"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Cynthia Eden writes tales of paranormal suspense and erotic romance. Her publishers include: Kensington Brava, Avon Red, Red Sage, and ImaJinn Books. Cynthia lives along the Southern Gulf Coast with her husband and son. She loves to create "what if" stories with strong paranormal elements, and equally strong heroes and heroines. To learn more about Cynthia and her writing, please visit her website at: www.cynthiaeden.com.
An Interview with Cynthia Eden
PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?
Cynthia E.: I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was a kid. When I was a teen, I kept an “Idea Journal.” I kept writing during college, and after several years of teaching, my writing/publishing dream came true and I made my first book sale.
PNR: How do you manage to balance your writing and personal time? What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Cynthia E.: Ah, balance is hard. For me, I often write at night when my son is sleeping and my husband is tuned in for a good show. I set daily writing goals, and I don’t sleep until I meet them.
When I’m not writing, well, then I love to read. I like to go to the beach, watch campy horror films, and snorkel (weather permitting!).
PNR: What are the greatest challenges to you as an author? The greatest rewards?
Cynthia E.: The greatest challenge is to create characters that readers relate to and enjoy. And, the best reward is hearing positive feedback from a reader—I love getting emails or letters from people who have read my books and enjoyed my stories.
PNR: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work? Who or what has been your biggest support?
Cynthia E.: I grew up reading Poe’s tales, so I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for paranormals. Now that I get to write sexy paranormal suspense novels for Kensington Brava—well, I’m one happy lady!
My husband provides great support to me. He checks up to see if I’ve gotten my page goals, and when I need extra writing time, he takes over the household/family chores. He’s also my web designer—so he gives me lots of free labor—how nice is that?
PNR: Reviewers have taken notice and you have received a great deal of reader admiration for your writing. How does it feel to have such positive recognition for your work?
Cynthia E.: It’s always wonderful to hear that someone likes your work. A positive email from a reader totally makes my day. It truly is great to know that people out there open one of my books and get taken away from the petty problems of the pesky real-world.
PNR: What do you consider to be the key elements of a great story?
Cynthia E.: Strong plot (with twists), compelling characters, authentic dialogue, great chemistry between the hero and heroine, and sensual (hot!) love scenes
PNR: Congratulations on the November 07 release of NEW YEAR’S BITES in the A Red Hot New Year anthology from Avon Red; could you tell us about your contribution?
Cynthia E.: Certainly! Here’s a blurb:
After good-girl Ana Summers is bitten by a wolf-like creature on New Year’s Eve, her life changes—and she takes a walk on the real wild side with her sexy rescuer, Jon York, a man who is much more than he seem…
NEW YEAR’S BITES was quite a change for me. In the past (with my Red Sage titles), werewolves have generally been the “good” guys. This time, I decided to let ‘em show their dark sides.
PNR: I am very intrigued by HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT, your upcoming release from Kensington Brava in May 2008; could you tell us where the idea came from and a little about the storyline? A sneak peek perhaps?
Cynthia E.: Yes, thanks, for asking! I am very excited about this story
Here’s a description of HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT:
Emily Drake’s patients tend to be a little unusual. Instead of the typical therapist’s caseload of midlife crises and mother fixations, Emily treats vampires with blood phobias and sex demons looking for meaningful relationships. But her gift for recognizing and healing the Other—those creatures of the night that most humans don’t even know exist—requires a few house rules. First: Never trust a shifter. Especially not one like Detective Colin Gyth, whose gold-flecked eyes and predatory air make Emily realize how much she’s been longing to lose control…
Colin can’t believe the doctor he’s been assigned to work with on the Night Butcher murder investigation is the one person who could expose his true identity as a wolf shifter. Smart, sexy, and stubborn as hell, Emily brings out the alpha male in Colin, unleashing a wild, heady desire that takes them both over the edge.
But in the shadows, the Night Butcher waits…eager to spill Emily’s blood and taste her terror. And he’ll use any means to destroy her, including the one person she has grown to trust…
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Now, about the idea for this story…I have a good friend who is a psychologist and I often bug her with questions. (I took a ton of psych courses in college because I’ve always been fascinated by the mysteries of the mind.) So, thanks to my friend and my curiosity, I always knew that I wanted to write a story featuring a psychologist.
I came back from the RWA Conference in Atlanta, ready to write the book that would help me sell to New York. I grabbed my psychologist heroine and decided to twist her world a bit (because I had to inject the paranormal into my story), and the result of my twist was…HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT.
PNR: You have written several novellas for the Secrets anthologies from Red Sage Publishing, how did you become involved in these projects? Could you tell us a little about the Wolf’s Call series?
Cynthia E.: I sold my first novella to Red Sage in 2005, and I can’t say this enough…Red Sage is a great company. I’ve sold five novellas to them overall, and the publisher, Alexandria Kendall, has made me feel great about every sale.
My Wolf’s Call series focuses on three French werewolves—and their quest to find mates. The stories are highly sensual, with elements of suspense. The first story, BITE OF THE WOLF, appeared in Secrets, Volume 15. The second tale, THE WOLF’S MATE, was released last December in Secrets, Volume 18: Dark Passions. And, the last installment, CAGED WOLF, will be released this December in Secrets, Volume 21: Primal Heat.
PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?
Cynthia E.: I think my writing is plot-driven. Usually, when I start a story, I begin with the plot and the characters follow. A balance of these elements is very important though, so I work to make my characters as strong as they can be.
PNR: Could you tell us a little about the development of your characters? Who has been your favorite character to write? The most challenging?
Cynthia E.: My favorite character (at the moment, because this really does change depending on the time and my mood!) is Emily Drake (from HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT). She’s smart, she’s got a truly screwed-up past, but she’s turned her life around and she is trying to help others find their way in the world.
The most challenging character that I’ve written is Cara Firon—she’s the succubus in my December 08 Brava release. Cara is suspected of being a killer—the tale is Basic Instinct meets X-Files—and it was pretty hard balancing out Cara’s character in the early chapters. I did not want her to appear too hard, but, the lady’s danced on the dark side a few times in her life, and I wanted readers to be aware of the shadowy places inside of Cara.
PNR: With the recent reader interest in erotic romance, print publishers have entered a market niche that was formally covered by the epublishers. What do you feel accounts for the shift in attitude toward erotic romance; reader and publisher?
Cynthia E.: I think readers enjoy reading stories that are more sexually explicit. A very passionate relationship can greatly enhance a book—and its appeal to readers. I think New York noticed this huge reader attention, and they adjusted their book schedules accordingly.
PNR: How do you feel the sensual/erotic genre has affected the romance genre in general, the paranormal genre specifically? In your opinion, how far can you go with erotic content and have it still be considered romance?
Cynthia E.: I believe that the erotic genre has certainly allowed for greater exploration within the romance genre. I think boundaries have been pushed—and will continue to be pushed as writers develop their tales.
My stories focus on one man, one woman as the central characters. I incorporate the paranormal heavily and I throw in suspense (because I love the mystery!). I use explicit language in my stories and I certainly have scenes that I would characterize as “very sensual.” How far do I think the content can go? Well, I’m not sure. For me, a romance has a happy-ending. I look for that in my stories (and always deliver it to readers). Without such an ending—one that ends in some sort of committed relationship or the promise of such a relationship (I’m not saying the folks need to pledge forever—just be into one another enough that I see a future for the characters—dating, etc.)—then I don’t consider that book to be a romance. So, just random sexual scenes without an emotional attachment—that would certainly not be labeled a romance for me.
PNR: How would you describe the sensuality level of your books; do you find it challenging to write the hot love/sex scenes that readers demand?
Cynthia E.: I would describe my books as being highly sensual with, as I noted before, explicit language. There is no sugar-coating in my love scenes. What you see---well, it’s what you get. My stories do focus on one couple—a man and a woman—and they have a “happy” ending.
Writing the sex scenes isn’t hard for me—the writing process in general is something that I enjoy, so every scene is a creative experience.
PNR: What is it about the paranormal romance genre that captures your imagination?
Cynthia E.: I love the “what if” element. I love to transform the everyday world. I like to think there is more to this life than just meets the eye, and creating paranormal tales allows me to set my imagination free.
PNR: You have written in the contemporary genre as well as paranormal; are you planning to continue writing in the paranormal genre? What is your favorite genre to write? Is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
Cynthia E.: I am most definitely planning to continue my paranormals—the paranormal genre is my favorite.
I haven’t written a straight romantic suspense yet (because those paranormal elements always seem to sneak into my stories), but I would love to write one in the future.
PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?
Cynthia E.: Well, at the end of November, my Avon Red anthology will be out, then, right on its heels, my latest Red Sage anthology, SECRETS, VOLUME 21:PRIMAL HEAT, will be released.
In 2008, I will have four Kensington Brava releases. (Yes, I am very excited about those—and I’ve had one busy writing year!). I will have two Brava novels—one in May of 08 and one in December of 08—and I will be in two Brava anthologies. The first anthology, WHEN HE WAS BAD—will be released in June of 08.
PNR: Thank you Cynthia, for taking time out to speak with us; where can readers find out more about your work?
Cynthia E.: Thank you so much, Dee, for interviewing me—and for providing such wonderful questions!
Readers can find out more about my work by visiting my website: www.cynthiaeden.com.Again, thank you very much, Dee! It has been a pleasure!
Featured in this issue: ~Erotic Paranormal Romance ~2007 PEARL Career Achievement Award Interviews with:
Red Sage Publishing
December 1, 2007
Caged Wolf by Cynthia Eden
Wolf’s Call Trilogy: Book 3
Alerac La Morte has been drugged, kidnapped, and taken to some hole in the wall far from civilization. To make matters worse, Alerac realizes that his captor, Madison Langley, is actually…his destined mate. Madison hates his kind–she blames Weres for the death of her father, and she wants vengeance. But when captor is turned captive, will Alerac be able to convince her that he’s not the monster she thinks, that wolves are true, and when they mate…it’s forever?
November 27, 2007
This New Year’s Eve, turn up the heat . . .
At the stroke of midnight a new year begins—a time for passionate resolutions and brand-new pleasures; a time to let go of past restraints and embrace new sensual boundaries. Four masterful writers offer a quartet of boldly erotic tales guaranteed to heat up those winter nights.
Anna has always been the good girl, until a mysterious and powerful encounter with a wolf brings out her wild side! Now she's unleashing her long-repressed desires on the sexy stranger who comes to her rescue . . . in Cynthia Eden's New Year's Bites.
Kensington AphrodisiaWolf’s Call Trilogy: Book 2 When Michael Morlet finds Katherine “Kat” Hardy fighting for her life in a dark alley, he instantly recognizes her as the mate he’s been seeking all of his life. From that moment, he knows that he will do whatever it takes to claim her, body and soul. Unfortunately, someone’s trying to kill Kat, and the attack in the alley is just the first in a series of close calls for his mate. With danger stalking them at every turn, will Kat trust him enough to become The Wolf’s Mate? Also includes stories from Larissa Ione, Linda Gayle, Rae Monet
October 1, 2006
Emily Drake is a psychologist with a very special talent—thanks to her empathic power, she can touch the thoughts and emotions of her patients. And Emily’s patients, well, they aren’t exactly typical either; they’re Other—vampires, demons, all of the creatures that humans fear in the darkness of the night.
When one of the Other starts killing humans, Emily is pulled into the investigation. Colin Gyth, the lead detective on the case, doesn’t trust her, and, since Emily senses he’s a Shifter, a being born with the ability to transform into an animal, the feeling is pretty mutual. Never trust anything born with two faces … that was Emily’s motto. However, she and Colin are forced to put aside their misgivings and work together once Emily officially joins the investigation as a profiler.
While Emily and Colin search to unmask the killer, an unexpected passion grows between them. Burned in the past by those he’d trusted, Colin had never thought he’d let a woman get to close to him again, especially a woman with a dangerous power like Emily’s. Yet he finds that he can’t resist her. There’s something about the reserved Doctor Drake that calls to him, and the beast within the man recognizes his mate. But when the killer sets his sights on Emily, Colin will have to risk his life in order to protect the woman he craves more than anything else, and Emily will have to use her gift to look into the very heart of evil in order to defeat the monster hiding in the shadows.
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