An Interview With Author Eden Baylee
My blog post this week is a most particular pleasure. Having been interviewed myself by this adorable lady, here is my chance to change seats, to be the inquisitive one. To Eden’s many friends who are in the audience, please feel free to re-blog this interview.
So, without delay:
An Interview with Eden Baylee
Eden Baylee is one of the grandest ladies I know…supportive of so many authors and friends. She is one of those people who has a lot of humanity the world would not necessarily know about. She is an author who has written erotic books – and written them with a literary flair and without the raw and gratuitous verbiage that many readers might associate with erotic writing. Her style is warm and inviting, and her themes touch on real life issues and content. There are described in her writing the beauty of love, romance, and sadness that drops in on all of us. Her writings speak to life and have literary melodies that flow through them.
With a course change, Eden launched her very first full-length novel, Stranger at Sunset, and this psychological thriller hit the streets on June 30, 2014. I can tell you there is a beautiful, strong, female protagonist who may have dabs of quirk in her behavior but you will love her – guaranteed! Here is the beautiful cover and the buy sites:
Amazon US – http://amzn.to/1wmygEY
Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/1pDH9ry
(There are rave reviews already accumulating on Amazon – US and UK)
Hmmm, I think I saw the book on Times Square…
Why don’t I stop with the monologue and have you meet this great lady, Eden Baylee, a Canadian lass who writes under the alias just mentioned, a banker for some years before she began writing…but, wait, the Q and A will tell her tale…
Question: Surely you have much more to tell us about yourself, your personal life, and times?
Answer: Oh my, Billy Ray! You sure know how to make a girl blush. Thank you so much for that incredible introduction. Hmm … as for my personal life, I never think people are all that interested in me. Most of anything you want to know can be found on my blog or website.
But in a nutshell, I’m born and bred in Canada, raised French, now living in Toronto, which is English. As you know, Canada is a bilingual country. I speak four languages fluently and get by with mediocre German and Spanish. In 2010, I left banking after twenty years to write full time. I haven’t looked back since. I’m an audiophile, logophile, and an introvert, though I do enjoy being with good friends.
Question: What do you consider the most dramatic event of your life?
Answer: Wow, you’re not letting me off easy, are you? 😉
I suppose it would be when I had cancer. It took almost two years out of my life, but it reset my priorities. Though I would not wish an illness upon anyone, it brought into focus what was really important for me. Leaving my job was part of it.
I had a lot of fear about failing as a writer, but that fear paled in comparison to how I would feel if I never gave writing a chance. I never wanted to look back and regret that I was too afraid to make a life change. As much as I can, I don’t allow fear to rule me anymore.
Question: What was the very first piece of writing that gave you the passage and passion to become a full-time author?
Answer: It’s the first erotic novel I read: Story of O by Pauline Réage. I was eleven. It left an impression that has stayed with me all my life. In your introduction, you alluded to good vs. bad erotica. I have read both, just as I have read good and bad mysteries, and other genres. I think it’s important to know the difference, and this can only happen by exposing oneself to both ends of the spectrum.
I have always loved ‘sensual’ writing, the type that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Of course, it does not necessarily have to contain sex. Writing that draws in the reader emotionally spans all genres.
My goal was to write stories to make others feel like I did when I read that first erotic book. Of course, erotica left an indelible mark on my psyche, so that’s what I started writing. You can find many of my non-erotic works in my shorts and flash fiction.
Question: Which authors and/or life themes have inspired and motivated you to write?
Answer: I won’t name any one author because there are many, including you, Billy Ray. You are inspiring in that you have written so many books. “Prolific” does not even begin to describe you!
As for life themes, I love writing about foreign places because I love travel even though I haven’t had much opportunity of late to go away. I also love music, poetry, art, and languages. All these themes play into my stories.
My latest book shows my love for psychology, which I majored in while going to university … then I became a banker. Go figure. I don’t even like numbers!
Question: How about the process of writing itself? What emotions run unbidden within you while sitting and pecking at your laptop?
Answer: Oh god, Billy Ray! I laughed aloud with this question! I have never been asked this before. First of all, I don’t sit to write. I stand. I find sitting for too long makes me tired and hurts my back, so standing at my kitchen counter has proven to be much better for keeping me alert.
As for emotions? I’m probably just saying to myself: Get this damn book written already. What’s taking you so long?! I’m not the most patient person.
[That’s interesting that you stand and write… One of my favorite authors of old was Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again) — he was a tall man and wrote his long novels standing, penning his words atop a refrigerator.]
Question: Is there a time of day you feel more effective as a writer?
Answer: I’m a night owl, though lately I have been getting up with the birds and have been surprised by my productivity. I usually don’t go to bed until well after midnight, so it makes for long days. I love the quiet of the night and can write clearly after dark.
Question: Other than writing, what are some of your most favorite moments of leisure?
Answer: I love good conversation, so it’s usually time spent with friends, dinner, wine, or something in that vein. I enjoy good films, my harmonica, and now that the weather is hot (finally!), I tend to my small flower and herb garden.
Question: This may be tough for you, but is your good husband aware of our current affair – AND, the discarded affair you had with John Dolan? (Tee Hee!)
Answer: Billy Ray! I thought you were going to keep our little secret.
There are some wonderful and supportive authors in my social network. Both you and John rank highly as two of my favorite and closest friends.
As you know, writing is a solitary profession, and it’s always wonderful to meet like-minded people who can help pass the day with humor.
Question: More seriously, and I know you are being interviewed consistently since Stranger at Sunset came out, can you give us a brief summary of the book and what motivated you to write this psychological thriller?
Answer: Stranger at Sunset is inspired by a real place, but my love for characters inspired the story. The title is a play on words, as it’s meant to explore the ‘stranger’ in all of us. I was motivated to write a psychological mystery/thriller because I enjoy the genre, both in books and in film.
Here is a summary of Stranger at Sunset:
Stranger at Sunset is a slow-burning mystery/thriller as seen through the eyes of different narrators, each with their own murky sense of justice. As Kate’s own psychological past begins to unravel, a mysterious stranger at Sunset may be the only one who can save her.
Question: Finally, will there be a sequel to Stranger at Sunset and/or more writing in this (or, these) genres?
Answer: Yes to both. I envision Stranger at Sunset to be the first of a trilogy. I’m working on the second book right now called: A Fragile Truce, and there’s an excerpt in the current book. The books will feature my protagonist Dr. Kate Hampton and maybe a few other recurring characters, but she is always in the starring role.
Question: Any ending comments and/or suggestions you would like to leave with your many fans, with authors, potential authors, and readers in general?
Answer: First and foremost, THANK YOU, Billy Ray, for your generous spirit as a man and author. I’m amazed you find the time to both write and help promote other authors with such zeal. It has been my pleasure to be a part of your blog, and I am so thankful for your help and continued support. Your humor continues to keep me on my toes. 😉
As for readers, I truly hope they enjoy the book. I’m always grateful for feedback via a review or connection through any of my networks. Talking to readers is one of the biggest pleasures of being a writer.
Thanks again, Billy Ray. xox
We tease a lot and find amusement in our interchanges on Twitter and the other networks, but I do want the cyberspace folks and the world to know that you have a big heart, a lovely writing style, and a most charitable, generous nature. I cherish our simpatico relationship…and bless your husband for putting up with my inanities.
Also, to the world, I say: Please buy and read Stranger at Sunset – otherwise, that ‘generous’ check will not reach me. 🙂
OTHER WORKS BY EDEN BAYLEE
With her new psychological thriller, Stranger at Sunset, Eden’s body of work consists of ten books. A few are listed below… For a complete list of her books, visit the links below:
http://www. goo.gl/34Gdvl – amazon.com (US)
http://www. goo.gl/DQKJJa – amazon.co.uk (UK)
To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list at her website.
There may be duplication but here following are all of Eden’s Links:
Website – http://edenbaylee.com
New Link – www.edenbayleebooks.com
Amazon Author page US
Amazon Author page UK
Of course, you can always find me here, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and http://billyraychitwood.weebly.com
34 thoughts on “An Interview With Author Eden Baylee”
Wonderful interview! And she’s a Canadian too! Thank you for such a terrific post! Cher xo
Hi Cher, lovely to meet you here, and thank you very much for reading and leaving a comment. Visited and liked your site. LUCKY you for living in one of my fave cities in the USA – windy Chicago. You have the waterfront that Toronto aspires to have, but that I will probably not see in my lifetime. The construction in this city moves like a snail trail.
Good to meet another Canadian here!
Hi Eden! It is lovely to meet you here as well. Thank you so much; I look forward to reading much more on your blog. Ah yes, I agree with you 100%, Eden. I think the city founders of Chicago were visionaries in allowing miles of the waterfront to be accessible to the public. That said, I know Toronto sadly did not follow suit. I am from outside of Toronto, so I know exactly what you mean. Good to meet another Canadian here, too, dear Eden! Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful day! P.S. I wrote a post not too long about about Tim Hortons and its 50th anniversary! With hugs and light, Cher xo
Thanks, Cher, for the nice compliment. To you a great day! xo
And to you as well, kind sir; thank you! xo
My sweet man, Billy Ray,
This was such a fun interview, and I am happy to have done it while in the Big Apple. At least I was in the same country with you!
It was so much fun to answer your questions. You are SUCH a gracious host, and I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done. Connecting to an inspiring author like you has been one of the true pleasures of this business.
I cannot wait to see all the wonderful things coming your way with your upcoming release. Exciting times!
Big hugs always
Aw, shuckeedurn! Luv ya for saying all those nice words. By the way, my subliminal ‘Bailey’ is now forever on this and the other blogs ‘Baylee’. 🙂 (Just wouldn’t let me get away with it, would you?) xox
Great interview, Billy! Congratulations on your latest release, Eden! Wow…Time Square…awesome!
Thanks so much Jill! It’s amazing what Photoshop can do, seriously 😉
Your book was difficult to put down. A dear friend of mine recently told me you should read for pleasure….no need to rush. I read page after page indulging myself with pleasure. Thank you my sweet Eden for a terrific book. You outdid yourself on book one. I await another encounter with Kate the sly one.
Hi, Rob, thanks for your good comments…the only way to read: for pleasure! 🙂
Wow, Rob… thank you so much for your delightful comment. I concur with your friend about reading for pleasure. So thrilled you enjoyed the book, and I look forward to more from Dr. Kate Hampton as well. She is a sly one indeed 😉
Hi, Jill, thanks as always for your thoughtfulness and kind words. All my best.
WOW – what an amazingly brave and talented woman! 😀 Great interview Billy Ray xxxx
Dianne, so lovely of you to comment, and thank you! I’m not sure of the ‘brave’ though, I’m making it up as I go along! Hope you have a great weekend,
Thanks, dear lady. You know how to make my day! xox
Fun interview, Billy Ray and Eden!
Thanks, William, for your kind words. Have a great weekend and best wishes.
Thanks William for visiting me here, and I appreciate your reading.
Reblogged this on voicetonemood and commented:
Thanks for an all time great example of the type of interview I would love to do
Thank you for the nice compliment. I’m wishing you the very best.
Thanks for the reblog, much appreciated! I connected to your blog too,
Okay, and I shall take you up on that offer of an interview… Much thanks again
Thanks for the fine interview, Bill & Eden. You’re both an inspiration to me.
Hi Timothy, Billy Ray certainly knows how to ask questions that make me think! Thanks very much for reading 😉
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Thanks, Dr. Tim… You don’t do such a bad job of inspiring yourself, my friend. All the best to you and yours…
What a great interview. I can’t wait to start reading your first full length novel.
Your nice words are so much appreciated. Best wishes to you.
Thanks for your comment M. Lee.
Great to see you here on Billy Ray’s site too,
Lovely interview, Billy Ray and Eden. I wish you all the best with your book, Eden.
Diane, really appreciate your comment here and thank you. xo
Thanks, Diane, for your good wishes. My best to you.