When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?
I always listen to music when I write-it helps to set the mood and tone for each book, and I have playlists in my iTunes for all the books I’ve written in the last several years. Some of the songs on the playlist for DANGEROUSLY BOUND are: Drive by Incubus (you have to listen to the lyrics--so touching), Relax My Beloved by Alex Clare (he’s a new obsession--love his stuff!), The Same Side by Lucie Silvas (a great song for a reunion story), Kingdom of Rain by The The (this one is on almost all of my writing playlists), Get Outta My Head by Intwine (an amazing band from the Netherlands-sadly not together anymore, but their lead singer Roger Peterson is a HUGE crush of mine!).
Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?
Well, my very first kiss was not terribly romantic. I was about four years old—I was playing The Wizard of Oz with the little boy who lived across the street. He kissed me right on the mouth and I was so mad I stormed home-lol! But my first *real* kiss…oh, that was another matter. I remember that melting feeling, heat just shimmering over my skin and right down into my bones. There’s nothing better than really hot kissing!
What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?
I’m very lucky in that my family is incredibly supportive of my writing. My parents even have several of my books on a table in their guest room for their visitors. My dad loves to tell people that his daughter writes ‘smut’-said in the most loving way. ; ) My brothers came to my first live reading, which was fairly excruciating! Even in a family as close and open-minded as mine, there are some things you just do not want to say in front of your brothers!
Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?
I’m madly in love with Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series! Those books are so gorgeously written, and her characters so complex—I wish I’d written them myself!
What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?
I’d probably be teaching Pilates, which I did for a few years while still writing when the economy was taking a downswing. My specialty was clients with spinal issues, people who were post-surgery or post-chemo. I loved that sense of satisfaction in seeing my clients feel better, function better and their lives improve. And it was a great way to get me off my behind and exercising every day, which I don’t do nearly enough these days.
Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?
Is shopping for shoes a hobby…? *G*
Actually, I have several, and now that I think about it they’re mostly creative. I love to make ATC’s (Artist’s Trading Cards). These are small—the size of a playing card—bits of multi-media pieces. You can use pretty papers, ribbon, buttons, stickers, ink stamps, bits of lace…anything you’d use for scrapbooking and more.
I’ve introduced it to a lot of author friends, including Jax Cassidy and Jeannie Lin, who have both since blogged about it. We’ve all found that it’s a refreshing way to exercise a different part of the creative mind.
I’m also a huge costume geek! Right now I’m working on several costumes for the parties at the RT Booklover’s Convention in New Orleans in May, which I do every year. But one of my favorite things to work on are the steampunk costumes for the photo shoots we do for Smutketeers (my group blog with fellow authors R.G. Alexander and Robin L. Rotham). You can see the pics in the photo galleries on our blog. We’re due for another one in New Orleans--can’t wait!
My other current ‘hobby’ is raising my Boston Terrier puppy, Voodoo, which is keeping me pretty busy. He is the cutest cartoon character dog ever!
What is your favorite addition to chocolate?
Currently, sea salt and caramel!
What is something you do to de-stress?
I watch the most heinous reality TV. I have a secret—or now, not-so-secret—addiction to the Kardashians, every dating show around…it helps me to just shut my brain off and wind down when I’ve been working too much—which is most of the time.
What do you do when you think nobody is watching?
I sing. Seriously. I have the worst singing voice—a terrible crime since I come from a family of musicians. Believe me, it’s much better that I not expose anyone to my voice! The only time I’ll sing in front of other people is at karaoke if I’m with a big group I can hide behind.
What was your favorite childhood book?
Ooh--so many! But if I had to choose just one I think it would be LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott. I loved reading and re-reading about the March girls, and I’ve loved every single movie version ever made.
We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?
Music is definitely a big factor. But I also take bits and pieces from my real life—romantic moments, my experiences in the kink world (which I’m very open about) have definitely inspired me a lot—characters, places…
10 Fun Facts about Eden:
I fall in love far too easily, but I guess that can be a good thing for a romance author. : )
When I was little I wanted to be a ballerina, a nurse, an archaeologist—and a writer!
I’m deathly allergic to avocados—a tragedy for a California girl! (and maybe not the most ‘fun’ fact).
I have had my toenails painted every single day of my life since I was eighteen. My favorite color is a dark eggplant/red.
I did competition body building in my twenties. I wanted to look like Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2.
I will read the same handful of books and watch the same handful of movies over and over again-they comfort me.
I read almost nothing but hard-core sci-fi for years.
I’m fascinated by ancient Egypt, something I share with my father and my great Uncle James, who passed before I was born—he was an archaeologist and worked at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.
I love body art, collect tattoo books and have quite a bit of ink myself.
One of my favorite albums as a kid was Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies--I think I was eleven when I got it. To this day I know almost every single lyric to every song on that album. Some of my friends say that explains a lot. *G*
Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She’s not a child anymore.
But with two in the kitchen…
When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won’t be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.
Can they take the heat?
Allie has made the first move, but now it’s up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.
Group blog: http://www.Smutketeers.com/
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Eden Bradley writes dark, edgy erotica and erotic romance for Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice and HQN, Berkley Heat (as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin), and Samhain Publishing. Two of her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, and her novel FORBIDDEN FRUIT was profiled in Cosmopolitan Magazine's Red Hot Reads column in 2008. More recently her BDSM book THE DARK GARDEN hit the top paperback fiction charts in the UK. Her books have been translated into German, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Polish and Japanese.
As someone who has been involved in BDSM practice for much of her adult life, she relates in particular to her BDSM and kink stories, infusing them with her own truth about kink practice from her life experiences.
Eden has appeared regularly on Playboy Radio's 'Night Calls' and the Hollywood In the Flesh readings. She loves art, shoes, tattoos, reading smutty books, chocolate and sex, of course, not necessarily in that order.
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