Eden Baylee writes literary erotica and infuses erotic elements into many of her stories. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is both sensual and sexual.
Her latest release is a book of erotic flash fiction and poetry called HOT FLASH.
SPRING INTO SUMMER is her second collection of erotic novellas and the companion piece to her first book, FALL INTO WINTER.
Time to chat with Eden!
What is your latest book?
My latest book is Hot Flash. It’s a book of erotic short stories and poems, with two non-erotic pieces as well.
I have two other books of literary erotica called Fall into Winter and Spring into Summer. Each is an anthology comprised of four novellas. Though the two books are companion pieces, the stories are distinct and cover varying levels of eroticism.
Please, tell us about your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least-favorite parts of it?
As an indie author who writes full time, social media is a necessity in promoting myself. I’m on numerous networks because it’s important to be as connected as possible.
Having said that, striking a balance between my work and social life is essential. There are only so many hours in a day, and it’s easy to be swayed toward “chatting” on Facebook or Twitter as opposed to writing.
My favorite part of social media is meeting incredible writers, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some in person.
My least favorite part is dealing with social media ‘newbies.’ These are people who only use the medium to sell their products and treat others as if they are their own PR firm. Rudeness and the hard sell do not work in real life, and they don’t work in the virtual life either.
Having our work out there to be judged by strangers is often daunting for writers. Do you have any tips on handling a negative review?
I have no fear of reviews because readers are as diverse as writers. Tastes differ.
As an author, it’s important to grow a thick skin. Don’t let negative reviews affect you emotionally. If you think there is merit to what the reviewer says, i.e.: holes in the plot, bad grammar, etc., do something about it to improve on the next book. If you don’t think there’s merit to the bad review, move on. There’s no point dwelling on it.
Writers are not perfect, and there’s always room to improve. Bad reviews should never stop you from writing. Don’t take it personally.
We all know the old saying; you can’t judge a book by its cover. This is true. However, how much importance do you place on your book cover design?
I place a lot of importance on the design because there’s another old saying, “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” I’m a visual person, and my initial response to a book is usually from the cover.
If the cover is poorly done, then I infer the content inside might be poorly written. This isn’t necessarily true, of course, but it’s important to have a professional appearance. It entices readers to look inside. In a less competitive market, this would not be an issue, but we all know our books are competing with millions of other books out there.
A great cover design is one way to help your book rise above the crowd.
How would you define your style of writing?
I don’t like formulaic writing. Mine is filled with original storylines, strong narratives and written in an easy style. Though my books fall in the erotica/romance genre right now, I write in many genres, including thriller, suspense, and poetry.
I don’t like to be bound by style or genre.
A lot of authors are frustrated by readers who don’t understand how important reviews are. What would you say to a reader who doesn’t think his or her review matters?
I’d explain patiently that it does matter, but I would never get frustrated with a reader for not writing a review. They may not feel comfortable with writing reviews for various reasons.
Ultimately, readers (who are not authors) read for pleasure. They support authors by buying their books and spreading the word if they liked what they read. It’s not their job to “promote” the author, and writing reviews is certainly not part of a reader’s mandate.
As authors, it’s good to encourage reviews but never to coerce them from readers.
Where do you live now? If you had to move to another city/state/country, where might that be?
I live in Toronto, Canada now. I’d love to live in New York City if I could afford to.
London, England is also a favorite.
What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?
Loyalty and an adventurous spirit. Though my friends may not do everything I want to do, they are always open-minded to me doing it—especially if I make a fool of myself, and they can say “I told you so!”
What makes you angry?
People who are rude, mean, insincere, intolerant, uncaring.
What music soothes your soul?
I love old blues and jazz – Nina Simone, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker. I’m also a fan of virtuoso guitar and listen to Jeff Beck and Pink Floyd a lot.
Many thanks for inviting me to your chateau, Lisette. It was a pleasure to be here,
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