I thought it would be nice to start doing some features of women of color on the blog for Bookish Brown Girls. The first author will be Lucy Eden, a romance author with sweet romance books that will keep you entertained and melt your heart. Here are some questions I asked her to let the Bookish Brown Girls & other readers know who she is.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a mom, a wife, a small business owner and sometimes I write steamy contemporary romance novels, that sometimes make people cry.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve always been a writer. I wrote and illustrated my first book in the 4th grade. I’ve written copy for websites. I blogged for a couple of years. I started writing fiction in 2018. I wrote and published my first short story in March. I’ve been writing and publishing ever since.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
Writing a book is difficult in every genre. Romance is especially challenging because most of my job as a story teller is creating a deep emotional connection between my characters and also the reader. What I love about writing romance, which helps with my ADHD, are the rules of genre. One: the romance must be central to the story line and two: the story must end in a happily ever after or a happy for now. It really helps keep me on track when I’m plotting and drafting. I’m sure it’s the only reason I have so many unfinished non-romance books. Plus writing romance is fun.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. They come from the most random places: a song, a movie, random strangers, a funny story I heard ten years previously…
Everything’s Better with Kimberly is Guardians of the Galaxy fan fiction.
Everything’s Better with Lisa was inspired by the movie The Jerk.
Cherishing the Goddess was inspired by an Ed Sheeran song.
An Angel for Daddy was inspired by a twenty year old Oprah episode and a random tweet.
Ideas come from any and everywhere.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe it just a catch all phrase to define moments when we don’t want to write. When those moments happen, I either put on my tiara and write anyway if I’m on deadline. Or I give myself a break and examine what is keeping me from writing. Is it a plot hole? Do I need to step away from the story? Would I rather watch another episode of Cherish the Day?
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I do both. I consider myself a plantser. It really depends on what the story calls for. Everything’s Better with Lisa & Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend were meticulously outline —which I mostly deviated from when I began drafting. Cherishing the Goddess was pants’d & An Angel for Daddy was written in five days as a part of Tasha L. Harrison’s #20kin5days challenge. I had no idea what I was going to write but I knew I had five days to do it.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Ha! I wish. I haven’t started writing it yet.
I’m in the outlining and research phase, but I will tell you that it is a paranormal contemporary romantic comedy taking place in the same series as Bear With Me. That book was really popular and I got a lot of requests for Dawn’s story—some requests more persistent than others, so she will find her HEA with two gorgeous lion shifters.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
There are a lot of things in my real life that make it into my books. One funny example comes from Cherishing the Goddess. There is a couple —not the MCs—who get into an argument because the husband accidentally threw out the wife’s wedding dress years ago & the wife won’t let it go. It happened to me and I’m still angry. Lol.
What project are you working on now?
I’m working on some submissions for some anthologies and of course, research for my next novel.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write everyday & make writing friends.
What’s the hardest part about writing a book?
That would definitely be writing the book. There a high/lows both emotional and physical. There’s an ebb and flow of energy and creativity. It never gets easier, you just know what to expect and how to deal with it to propel yourself to the end.
Fun Speed Round:
Chocolate or Vanilla
It depends on which food we’re talking about.
Morning Person or Night Person
I’m easily distracted so I love waking up in the morning before my family gets up and tackling a to-do list of things I could easily put off if something draws my attention.
Concerts or Plays
Reality TV or TV Series (fictional)
It depends on the show.
Fave Celeb Crush:
Don’t make me choose! Yahya Mateen, Chris Evans, Tessa Thompson, Jason Momoa and many more…
Fave Book Crush:
Really? How would I ever… Okay. I’ll give you three.
- Will & Forrest from Heart & Hand by Rebel Carter (they count as one)
- Sean Bell from Sinner by Sierra Simone
- Galen Vachon from Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
- Robert Shimizu from Grand Theft NYE by Katrina Jackson
I told you this was hard question!
Lucy Eden is the nom de plume of a romance-obsessed author who writes the kind of romance she loves to read. She’s a sucker for alphas with a soft gooey center, over the top romantic gestures, strong & smart MCs, humor, love at first sight (or pretty damn close), happily ever after & of course, dirty & steamy love scenes.
When Lucy isn’t writing, she’s busy reading–or listening to–every book she can get her hands on– romance or otherwise.
She lives & loves in New York with her husband, two children, a turtle & a Yorkshire Terrier.