Indie Book Promo is delighted to welcome Eden Baylee to the blog! She is the author of Spring into Summer and is here to answer a few questions and share some information about her latest book. If this sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please use the buy links at the bottom of the post to pick up a copy or two.
IBP – Tell us about your new release.
Eden – Spring into Summer is a collection of four emotionally-charged erotic novellas. Two take place in the spring and two in the summer.
My love of poetry inspired this book, and the first story called “A Season For Everything” is heavily influenced by my affection for poets.
In “Unlocking the Mystery,” I pay respect to the serendipity of life. Though my writing is steeped in reality, this story acknowledges we can’t always explain the magical quality of love.
“Summer Solstice” kicks off the hot season. Everything about this story is hot—the men, the women, the toys. It’s a party with pagans, and they know how to have fun.
The final novella is “The Lottery,” a story that touches on many themes, but at its core, is about the choices we have, the sacrifices we make and the relationships we keep.
IBP – Do you read reviews written about your book?
Eden – Yes, I do. I feel it’s important to know what readers think of my writing —good or bad. Honest reviews help me become a better writer, so I always welcome them.
IBP – If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?
Eden – I would’ve loved to be a carpenter. I’m a fan of power tools and working with wood. I’m dead serious, but even as I write this, I realize how much of a double-entendre that last sentence is for someone who writes erotica.
IBP – How would your friends describe you in 20 words or less?
Eden – I hope they’d consider me loyal, sympathetic, and caring above all else, but most of the time, they think I’m a fearless smart ass.
IBP – Which scenes were the hardest to write?
Eden – The sex scenes are always hard for me to write, which may seem odd for a writer in my genre. The reason is because the sexual act itself is not particularly interesting to write, yet because it is erotica, this connective piece needs to be included. I treat it with a lot of care because there is always the concern it might sound too clinical.
For me, it’s the foreplay and the story that stimulates the imagination prior to the act itself that arouses. By the time, my characters are having sex, I would hope my reader is sufficiently turned on.
IBP – Who is your favorite character in your new release?
Eden – I have a strong affinity for Sierra Zhao in my final story called “The Lottery.” It’s the most auto-biographical of all the stories, so let’s just say … I’ve walked in her shoes.
IBP – How did you come up with the premise for your books?
Eden – I have two books, and they are both anthologies with four stories each – Fall into Winter and Spring into Summer. I figure I had to get all the seasons under my belt.
I know many authors would’ve packaged them differently, perhaps even selling each novella as a separate book. My main reasoning for doing it this way was to give readers a good feel for my writing style. I also wanted print versions of the books, which only made sense to do if there was sufficient material.
IBP – Which genres do you prefer to read?
Eden – I read everything from literary fiction to thrillers to autobiographies to poetry. I don’t have favorites, and it’s important I read different types of books because I get bored easily. Aside from keeping me engaged, reading different genres allows me to experience various writing styles.
As an indie writer, I also read a lot of indie books. It’s important to see the quality of work out there regardless of genre.
I’m open to reading almost anything as long as the writing is good.
IBP – How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages and reviews?
Eden – Yes, I give a “thank you” to reviewers, and I always reply to blog comments and messages.
I’m an author who wants to be read. Without readers, that is not possible, so it’s of utmost importance to correspond with them. It also gives me great satisfaction to hear from readers because writing is ultimately a solitary endeavor. It’s nice to look up from the keyboard once in a while and know your words are connecting to someone.
IBP – Do you ever run into someone who says “You write WHAT?”
Eden – Yes, erotica is a misunderstood genre of literature. Most people consider it only to be sex scenes connected by commas. It’s not.
I’ve read classics all my life and was influenced early on when I read Story of O by Pualine Réage at age eleven.
Like any genre of writing, good erotica incorporates a solid plot, characterization, and all the elements required to tell a good story. The sexual act is an important part of it, but even more so are the words leading up to it. The amount of sex that exists should only be to serve the story.
IBP – Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?
Eden – I’m always working on something, and it’s a full-length novel right now. The genre is yet to be determined, but it will definitely have erotic elements to it.
As to when it will be released … I aim for within a year. I’m not one of those authors who can grind out a book every three months, and it’s difficult for me to both promote and write at the same time. It will be challenging, but I’m looking forward to it.
Thanks so much for allowing me to share with your readers. I really appreciate it, eden
About the book –
In Spring into Summer, a collection of emotionally-charged erotic novellas, four women explore their sexual limits, marked by love, lust, and loss.
Life for Claire Pelletier is changed forever when she meets a professor who teaches her a most important lesson in “A Season for Everything.”
Evelyn Sutton goes in search of a man in “Unlocking the Mystery” and discovers the key to her own heart.
With an open mind, Ava Connors attends a party but wonders if reality can ever live up to her hottest fantasies in “Summer Solstice.”
In “The Lottery,” Sierra Zhao sacrifices herself to numerous men to help a friend, fully aware of the consequences.
With locations in London,Dublin, Cape Cod, and Bangkok, these four women will seek pleasure to alter their lives and push their sexual boundaries.
Eden Baylee writes literary erotica. 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.
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