Today it is my great pleasure to have a visit from the very talented Eden Summers to celebrate her new release Reckless Weekend.
Since Sneaking a Peak came out in November 2012, you’ve managed to get out quite a few books. Tell me, how do you manage your writing time with a young family and a dishy fireman of your own to look after?
I’m lucky. Even though my ‘dishy fireman’ works three jobs, he is actually home quite a lot. We share all the home duties—cooking, cleaning, parenting etc. So it gives me a lot of freedom to write. My youngest (4) is also at pre-school four days a week, which helps a whole helluva lot.
How many times were you turned down from a book offer before you finally got
I took a bit of a different route with my submission process. Instead of aiming for the top publishing houses, I started at the bottom, wanting to start out with a smaller publisher so I didn’t make a fool out of myself or disappoint anyone if I couldn’t hack the process. I got accepted almost right away.
I have had my share of rejections since then, though. Each one hurting a little more than the last.
Tell us a something about yourself that is not in your author bio.
I’m a stressaholic who relies on the relief of alcohol to calm my nerves. Give me vodka, soda, and lime any day (although, I only succumb once a week—I swear I’m not an alcoholic…yet). But I’m also a lightweight. So one drink is usually enough to do the job.
Have you ever started writing something and then scrapped it?
Hell yes. I have heaps. A paranormal shifter romance. Another rock star novel. A contemporary ménage. A fantasy piece. The list goes on. I’d like to revive and finish them all, but I’m not sure if I ever will.
Share the titles of three scorchers on your bedside table.
Apart from notebooks, I don’t have any books on my bedside table. They are all on my kindle. But the authors I’m dying to catch up on are Lorelei James, Delilah Devlin, Cindy Gerard, and Pamela Clare. Too much writing. Not enough reading.
Do you have a book in your house that is destroyed because you've read it so
Can you believe I’ve only ever re-read one book? I love reading, but I don’t read the same thing twice. There are too many new ones I don’t have time to read.
Do you use test readers? If so, how many?
No, not really. I have a few crit partners, a content editor, copy editor, and many proofreaders, but I don’t usually send my stories to test readers.
What does your writing space look like? Feel free to give us a photo too J
Because I work on my laptop, I tend to move around a lot. I’ll write at the dinner table, on the couch, or outside under the patio. But this is my designated office space…
How much of the characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
A little piece of me is in every heroine. And I suppose, the same goes for characteristic of my husband in every hero. I like writing about sassy, sarcastic protagonists and I don’t think that will ever change. But I think my characters are a lot cooler than I am. Smarter, sexier, and quicker to give a verbal smack-down too.
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Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.
In late 2010, Eden's romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.
Eden can't resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.