Give a warm welcome to the lovely Eden Bradley!
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 other 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. 😉
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.
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!
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THE TRAINING HOUSE: GIRL
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