What genre do your currently write? And, is there a genre you’d like to write, but haven’t tried yet?
ED: I currently write mainly contemporary gay romance, mostly romantic comedy, but I’m venturing out into other sub-genres like mystery and paranormal, with a little time travel mixed in.
Many authors use a nom de plume, and they may use one opposite to their own sex. Do you think an author’s sex or sexual orientation should dictate what genre they write?
ED: Absolutely not. A good writer is a good writer. That’s like telling an actor who is gay in real life that they’re incapable of convincingly playing a heterosexual role. It’s just silly to me.
Some authors have issues with character development, writer’s block, plot summary etc. What is the biggest challenge you face when writing? How do you overcome the problem?
ED: I’m sure I do have writers block. I sometimes wonder if that is part of the reason I’ll go months w/o being able to write. Sometimes it’s about the need to re-charge the creative battery. In the first six months of 2012, I finished a rewrite and went through a hefty editing process for A Token of Time, finished writing Second Time Lucky, co-wrote To Catch a Fox with Geoff Knight and wrote Love in La Terraza. That was a lot for a six month block of time and while I loved every second of it, I do think it drained me. I also had stuff like GRL mixed in there, which sucks up a lot of time and creative energy. It’s a fabulous time, but it can wipe me out. : )
The biggest key to writers block is not to stress over it when it does come around. I avoid the stress by not contracting books before they’re finished. If I have no due date, I have nothing to wig-out over when I do get stuck. Walking away from the writing every now and then is usually the best medicine for me: veg’ing out with a book, movie, spending a weekend on the couch with Netflix and TV series marathon, chatting with friends online, on the phone or in person – basically anything that takes me out of that writers head space for a while.
What has been the single most successful marketing tool you’ve used to date?
ED: Gosh, that’s really difficult to say. I think for me, the best marketing has been things I don’t really consider marketing, like GRL. I realize part of the reason I’m there is to promote myself as an author, but for the most part it’s not something that feels like work to me. I’ve always been a bit of a social creature and writing is a very solitary occupation, so getting away from the computer and spending time with people who enjoy the same things I do seems more like a reward or a really cool perk.
What are you currently reading?
ED: Not much, who has the frickin’ time!?! I can barely squeeze in any writing of my own at the moment.
How do you measure success?
ED: I don’t really think I try to measure my success. It’s kind of pointless to a degree as there really is no central reporting of sales data, so it’s impossible to ever truly know where I sit when compared to others. As long as I enjoy what I do and can make a living doing it, I’d consider that success.
Just for fun–
What is your favourite drink?
ED: Diet Coke and wine – red, white, hell…even pink! If it comes from a grape and it has alcohol in it, I’ll drink it!
Are you a cat or dog person?
ED: I’m an equal opportunity pet lover, though I am allergic to cats so that takes some of the fun out of it, but they chase imaginary bugs up the wall…how cool is that!?! I have a dog now, a Yorkie, but she’s more hypoallergenic as Yorkie’s have hair and not fur. She’s adorable and she totally rules the roost.
Love or lust?
ED: Can’t we have both? : )
If you could spend the day with any famous author, who would it be? And, why?
ED: Absolutely none of them! I already know all about what they do…boring! Give me a hunky marine, an astronaut, or a cat burglar…a nice one that won’t like kill me or anything. That sounds way more interesting.
If you could indulge free of any consequences, what would be your ultimate sexual fantasy?
ED: If I could indulge free of any consequences, I’d wish to be able to eat as much chocolate as I wanted and never get fat. I can’t think of anything sexual that I’d want to do that I wouldn’t do if given the opportunity, lol.