Q & A with Eden Bradley

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Give a warm welcome to the lovely Eden Bradley!

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Eden close up sable 400x550Were you good at English?

I was taught to read when I was 3 ½, and come from a family of big readers, so yes, English/reading/writing were always easy and fun for me. In college I always said I’d rather write every school paper in Shakespearean iambic pentameter than take a single math class! Ugh!

Which writers inspire you?

My biggest influences have not been romance authors, for the most part. I’m an old hard-core sci-fi fan, and was very heavily influenced by Tanith Lee (her book Silver Metal Lover is one of the best books ever written, IMO). Robert Heinlein’s character development and the way in which he handled relationships and personal interactions was, I discovered through his work, what sucked me into a book, something I’ve tried to emulate. And Anne Rice has had an enormous influence on my writing voice-the texture and mood and cadence. But my bestie author R.G. Alexander has held my hand through countless books, has taught me to write better dialogue, and our conversations have set off numerous plot bunnies! Those bunnies do multiply!

So, what have you written? 

I’ve published over 40 novels, novellas and short stories, and even a little poetry. My most well-known book is probably my bestselling novel, THE DARK GARDEN, a BDSM romance published in 2007. But I hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists with my novella OBSESSION, when it was first published as part of the Riding Desire Box Set.

My books have won the Passionate Plume Award, the Golden Quill, and the Holt Medallion, and have been nominated for the Golden Flogger Award and an EPPIE, as well as hitting numerous “Best Of” lists.

I’ve also published a number of articles on writing, with emphasis on using the five senses, love scenes and kink. I’m published in ten languages (as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin) so you can find my books all over the world. You can see a full list of my books and find most of the buy links on my website: http://www.EdenBradley.com

What are you working on at the minute?

Right now I’m finishing up two books. DANGEROUSLY BAD is an edgy and very romantic BDSM-themed romance, Book Three in my Dangerous

Romance series for Berkley Heat (Book One DANGEROUSLY BOUND and Book 1.5 DANGEROUSLY INKED are available now, and Book Two DANGEROUSLY BROKEN was just released). This series is set in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities in the world, and I feel the series has only gotten better after my second visit there last year. The characters from the other books in the series make an appearance, which is fun for me and my readers! The otGirl-400x600her work-in-progress is THE TRAINING HOUSE: BOY, Book Two in that series. I’m really trying to focus on DANGEROUSLY BAD, but this book wakes me up in the middle of the night, and I’m on my computer furiously typing notes and bits of dialogue at 3 AM. This is a very hard-core BDSM series, and it’s erotica, not erotic romance, so I always try to issue appropriate warnings. Readers are loving Book One, THE TRAINING HOUSE: GIRL, and I hope I meet their expectations with the second book.

What genre are your books?

I write mostly contemporary erotic romance and some ‘literary’ erotica, with my main focus being on kink throughout most (but not all) of my books. I also have a vampire series (my Midnight Playground series) set in 2069 Europe, and have done a post-apocalyptic novella (THE BREEDER) as part of the multi-author ‘Wasteland’ series from Samhain.

What draws you to this genre?

I was a psychology major, and the complexities of the human mind are always fascinating to me. I believe those intimate moments are when we’re the most vulnerable—all our hopes and fears come out when we’re naked with someone, whether the sex is a one-night stand or a more romantic connection, but particularly if it’s a romance. Writing sex gives me so much more to explore with my characters. That sounded dirty, didn’t it? ; )

Writing kink comes naturally to me since I’ve been involved with BDSM for much of my adult life. I like to bring a more realistic perspective to BDSM romance. I’m doing more and more education on sexual positivity for women, as well as about kink practice, so it might be a bit of a mission for me to get true, safe information out there. Plus, let’s face it, writing kinky sex is fun! But, that said, if ‘fun’ were the only reason it would quickly lose its appeal—for me, there has to be a deeper reason. Because chocolate chip cookies are fun, too, but chocolate chip cookies three times a day aren’t so much fun anymore (and yes, I may be using chocolate chip cookies as my analogy after having overdosed on them about an hour ago!). So, let’s use sex instead. Sex three times day wouldn’t be any fun, either. Wait. Gah! Apparently I am terrible at analogies!

How much research do you do?

On my kink books? Well, if you count thirty years as a lot of research…lol! But I actually do quite a bit of kink research because no one can know everything. For my book DANGEROUSLY BOUND (Book One in my Dangerous Romance series) my friend author Sidney Bristol came over and got down on my office floor to help me figure out if a particular hogtie position was feasible (she knows more about rope bondage than I do). But maybe some of my favorite research for that series was on the city of New Orleans, which I did partly online and partly in person (amazing, magical city!). I really love to find out everything I can when writing about a place I haven’t spent much time in. I can get totally lost in research, coming up for air hours—or days—later.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m a full-time author and have been for the last 11 years, with a two-year stint teaching Pilates in addition to writing when the economy was dragging. I’ve been very lucky! I get to spend my work day in my pajamas and fuzzy slippers, which is pretty awesome. The isolation can be difficult for me, but my dog Voodoo keeps me company.

Where do the your ideas come from?

From everywhere! I’ve written about past relationships, or bits and pieces of them, anyway, although three of the guys would definitely recognize themselves if they read the books. Music is also a huge inspiration—a song can set a mood or inspire a character. I have specific playlists for each book, and am always looking for new music. I love when the music and the moment in the book totally align and I’m just sort of dancing in my chair as I type. This is why I don’t need to drink. 😉

dangerously broken_front mech.inddWhat’s your views on social media for marketing?

I think in this day and age social media is crucial. It’s what’s brought the world together, making a true global community. I can talk to readers in Canada, England, Brazil, Japan. And I believe we *have* to talk to our readers. I think they want to get to know us, and I want to get to know them. I love interacting with them, hearing who their favorite heroes are, discussing the things we have in common. It’s not only important as a marketing strategy, but being a very social person, it’s crucial to my survival and helps feed my creativity. The one thing I don’t like about writing full-time is the isolation. And some of my closest friends started as my readers, which is a pretty amazing thing.

Which social network worked best for you?

Right now I’m very into Twitter and Pinterest, but Facebook—especially my blog group’s private group, the Smutketeers Brass Chattery—has been a great way to connect with readers and just have fun!

How do you relax?

Truthfully? I sit in bed with my dog, Voodoo, and watch bad reality TV. Sad but true-lol! That’s how I unwind. But I also love to play Cards Against Humanity with friends, go to lunch, get pedicures with my God daughter, take my dog hiking in the woods, and getting back to Pilates has been really helpful.

What is your favourite motivational phrase.

“Don’t dream it, be it.” It’s a quote from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and it’s tattooed in Tibetan calligraphy down my right side. : )

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

I’m a founding member of the blog group the Smutketeers, along with authors R.G. Alexander and Robin L. Rotham. We have tons of guest authors, huge themed events (like our annual BDSM-A-Palooza and Para-Palooza, and our HUGE 12 Days of X-mas), we do costumed steampunk photo shoots every couple of years, and at the last RT Booklover’s Convention we took 90 readers and authors to see the opening night of Pitch Perfect 2 at a dinner theater—we always have something exciting up our sleeves! Right now I’m working on an amazing event with my fellow Smutketeers –we’re throwing one of the evening balls at the RT Booklover’s Convention in Las Vegas next year, and it will be nothing short of spectacular! The Cirque du Punk Ball will be steampunk/dieselpunk/cyberpunk themed, with circus acts, a DJ, a midway full of carnival games, and a live video and Twitter feed so fans and friends who can’t make the convention can still participate and win prizes. You can find that page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1637558226510632/ And you can read more about the event and meet all 22 Patrons of the Cirque Guild (an amazing group of authors!) in the December issue of RT Magazine.

Our fans always get the first scoop on our activities, books and special giveaways in our private Facebook group, the Smutketeers Brass Chattery—join us there or come see us in Las Vegas! And check my website, my Facebook pages and my Twitter feed for my upcoming live and online appearances.

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Thank you so much for joining us this week on the blog Eden! Be sure to follow Eden to keep up with all of her releases and news!

Website: http://www.EdenBradley.com

Blog: http://www.Smutketeers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEdenBradley.EveBerlin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdenBradley

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/edenandeve/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Bradley/e/B001IQUL8G/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/EdenBradley

Book Links:

DANGEROUSLY BROKEN

Amazon US http://tinyurl.com/na64udj

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/py72rml

B&N: http://tinyurl.com/pkzu29y

ARe: http://tinyurl.com/paksvtq

BAM: http://tinyurl.com/ohlz2my

Powells: http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780425269992-0

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THE TRAINING HOUSE: GIRL

Amazon US: http://tinyurl.com/qgn2lj6

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/oj7hld4

B&N: http://tinyurl.com/pb9kk6m

ARe: http://tinyurl.com/prx3jep

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5174290.Eden_Bradley

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Q & A with Tiana Nicole

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Please give a warm welcome to the lovely Tiana Nicole, our guest on the blog this week!

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Which writers inspire you?

The list is extremely long and almost impossible to narrow down. The very first novel that I read inspired me so much that I re-read the book five times. I loved the story just that much, and since that moment I would have to say Terry McMillian expires me the most. I’m also inspired by authors like Eric Jerome Dickey, Terri Woods, Mary Monroe, Mary B. Morrison just to name a couple.

So, what have you written?

I released My debut novel Deceitful Temptations January 2015 under my own imprint Triple Pearl Productions. My sophomore novel titled the Sacred Bond of Matrimony was released January 2015, along-side my debut novel Deceitful Temptations. I decided not to stop there by releasing my Junior novel titled Vengeance is Sweeter than Khandy in February 2015. I’m looking to publish three more novels by the end of the year along with a magazine publication, so I’m definitely keeping myself busy.

Where can we buy or see them?

Busy Any of my novels can be located on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, my website http://www.tiananicole.org, Books-A-million, and a wide array of other online retailers who distributes books.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Bus The novel that I fell in love with along with the readers would be my debut novel Deceitful Temptations. My favorite part to write was the ending due to my loving the idea of Charmaine coming into her own identity and finally saying enough is enough, and I can no longer mask my pain in exchange for the price of fame and notoriety.

What are you working on at the minute?

At the moment I’m working on three upcoming novels, with one being non-fiction titled You’re Not the Boss of Me. The other two novels I’m working on would be What’s Done After Sunset, and Forsaken Matrimony.

What genre are your books?

I write Contemporary Romance, and I also write Self-help non-fiction, because I love the idea of bridging the gap between perception and reality.

What draws you to this genre?

My favorite part to write was the ending due to my loving the idea of Charmaine coming into her own identity and finally saying enough is enough, and I can no longer mask my pain in exchange for the price of fame and notoriety. For the Contemporary Fiction genre, I was drawn into it based on my own reality. I believe that you write about some of what you’ve lived, so I would have to say that this genre chose me based off of my personal life experiences.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I would love to have Sanaa Lathan play my Character Gabana from my latest book Vengeance is Sweeter than Khandy. I believe Sanaa would be a fitting actress to play her character.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

I haven’t written any novels in collaboration with any other writers, however I’m hopeful for such a collaboration to take place in the future.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always been inspired to write since I was around or about the age of 13. I would write short stories that were intended to be full novels, however somehow I would tell the entire store the first five pages. I was discouraged by that particular short coming, and because of that I stopped writing as much. I officially started to develop a writing career in 2010. At the time I was employed as a Call Center Response Coordinator, and at the time when I was least expecting it to happen I started writing full time.

Why do you write?

I write because it’s therapeutic. I write because it helps me to understand people who I can’t seem to understand. When I can’t understand something, I create an understanding for it.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

As of June 2, 2015 I began authoring my novels full-time, in order to give my readers the best reading experience I could possibly offer.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I aim to write everyday however life happens, and in many instances you have to step away in order to recharge the inspiration and creativity.

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Thanks so much for being a part of the blog this week Tiana! Be sure to follow Tiana to keep up with her latest releases and other news!

Website: http://www.tiananicole.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thymonmason

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_Tiana

Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/Tiana Nicole

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tiana-Nicole

Book Links:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Deceitful-Temptations-Revised-Tiana-Nicole-ebook/dp/B00SC7ZTRM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Bond-Matrimony-Death-Part-ebook/dp/B00RCGCQWU/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

http://www.amazon.com/Vengeance-Sweeter-Khandy-Tiana-Nicole-ebook/dp/B00RQNNCQI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24561426-deceitful-temptations?from_search=true&search_version=servie

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24104595-the-sacred-bond-of-matrimony?from_search=true&search_version=service

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24280956-vengeance-is-sweeter-than-khandy?from_search=true&search_version=service