Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as travel, humor, music, poetry, art, and much more. An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often! Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel.
Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Firstly, thanks so much for having me on your excellent site. I’m really honored to be here.
I’m a Canadian author who has been writing full time since 2010. Prior to that I was in banking for twenty years. I’ve written short stories and flash fiction in multiple genres including: thriller, mystery, erotica, and erotic romance.
Stranger at Sunset is my first novel.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
Reading and writing have been passions of mine from when I was young, though I can’t say I ever thought I would become a writer professionally. I love writing stories that entertain, and sometimes I just want to make people think with words.
A combination of events pushed to become a full-time writer – dealing with a life-threatening illness that made me rethink my priorities, and knowing that I did not want to retire as a banker. Writing is something I can do for the rest of my life.
What is your book Stranger at Sunset about?
Stranger at Sunset is a psychological mystery/suspense/thriller. I loathe labels, so I’m using terms readers have used to describe my book.
In a nutshell, a respected psychiatrist, Dr. Kate Hampton, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica.
The story takes place over a week’s time in January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. There is a murder, and the story centers on the timeline of how and why this murder happened. It’s not the traditional who-dunnit mystery. If anything, it’s more of a why-dunnit, with the focus on characterization and motivation.
In the midst of this murder is a romance that involves a mystery man. The story is a slow burn and does not follow the normal story arc, but it does resolve quite nicely. As well, there are two more books planned with the main character, Kate Hampton.
Eden’s book is available at Amazon, Apple, B&N, Smashwords, and Kobo.
What is the central mystery of the book?
The central mystery involves a murder, which is evident right from the beginning. However, the reader will not know who the murderer is or who is murdered. In addition to this, there is a witness to the deed.
Your book is written through the eyes of different narrators. Which POV character did you have the most fun writing? Why?
I enjoyed Dr. Kate Hampton, as I can relate to her. Some readers have said she is not likeable. Others think she is terrific. It’s a strangely dichotomous reaction, but I can understand why. For me, she represents two sides of one person – the one you show to the world and the one you keep hidden.
I would say many of us keep parts of ourselves hidden, even to the people closest to us.
You have written several erotica books before this book. What made you try your hand at a thriller/mystery?
When I set out to write full-time, I started with erotic literature as it was a genre I knew well. I’ve been reading it since I was 11, but I also knew I would not write it forever. I wanted to challenge myself by writing a novel.
Because I read different genres, I enjoy creating in multiple genres too.
Where is your favorite place to write? Is that where you normally write?
I work from home, and I move around a lot due to my impatient and somewhat restless nature. Sitting for long periods of time to write is never a good idea, so I stand at my kitchen counter. When that becomes tiring, I stop for a while and take a walk or do yoga or meditate. I like writing by natural light, so that dictates where I write most days.
What is your most useful tool or skill when writing?
I’ve always loved my Thesaurus. Being a logophile, I can never get enough of learning new words. When I’m writing and cannot come up with the right word, I need to rein myself in from checking the Thesaurus at that very moment.
I highlight a word or section and return to it in the editing phase, where I’ve made a note to use a stronger/better/more appropriate word.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your journey as an author?
Oh … so many things, however, I always revert back to what my mentor, author Kate Austin said to me when I first started. She said of my writing, “Persistence is more important than talent, and you have both.”
Her words were so encouraging because she let me know I was talented, but that my failure or success would not necessarily rest on that. The truth is, we all know successful people whom we consider less talented than ourselves. We also know talented people who can’t seem to make a go of it.
She reminded me that a dogged determination is a good trait for success in every aspect of life, not just for being an author
Do you have plans for future projects?
I’m writing my next novel called, A Fragile Truce, which is the book that follows Stranger at Sunset. I’m excited to see where Dr. Kate Hampton goes next and I hope readers are too.
I’m also collaborating with a group of indie authors in a short story collection, which will probably release next year.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to share a bit of myself on your great blog. I really appreciate all you do to connect authors to readers.
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