A Kiss In the Dark
Lane has a few suspects, and his roommate, Dale, helps him remember details about the man through hypnosis. But when Lane finally discovers the identity of his admirer, it’s a shock. Lane learns that something that seems impossible in the light of day can happen in the tempting anonymity of the dark.
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
Her website in www.elieaston.com
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was lucky enough to get to ask Eli a few questions !!
-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?
“A Kiss in the Dark” is my first published m/m romance story, but I’m been writing professionally for twenty years. I write/design computer games and I’ve published four thriller novels under a different name. I’m female (Eli is short for Elizabeth, my middle name), married to a great guy, and I live on a farm in Pennsylvania. I’m a huge reader of romance and love m/m romance in particular, so I decided it was time to write some.
– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.
“A Kiss in the Dark” is a story about a graphic artist, Lane, who’s at a Christmas party when the power goes out. Someone kisses him in the dark—a very passionate, bone-melting kiss. He spends most of the story trying to deduce who it was. He even allows his roommate to try hypnotherapy on him to remember details. The story is written from Lane’s POV and he’s a very funny guy. “A Kiss in the Dark” is part of the “Closet Capers” anthology.
– What draws you to m/m romance?
I’ve always been a romance reader. For a long time I loved regency romances. But about a year ago I got into m/m romance and I’m totally addicted to it. I like the different challenges two men face in getting together vs a standard het relationship and, well, two guys together is just plain hot.
-When did you realize you were a writer?
I’ve always been a huge reader. Growing up I dreamed of being an author but in college I studied computer science because I wanted a solid, money-making career. Eventually the marriage of those two elements (fiction and programming) led me into computer games, and that gave me the freedom to explore writing novels too. I’ve been writing in one form or another my whole life.
-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?
I like all kinds of erotica and romance, even a little ménage now and then. But my favorite books are contemporary m/m romances with some humor and sweetness to them. So that’s what I write. I’m not a huge fan of angst. I don’t write really heavy angsty stuff or very dark stuff. It’s not that I draw a line at that so much as it’s just not the core of what I like to read or what I’m the best at writing. I do prefer to read, and write, explicit romances.
-What or who were your early influences?
The first real adult novel I read was Carrie by Stephen King when I was 12 years old. That was a huge influence on me. It sent me into a horror novel craze in high school and I loved Anne Rice, Michael Crichton, John Saul, and Dean Koontz. These days, though, I’m primarily a romance reader. I still read a little het romance—mostly regencies, but I’m really into m/m.
-How do you deal with writer’s block?
I love to walk and that will often help me sort out a scene if I’m stuck. Or sometimes I’ll read a writer who inspires me. Rereading over the parts of the story I’ve already written can also help me get back into the flow and get the momentum going again.
-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?
I love working from home and the freedom to live anywhere. And I love seeing my books and games as final products, sitting on my shelf. It gives me a tremendous sense of accomplishment. I also enjoy hearing from readers and knowing I’ve had an effect on them similar to the one the favorite authors have had on me.
The most difficult part—it is challenging when you get that bad review not to be too disheartened. And when you make a living from it you have to write on a schedule whether you feel inspired or not. But that discipline leads to good results in the end.
-Who are a few of your favorite authors?
In m/m romance I love Amy Lane, J.L. Merrow, Z.A. Maxfield, Andrew Gray and Heidi Cullinan, just to name a few. In het romance I love Loretta Chase, Eloisa James and Pamela Morsi.
-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?
I have three bulldogs, I walked across England on the Coast to Coast trail a few years ago, and I love my egg-laying hens. Their names are Audrey Hepbarn, Eggy Lee and Henny Lamar.
Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?
In June I have a free novella coming out as part of the “Love Has No Boundaries” event on goodreads.com. It’s called “The Lion and the Crow” and it’s a historical m/m romance between two medieval knights. You can find it by checking me out on goodreads.com (Eli Easton) or keeping an eye on my website – elieaston.com
Eli is offering a copy of the Anthology Closet Capers, an anthology offering a dozen light and humorous romantic short stories, in which A Kiss In the Dark is included.
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