We have another one!! We do love our brave authors! Author Eden Ashe, author of today’s book blitz Dragon's Heart, steps into the cage and takes on our Only The Brave interview. We would like to thank Aden for popping over today and being an absolute sport. So…..
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Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
First off, I’m a romance junky. I love love stories, from Arwen and Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings to Ben and Leslie from Parks and Recreation to my newest addiction, Laura Kaye’s books. I’m also one of the hugest nerds out there. I’m actively avoiding Pinterest at the moment because I haven’t seen any of season three of Sherlock yet, and I might go all raging Hulk if someone spoils it for me.
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught… I started reading strictly romance after my oldest daughter was born eighteen years ago, until my love of reading turned into an overwhelming urge to write.
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
You’re going to laugh. My biggest fear was that my sweet, darling, beautiful grandmother would read those scenes. It was a huge block for me until finally, we were in the car together one day and I finally blurted out my fear. She just patted my arm and told me to let her know where those scenes were, because she’d read them first as they’re the best part. That was it, block was shattered. After I got over my shock, of course.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
That’s a hard one. I’m going to have to go with Murphy Muldoon from Born in Shame by Nora Roberts, just because I remember him being my very first real book boyfriend. I just wanted to eat him up.
Your favorite adult fiction books is-?
I have to pick? Ack. I’m not sure if it qualifies, but Ransom by Julie Garwood. I’ve read it more times than any other romance. I love Brodick.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
I think there’s always going to be new territory to surprise us. Look at the way New Adult has come out of nowhere and obsessed everyone. Readers want darker, grittier heroes, darker stories… I think for authors like me who tend to go more toward the dark side, it’s opening up a whole new world for us.
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
It was my Star Wars Trivial Pursuit game until it was destroyed by a burst pipe in my garage, so now I’d have to say it’s my extended version The Lord of the Rings movies. They’re not worth much to anyone who isn’t as obsessed with all thinks Tolkien as I am, but I watch them regularly and religiously.
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
They’re created from scratch. They just popped into my head one day and refused to go away.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
I think if you’re open to it, heck yeah it improves relationships. I know my husband has benefited from my writing sexy scenes, as he’s the one I use to help me research, of course. When you have a head full of pain-in-the-butt heroes, you have to start getting REALLY creative with the sex.
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
I’d start them with Julie Garwood, because it’s just impossible not to love her books, especially her historicals.
What is your motto?
“It simply isn’t a story worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” J.R.R. Tolkien
You have a few steamy moments in your novel. Were they created from fantasy or is there real life experience behind it?
Daniel is responsible for all the sex scenes. It’s all I’m saying.
Why did you choose a more experienced woman rather than a virgin?
Though it’s never mentioned in-story, Shelby wasn’t a virgin, mostly because after the events of their first time together Daniel probably would have blown a gasket if she had been.
Foreplay, some say it’s just a waste of energy, others feel that it’s a must. You’re opinion?
A waste of energy? I don’t understand. While I do think foreplay is different for each couple, I think it’s a must.
What sexual position is your favorite?
Ah…wow, you’re going there, huh? Okay, I’m a reverse cowgirl kind of girl.
Have you ever used your nails and left marks?
Do you think lingerie is a must for a relationship?
Considering my husband judges my new panties by how well they look on the floor? Not in my case.
Are you a screamer or the bite it down kind of lover?
Screamer. When the teenagers aren’t at home, of course.
Why did you choose to write Paranormal/Fantasy?
Because I don’t know how to write anything else anymore. Because I believe magic exists, and I need to write it.
There is a lot of biting in your novel, are you a biter yourself?
Not much biting in The Dragon’s Heart, but yeah, occasionally.
What creature/species do you think makes the ultimate lover?
I think any creature/being/species that can do the intense thing—like, oh, dragons *grins*--could definitely be the ultimate dream come true.
What creature/species if you’re favorite?
Dragons and fairies.
Wow just fanatic! Thanks again Eden. If you would like to find out more about Eden, check out our book blitz today and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!