Making Erotica Fit: Eden Baylee

“I’ve always loved to read, and words have been a great source of entertainment for me since I could remember,” reveals Eden Baylee, author of the erotica collection Fall into Winter. “To this day, I’m fascinated by wordplay and the nuances of language, especially the English language. When I read Story of O at the age of eleven, I got completely lost in a whole new vocabulary. You could say that it left an indelible mark on my psyche.”

From that beginning, Eden embraced her new love of sexy literature and wrote her first erotic story at the age of 15 for school. It was about a disturbed young boy who killed his mother and then masturbated over her dying body. “I received a good grade for it, but my teacher told me never to show it to my mother! I’m sure it’s tame by today’s standards, but I enjoyed getting a rise out of my very cool, young, male teacher, who, by the way, will be attending my upcoming book signing in Montreal.”

With her contemporary style, incorporating elements of her favourite things, such as culture, music, romance, and foreign settings, Eden has crafted a gem of a collection with Fall into Winter. She decided to pursue publishing on her own, instead of dealing with traditional publishing. “Self-publishing made sense to me because I write full-time, and I wanted a specific look and feel to my book. The only way I was going to get that was to do it myself. At one time, I was eager to be published traditionally, but after awhile, I grew tired of trying to fit my writing into someone else’s template of what erotica should be. I have strong ideas for stories, and instead of forcing a square peg into a round hole, I basically drilled my own hole.”

Eden recognizes that good erotica is not necessarily about an orgasm, but rather the something as simle as a moment of sensation. “It can be as simple as feeling the blood rush to my face as I read a scene that turns me on. Within my book, there are many levels of “heat,” just as there are natural ebbs and flows during sex in real life.” To get to that moment, a writer needs to keep in balance the fantastic with respecting the reader’s intelligence. “I know what it feels like to read something that makes me say, “What the hell was that?” I don’t like being treated like a fool when I read a book. Given that sex is something most adults have experienced, it’s essential to write it in an interesting and arousing way, but always with the implicit understanding that it needs to stay real.“

Inspired by some of the greats of literature, including Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Charles Bukowski, John Fowles, Vladimir Nabokov, and Pauline Réage, Eden makes special mention of a current writer who has impressed her. “His name is Maxwell Cynn, author of CybrGrrl. It’s erotic science fiction, and I just loved the book. It’s a wonderfully arousing story, and I highly recommend it for its strong erotic elements and fascinating storyline.”

To other aspiring erotica writers, she offers the following advice: “Just do it. Don’t just talk about it. Don’t just think about it. Someone who has written the worst book is still more of a writer than someone who has written nothing. This may sound harsh, but it took a long time for me to get here. Perhaps if someone had said those words to me twenty years ago, I would have taken my writing more seriously. The short and sweet answer: Keep writing. Be persistent. Believe in yourself.”

Eden Baylee will be signing copies of Fall into Winter on August 5 at Odyssey Books in Montreal.

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