You will know Eden Winters by her distinctive white plumage and exuberant cry of “Hey, y’all!” in a Southern US drawl so thick it renders even the simplest of words unrecognizable. Watch out, she hugs!
Driven by insatiable curiosity, she possibly holds the world’s record for curriculum changes to the point that she’s never quite earned a degree but is a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit.
She’s trudged down hallways with police detectives, learned to disarm knife-wielding bad guys, and witnessed the correct way to blow doors off buildings. Her e-mail contains various snippets of forensic wisdom, such as “What would a dead body left in a Mexican drug tunnel look like after six months?” In the process of her adventures she has written fourteen m/m romance novels, has won several Rainbow Awards, was a Lambda Awards Finalist, and lives in terror of authorities showing up at her door to question her Internet searches.
When not putting characters in dangerous situations she’s a mild-mannered business executive, mother, grandmother, vegetarian, and PFLAG activist.
Her natural habitats are airports, coffee shops, and on the backs of motorcycles.
CC: Why do you write?
EW: If I stopped writing I’d go crazy and take unsuspecting people with me. Writing is my therapy, my passion, the thing I can pour myself into, and with which I can be completely honest. If I go any length of time without writing (a week) I lapse into depression.
CC: Where do you get your ideas?
EW: Everything is a story waiting to happen. I see a man crossing the road. Why is he crossing? Where is he going? What if he’s not real, he’s a ghost, or what if only one person could see him? Does he have a lover? Does he need me to write one for him? And so on….
CC: Is there a book you’d like to reinvent?
EW: I have several short stories that I’d love to remake as novels: In Dreams, about an amnesiac elf who unknowingly connects to his elf king lover, you guessed it, in dreams; Flame, an alternate historical fantasy with phoenix shifters; and Highway Man, the story of a rocker who’s hit rock bottom and needs to find a reason to go on.
CC: Do you like to research?
EW: I went to Medieval Times a few weeks ago. The next day I actually researched how the performers become knights, how training is handled, if experience with horses is preferred, and if long hair is a requirement. I’m a natural researcher because I’m naturally curious and want to know everything. So yes, I loved to research.
CC: Have you mastered your signature yet?
EW: I sign books with “Hugs, Eden” and tell people it’s more than a mere signature, it’s a warning to the unwary. Yes, I hug.
Eden has recently polished and re-leased The Angel of 13th Street, and will soon re-release the sequel, Fallen Angel. Expect an all new side story this fall featuring a secondary character from Fallen Angel.
Noah Everett shed his rent boy existence for a bar and helping young men get a second chance at life. Haunted by those he couldn’t save, he keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by ambitious but homeless Jeremy Kincaid.
Aged out of the foster system, Jeremy’s the perfect target for a ruthless pimp like Willie Carnell. He wants no part of any future that includes working for Willie, but without a strong ally, he may not have a choice.
Noah knows exactly what Willie’s capable of, and if he’ll fight for strangers, he’ll fight harder for Jeremy.
Even if it takes confronting his own past.
The Angel of 13th Street is now available at Rocky Ridge Books:
Be sure to check back next week when we get to find out what makes Tara Lain tick.