on how it should be done from you with all your kindnesses and your hard work!

    I picture you in your chef’s hat and probably very little else guiding the keys of your laptop into words that will touch and heat and open imaginations. Chef’s hat? I looked up toque and got to choose the one I liked. Maybe you’re wearing that pink thing with the bow in front. My mind reels, lol

    I always enjoy little snippets of your writer’s life. Thank you. My kilt await your next contest!

    • eden baylee says:

      Dannie, you are one of the most supportive men I know. Thank you for always being encouraging and positive.

      Ha! My toque certainly does not look like a chef’s hat. It’s a tight black wool cap to keep me warm in the cold Canadian winters. Maybe one day I’ll wear it for you if you do some high kicks wearing your kilt! (I’d definitely be getting the better end of that deal!)😉

      eden
      xoxox

    • Al Boudreau says:

      Hi Dannie…as always, thank you for being so supportive, kind, and generous with your wonderful thoughts and feelings. You are a gentleman, and a true friend. So glad you’ve enjoyed this, and other blog posts. Cheers.

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  4. Love getting more of the goods on my friend, Eden. And to get them from my other Keem, Al? That’s like a home run. Thanks, you two!

    j. //

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  6. RBWood says:

    Great Interview, Al. I never tire of words of wisdom from the most erotic, always exotic and excitingly intelligent Ms. Baylee.

  7. Another wonderful interview, Eden!
    I always love reading and learning things about you.

  8. eden baylee says:

    Al, thanks for inviting me on your blog. I really appreciate all that you do to help out your fellow authors.
    eden

  9. A great interview Eden! I glad you took the time to share with us. Mantra? Wasn’t that the winged opponent of godzilla? hehehe just kidding. Anyway, it is sound advice for every first time writer. Well done!

  10. EllieAnn says:

    A fantastic interview of one of my favorite people on twitter!! Love ya Eden!

  11. Jason Darrick says:

    Great interview Eden, and thank you Al for orchestrating. I love the fact that each character has a trait similar to Eden, I’ve tried to incorporate the same of me into my characters, I feel a deeper connection to them when done properly.

    Eden, I also share your penchant for toques, winters do indeed take a toll on the noggin. Thank you very much for sharing.

    • eden baylee says:

      Jason, I appreciate you leaving your beer on the counter at #pubwrite to join us for a bit. 😉

      I think it’s difficult to write a character that’s unlike the author in every way. For me, there has to be a glimpse (even if it’s fleeting) of recognition, and I wholeheartedly agree it creates a much deeper connection with the characters.

      Toques and Canadian winters kind of go hand-in-hand, don’t they?

      Thanks for your support and comment,
      eden

  12. I had to look up what a “toque” is. I’m now imagining you typing away in a chef’s hat. Something tells me that image may not be entirely correct.

    It was great to get to know you a little better, Eden, and thanks, Al, for hosting her for this interview.

    • eden baylee says:

      Marjorie! You’d love a toque, it’s what bank robbers wear – those tight wool hats, and mine is black. It keeps my hair out of my face.
      Thanks for your comment here, beautiful lady.

      eden

      • Ah, I see, I think we call that a beanie. Very warm, to be sure. I have a Savoyard shepherd’s hat. I don’t know what it’s official name is. Looks kinda like a cowboy hat, only it’s made of felt, is round on top, and has a floppier brim. Keeps the sun out of my eyes and also serves as a very effective umbrella.

  13. danniehill says:

    Ha! You see I’m not the only one imagining you in a chef’s hat (and very little else) You might want to give it a try. What a great responce you’re getting! And you deserve it all, Eden.

  14. L.M. Stull says:

    AL! You interviewed one of my most favorite people in the world. Eden is gracious, generous and gifted and I am so very glad to know her (and apparently I like using words with ‘g’ today). I thoroughly enjoyed Eden’s book and have passed it on to many a friend – all of whom have enjoyed it as well. I can’t wait to read more of her work and continue to get to know this truly astonishing woman.

  15. What a beautiful interview, it is a pleasure to meet you both. I look forward to reading your book Eden…
    Take care,
    Lisa

  16. NOW who knows what about whom? Just kidding, a great interview and a great friend to me on Twitter. I wish you all the best and for putting up with my bad Texan habit of bringing guns to an ink fight.
    By the way I love the way you tie your two collections together in title. It works together brilliantly!

    Thanks also to Al for being able to spot the cream of the crop…mmmmm, cream!

    • eden baylee says:

      Mr. JJ – that’s what I’m calling you from now on! Thank you for your kind comment. You can bring guns, but please don’t shoot yourself in the foot or I will never stop laughing!

      You’re a gem…

      eden
      xoxoxo

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