I’ll admit it—I’m a die-hard romantic. I write erotic romance, but the romance is always the focal point of the story—for me, and in any good erotic romance. To me, love is the most important thing. It’s a driving force behind human existence second only to the drive to survive.
I guess being a die-hard romantic is a pretty good personality trait for a romance author. I never tire of coming up with new scenarios, new characters, discovering why they should be together, why they can’t be, and how they’ll overcome it all to fall in love and find their happily ever after. *girlish sigh*
I remember being a little girl and watching one of my favorite television shows, a Japanese anime cartoon called Kimba the White Lion. Kimba was my first star crush…never mind that he was an animated character. And a lion. In my defense, I was five years old. But I’m getting off track. My favorite episode was when he found a girlfriend named Kitty and they fell in love! I remember being a little older and reading classic stories like The Secret Garden. I always hoped Mary and Dickon would fall in love and get married and have beautiful chubby babies to play in the garden, and was sorely disappointed when those young fantasies never came true. I was over the moon when the March girls from Little Women all found love (except for poor, tragic Beth, but a little tragedy always makes a story more exciting). That final scene where Professor Bhaer comes looking for Jo and proposes to her in the rain made me cry happy tears. It still does.
This is why I write romance. To make my readers feel those same emotions. To make myself feel them while I’m writing. There are few enough places to express ourselves in this busy world, too few moments to get lost in, too few opportunities to let our emotions soar. Writing and reading romance has always allowed me to do this, and I do both shamelessly.
I also rather shamelessly write very erotic romances. If the steamier side of romance is your cup of tea, then perhaps you’ll enjoy some of my work. My upcoming releases this year include FALLEN ANGEL (written as Eden Bradley), to be released by HQN in June, and TEMPTATION’S EDGE (written as Eve Berlin) available from Berkley Heat in August. I’ll also be putting out some e-books: I’m working on a rewrite of my novella BREAKING SKYE right now, and the first book in my steampunk/cyberpunk Kyoto City Steam series, THE DREAMBOX GIRL, will also be out this year.
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You can visit my websites for more information about my books—or about me: www.EdenBradley.com or www.EveBerlin.com (because one pen name is never enough, apparently!) or my fabulous group blog, www.Smutketeers.com where I blog with fellow authors R.G. Alexander, Crystal Jordan and Karen Erickson.