Interview: Eden Baylee
I met Eden Baylee on Twitter almost two years now. She is always so pleasant to talk to, and I felt I could ask her anything about writing. I loved how passionate she was about erotica, writing and reading. I can honestly say that Eden is the sole reason why I’m back reading erotica. She brings back the romance in sex scenes, using her words as beautiful illustration, without making everything seem like a rushed porno.
I had the privilege of winning her first book Fall Into Winter. It is written in four stories, all of which I read in one go. She is able to draw you into simple worlds with characters that seem like everyday people. The scenes are memorable, the scenes are very well scripted. This is my first interview with her, but I wanted to bring something fresh as if I had never talked to her before. I had such a fun time thinking up questions to ask her. I love making her laugh, and this interview has been my second favorite to give. I love how she is willing to talk about how she grew up and where she has come from. I hope you love Eden Baylee as much as I do.
You have written two erotica books. Is there more coming?
Yes! I actually just published my third book Hot Flash. It’s a book of erotic short stories and poems, with two non-erotic stories for the holidays too. Though I will continue to write with erotic elements in my stories, I’m working on a full-length novel due out next year. It will be a mix of John Fowles/Charles Bukowski/Haruki Murakami and a dash of Pauline Réage thrown in for good measure.
Have you done any book signings?
Yes, I just did my third book signing, and it was a lovely event. I sold books, gave prizes, and chatted with friends and readers.
I also did a reading from Spring into Summer.
Where is your most popular place to write?
I change it up. Sometimes I write at the dining table with books and other necessities around me. Other times, I write while standing up at the kitchen counter.
How do you plot?
This is a difficult question for me because I never deconstruct my writing. I have a vague idea for a story and I just GO! The most important thing I do to steep myself in the discipline of writing is to write everyday. In doing that, characters, plot, and all the essentials for a story develop from day-to-day life. To be inspired to write, you need to do things other than write.
What is the book you enjoyed the most?
I have a copy of Steven Marty Grant’s poetry collection by my bed. It’s called Another Hotel Room, and it’s inspired my own writing in so many ways. I even read from it at my own book signing. He’s an amazing author and has changed the way I think about poetry.
What do you need close to you while writing?
A cup of tea, notepad, pens, highlighters, vibrator, lip balm, and hand cream.
Besides writing, what do you do to fill your time?
My favorite thing to do is spend time with people I care about – dinner, drinks, conversation, trips. I write full-time and no longer have co-workers in the traditional sense, so many of my friends are also virtual, and I’ve had the pleasure to meet some of them.
Is there more for readers to do to support their favorite writers?
Readers support writers by buying their books. Without readership, it’s difficult to continue writing, so I’m grateful for each person who puts down his or her hard-earned money on my books.
Receiving reviews is appreciated, but ultimately, readers (who are not authors) read for pleasure. It’s not their job to “promote” the author unless they want to.
I’m thrilled for feedback about my books whether it’s from a review, an email, or a comment via social media.
What makes you laugh?
I love to laugh so I find humor in many things. I can be amused by a Monty Python skit, dry English humor, and even bad toilet humor. Few things offend me.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Not a favorite, but I do like: “Life is series of short stories pretending to be a novel.” I’ve never found out who said this.
What is your favorite animal… from a Disney movie?
Hahaha! Goofy of course!
Lastly, where is the best place for us to get to know you? Shower us with links Eden!!
Hehe! You’re hilarious, Nicole! OK, here goes:
Author page on Amazon.com
Author page on Amazon.UK
Eden Baylee writes literary erotica and erotic romance. Her stories are both sensual and sexual, incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on. Spring into Summer is her second collection of erotic novellas and the companion piece to her first book, Fall into Winter.
Her latest book is a collection of erotic flash fiction and poetry called Hot Flash.