We’re going to have a wonderful author here with us today for another round of TRLR Q&A. This time, it’s none other than Eden Butler. throws confetti
As you know, Eden just recently released her first romantic-suspense book Shadows & Lies last March 26. That means you can now purchase this book on Amazon US, Amazon UK, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords. Eden is also giving away a $25 Amazon GC and 5 ebook copy of any Eden Butler back list title, so watch out for the giveaway link at the end of this post.
Q&A with Eden Butler
For those who don’t know who Eden Butler is…Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
“Eden Butler” is the name Tee writes smoochy books under, but we are definitely the same people. We both love writing and romance and impossible, beautiful worlds and we’re both convinced that Mr. The Rock is our committed (pretend) boyfriend. Um, just don’t tell our husband that.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Sadly, I still work full time so the majority of my day is eaten up in my cubicle located in the northwest section of the Seventh Circle of Corporate Hell. I work professionally as a technical writer so I am using my graduate degree, but I’m in the health care industry which is mind-numbingly boring.
When I write I generally outline, perfect that outline, then just jump into the first draft. If I’m on a deadline (let’s be honest, I’m always on a deadline), I go through the first draft very quickly and can do 10-20k words over a weekend. My husband, who is very handy and clever, built me a gorgeous desk six months ago and I pretty much live there. Sad, really, but there it is and I don’t walk away from my desk, ever, unless I’ve written at least 2k words.
Your previous books have been NA romance, but Shadows and Lies is romantic suspense, was it a conscious decision to move away from NA or is it something that you’ve been planning to write for a long time?
It was, actually. I love NA and I love writing about young adults figuring things out for themselves, but Ryan, who first showed up on the page in Finding Serenity, was most definitely not a “young adult.” He is a seasoned veteran of life and war and there was no way his story would be about his twenties…that was just an ugly, ugly time for him. When I made the decision to write Ryan’s story, I knew it had to be an adult story.
I typically dislike “labeling” books into categories and I don’t ever want to limit myself by saying “I’m only going to write NA or Romance or Dinosaur Porn.” (Kidding, I’d never write dino porn. Um…ever). I just want to write the stories that my muse demands. If they come out as NA or Adult, meh, I’m good with either.
Which is more challenging to write NA or romantic suspense?
I definitely found suspense challenging. If you want to write a good suspense story then you have to know the details, the twists and turns and how they’ll be navigated beforehand. At least, “I” have to know that. Otherwise you run the risk of writing yourself into a wall that you can’t break out of logically. Thank God my editor, Sharon was holding my hand, telling me what she thought would work and wouldn’t. I don’t know that S&L would have been the same story without her.
Speaking of challenging, what’s the most challenging part about writing Shadows and Lies? How did you deal with it?
Definitely limiting the deaths. Initially, I had a whole string of bodies but realized that would only over complicate the overall series plot. So I focused on two deaths—both of which directly impacted Alex and Ryan’s lives—so that things were intriguing, but still simple. I think that’s the hardest part of any story, really, knowing when to reign in on the cluster of ideas you have bombarding your thoughts.
I know I’m putting you on the spot but do you have a favorite among the characters you’ve written so far? And if so, why is he/she your favorite?
I don’t think it would surprise anyone to know I’m partial to Keira, Kona and Ransom. They became very real to me and I just cried buckets for each of them. I think about them constantly and if I was selfish, the THIN LOVE series would likely be endless, but I think once Ransom’s story comes out in August, then we have to let Keira and Kona, especially, live their lives. I don’t know if Ransom will be silent. Only time will tell.
They say that authors write a part of themselves into their characters, which of your character is most similar to Eden Butler and in what way are you similar to this character?
I’m probably a mix of Keira (though I do not have her temper) and all of the girls in the Serenity series. The love literature, the geeky references, that’s all me.
If you’re given a chance to become your favorite book character for a day, who would it be and why?
Duh, Keira. She’s married to Kona. 😛
What are you working on now? What’s next after Shadows and Lies?
I’m shifting back and forth between the last full length Serenity book (Sayo’s story) and Ransom’s story. Not sure which one will be finished first.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
What my superpower is. It’s like no one is remotely curious why you don’t ever see me and Wonder Woman in the same room. ::shrugs::
Shadows and Lies
One lie can change your life.
A web of lies can destroy it.
Neil Ryan was a good Navy SEAL. He was an even better detective, but when an unmarked envelope lands on his desk, long-buried secrets are resurrected and Ryan questions everything he thought he knew about justice, including who killed his mother.
Alex Black is a distraction Ryan doesn’t need—she’s loud, obnoxious and a common thief, but her eyes are haunting, her lips irresistible and Ryan happens to love her filthy mouth.
Alex is also the only one able to help Ryan find the leads he’s missing. She’s the only one who can lead him to the one person who has the answers he seeks, but following her could cost Ryan everything.
Secrets get told, lives get wrecked and in every shadow, the truth is hiding.
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of New Adult Romance and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.
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A big thank you to Ing Cruz and As The Pages Turn for hosting the blog tour!