Welcome back sweet peas, tonight I have another good friend and writer with me and she’s a publisher too! Eden Myles owns Courtesan Press, has a flock of talented writers in her stable and is a fantastic writer to boot! Check out my interview with her below.
Thank you Eden for taking the time to do this interview for my blog.
When did you first start writing fiction? It actually began in high school. I was deeply into the journalism program, went to all the games for free with my little journalism pass!
Did you have any formal writing training or education? Journalism experience, only. And a small number of Internet articles. Do they count?
What drew you to erotica and other spicy fiction genres? I grew up during the romance explosion of the late 80s and the 90s, when the shelves were full of bodice-rippers. I think I just extrapolated from there.
Where do your ideas come from? I’ve been a lifelong fan of nighttime soaps, the steamier the better.
What do you do to tackle a project? Do you write outlines or keep all in your head? I’m a messy writer. I have notebooks full of story ideas and research material. In the end, I usually just write by the skin of my teeth anyway.
Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing the “steamy scenes?” Maybe the last time was in high school, when I was writing Josie and the Pussycat fan fiction, but not lately, no. *grin*
How does your family react to you writing erotic romance or do they know? They’ve actually been very supportive of me throughout my career.
How did you come up with the Dollhouse series and which book is your favorite of them all? That happened right after I finished Fifty Shades of Grey. I thought, “Yeah, I could maybe do that,” but I wanted it to be high-class and kind of artsy. I wrote the first collection, Evelyn, over four weeks, with one book a week. I think she’ll always be my favorite.
Have you ever thought of trying another genre? I’ve been playing with speculative fiction, but nothing too serious just yet. Who knows?
What made you start your own publishing business on top of already being an author? It just sort of grew organically out of a collection of us. I really didn’t mean for it to happen that way, which proves that business has a mind all its own.
How long has Courtesan Press been in business? We’re going on four years now.
What’s it like to work with so many writers in your stable? All of them are great, very cooperative. And they go out of their way to help each other out.
What are the challenges of owning your own press? Probably trying to get in enough time to do some serious writing.
What do you like to read when you’re not writing? I’m an avid cook and gardener, as well, so I have stacks of cooking and agricultural magazines lying around all the time.
Who is your favorite writer? Jane Austin, hands down.
What current projects are you working on? I’m sort of in between, at present. But I really want to get back to the antics at the Dollhouse Society.
What does the future hold for Courtesan Press? I’m not sure. We want to try a number of different angles. When we know for certain, the world will be the first to know!
What can readers expect from your own writing in the future? Basically, anything can happen.
Where can readers find you and your work? https://courtesanpress.wordpress.com, of course!
Thanks so much for taking the time the do my interview, it was fun for me, how was it for you? Lol. Thanks for letting me hang, J.!
Check out more of Eden’s titles below!