Today's Spotlight Interview is with the author Eden Monroe.
Welcome to Dishin' It Out!
Connie: Eden, please tell us about your upcoming release from BWL Publishing Inc. (Books We Love)
Eden:: Sidelined is a romantic suspense about a champion bull rider, Tate McQuaid, who was forced out of the sport following a spectacular wreck. Tough, sexy, and daring, Tate is a fan favorite. 👢
Connie:. What was the inspiration for this story?
Eden: While traveling around the Mediterranean, I fell in love with the old Venetian harbor of Chania, a city on the north coast of Crete, reputed to be the oldest site of western civilization in Europe. What a setting for fiction! What plots might have unfolded here, given the island's fascinating history? Why not a contemporary one?
Inspired by ubiquitous mythical signage, but especially by Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet and John Fowles' The Magus, novels I was reading at the time, I began sketching out believable characters of varying backgrounds, foremost among whom, Steven Spire, a young ex-pat as narrator and central character of artistic temperament in need of purpose. Bar and café conversations led to hints of foreign intrigue. Ancient ruins gave way to Nazi runes. Crooked laneways led to mountain retreats and buried secrets. Hydra-headed truth demanded a place on the table along with the ouzo and artichoke hearts. And love, naturally, raised all expectations with the birth, mirroring Aphrodite's rise from the sea, of Magalee De Bellefeuille.
Connie: What is your best virtue as an author?
Connie: What is your favorite quality in a protagonist? Why?
Eden: An upfront, ballsy, take charge kind of guy because that's what I would be attracted to.
Connie: What is your favorite quality in an antagonist? Why?
Eden: I don't place any limits on my antagonists. I let them be as outrageous as they want to be and enjoy the ride.
Connie: Do you have this novel's favorite paragraph/line of dialogue?
Connie: Who would it be if you were forced to live the rest of your life as one of your characters?
Eden: I'd have to say Chloe from Dare to Inherit. She was funny and gutsy and enjoyed being who she was.
Connie: How many books have you written, and which is your favorite?
Eden: Twenty-one (four in line for future publication dates). My favorite is Book Two of the Emerald Valley Ranch series, Storms in the Valley. Still waters run deep, and I loved taking Martin Parker to his absolute limit.
Connie: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Eden: I love everything about storytelling, and the fact that I get to share it with you, my readers, is definitely the icing on the cake. Thank you so much for your support.
Happy Reading, and thank you for stopping by!