I’m pleased to have author Eden Bradley here at FictionVixen.com today.
FV: Tell me about Eden Bradley-the quick and dirty version.
EB: Oh, I like quick and dirty…*G* I write smut full-time and teach Pilates part time. I live in Hollywood with my boyfriend and three cats, all of whom I adore, but I’m dying to get an ugly little dog-really…totally obsessed! I’m an art geek (I especially love the Surrealists and Neo-classical art), have an unhealthy relationship with stiletto heels, have the best friends in the world, and get to write off sex toys on my taxes. It’s a good life!
FV: You wrote your first novel at age twelve with a friend and you describe it as “a rather horrible romance novel”. Please tell me you still have a copy? Can you tell me just a little about it?
EB: *Groan* Luckily, that bit of garbage is long lost. I have absolutely no memory of it, other than that there was love and tragedy. I may have blocked the rest out. ‘Rather horrible’ was probably an understatement!
FV: Winter Solstice is a very sexy read with an interesting twist on fate. Can you tell me a little about the next novella in the series and your recent release Spring Equinox?
EB: Spring Equinox is a reunion story set on an island off the coast of Venezuela. Isla de Margarita is a real place-absolutely gorgeous! There’s love, there’s hot sex, and the hero’s best friend, just to spice things up. Here’s the official blurb:
Once upon a time, two young lovers made a vow to reunite…someday…
On a beach on the small Caribbean island of Isla de Margarita, Isabel Asher meets once more the man she left behind twelve years earlier, on her eighteenth birthday. The only man she’s ever truly loved. Rafael Cruz is all grown up, and he is every fantasy she’s ever had come back to life, and more. The chemistry is stunning, the sex sizzling, the power of their memories overwhelming. A few weeks together has them both wanting more, but can the sensual tropical nights spent in his bed lead them back to love? She’s about to find out…and maybe to have her heart broken in the process.
FV: Do you ever base the characters in your writings on people you know?
EB: Absolutely! Many of my secondary characters are named after fellow writers, and two of my heroes are based on a guy I had unresolved issues with (Shaye in my novella, SANCTUARY, which is part of the ‘Exclusive’ anthology, and Joshua in my novel, A 21ST CENTURY COURTESAN). I wrote him out of my system-it was therapeutic. That’s the danger in knowing an author. Our friends never know if they’ll end up as a hero, a sex slave in a BDSM training house, or a murder victim!
FV: Hmmm, you’re not by chance planning to include an obnoxious Vixen blogger who corners romance authors and pressures them into interviews and giveaways in your next story are you? Just askin’. What? That’s not sexy?
FV: What was the last book you read?
EB: I got to critique R.G. Alexander’s first novel for Berkley Heat, POSSESS ME (out in August). Awesome, hot anthology set in New Orleans-my favorite city.
FV: You hang with a group of girls known as the Smuketeers. Would you like to tell me a bit about your friendship with these ladies? Who came up with the idea for the name and blog?
EB: Well, we’re a smutty bunch, so the name was a natural…Seriously, we’re four friends who all write smut: myself, R.G. Alexander, Crystal Jordan and Lilli Feisty. R.G. came up with the name. She found a website that talked about the psychological profiles of the four Musketeers, and realized that we each matched one of the profiles, so she decided to write a book about us. Originally, it was called ‘Smutketeers in Space’, but it’s now morphed into a Steampunk idea (waiting to be written), which is why our Smutketeers blog is Steampunk style.
We’re incredibly close and talk pretty much every day, even though we’re scattered all over the country and only see each other a few times a year. They’re all amazing writers and even more amazing friends, and we couldn’t live without each other.
FV: What’s next for you?
EB: Lots! Currently, I’m working on several projects: my second novel for Harlequin Spice (the first, THE LOVERS, will be out in January, 2011) and I’m doing final edits on SUMMER SOLSTICE, the third book in my Celestial Seductions series for Samhain. After that I’ll write my second book for Berkley Heat. I’m writing for them under a new pen name, Eve Berlin. The first Eve book, PLEASURE’S EDGE, comes out in October-a hot and romantic BDSM-themed book. Watch for Eve’s website to be launched in the next few weeks-it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to unveil it!
But my next release will be THE BREEDER, my part in the Smutketeers’ post-apocalyptic ‘Wasteland’ series. We’ve been working on these stories and this world for about a year, so we’re very excited! The series comes out in May, and we’ll be doing all sorts of fun promo for it in April and May, including some special events at the Romantic Times Convention. We just got a preview of the cover art, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! The artist, Kanaxa, did an incredible job, and she’s making us a downloadable wallpaper, a tapestry of all four covers-it’s going to be awesome!
Later in the year Book Two in my Midnight Playground series, BLOODSONG, will be out. It’s the follow-up to THE SEEKING KISS, the first dirty vampire story I’ve written in twenty years. I’ve been writing nothing but contemporaries until very recently, so the post-apocalyptic and my vampires have been a lot of fun!
At some point I will actually pause for a moment and breathe.
Thanks so much for having me today, Vixen!
FV: Thanks so much for being my guest today, I’m certainly looking forward to your upcoming works. I must say you are one busy lady!
Eden Bradley has generously offered 2 ebook copies of her novella Winter Solstice for giveaway.
Giveaway is open to everyone, I will announce the winner on March 14.
Winter Solstice is story of fated love. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me, are you a romantic at heart? Do you believe in fated love? Or is that the stuff fairy tales and romance novels are made of. (Either way it’s good stuff!)
Good luck to all who enter!