Tuesday, 13 September 2016

AUTHOR INTERVIEW & SPOTLIGHT - Eddie Cleveland




I’d like to welcome Eddie Cleveland to Novels In Heels.  Eddie is a relatively new erotic/romance author.  His first novel, American Bad Boy was a good debut, and I’m looking forward to reading more stories by Eddie.  It’s a pleasure to have him here today in an interview author spotlight.
As you may or may not know Eddie is a military veteran who has turned his hand to writing sexy romance stories.  He sees himself as an adventurer and an artist.
Eddie is from the Canadian east coast. He spent most of his twenties having reckless adventures before going back to school. He specialized in pottery and graphic arts at the College of Craft. With his travel itch still not fully scratched, he then joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He served his country with multiple deployments to South America and the Middle East. He worked part time supporting other authors by designing covers, editing and plot development. He was recently released from the Canadian Armed Forces to pursue his passion of writing full-time. 
You know I love interviewing authors and getting an insight into who they are, how they became authors, and their journey...and let’s not forget, I like to get to know them a little on the naughty side too.
NIH - Name
Eddie Cleveland
Do you write under a pen name?
No
NIH - Age
39
NIH - Where are you currently based?
Halifax, NS
NIH – How can readers get in touch with you?  (Social media links)
NIH – How long did you serve in the military?  Can you tell us a little about you time during your service?
I served 12 years with 4 of them being at sea. During my time in the military I deployed multiple times over my career to South America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.  My primary job was to draft intelligence products so I had many opportunities for writing. I was also a diver while serving aboard the ship.
NIH – How did you decided to begin writing?  How did the transition from the military to romance author come about?
I have always had an interest in story-telling, some of my favorite memories when I was young was writing then telling horror stories around the campfire. I began contemplating a writing career while at sea. There were long periods of downtime so I had a lot of opportunities to read. After reading a couple military romances I felt I could contribute to the genre.
NIH - Tell us a little about yourself?  Something that your fans don’t know about.  (Or give us 3 quirky facts about you?)
·   I always have to smell my deodorant before putting it on.
·   I enjoy sneezing and can do it with my eyes open.
·   I can hold a pen with my bottom lip.
NIH - Do you see writing as a full time career now?
Yes, it is a full time career for me now. Once I decided this is what I wanted to do I put a plan in place and made it a reality. I left my career with the military, sold my big house in Ottawa, downsized my car and moved to an old house near Halifax that cost less than a 5th of the one I sold. Now, with my lower cost of living, I feel like I can handle the less than stable pay of an author.
NIH – You’re writing about what you know.  How much of American Bad Boy is based on true events and how much is fiction?
The love story between Mack and Lauren have a lot of parallels with my own life. The big exception being that my ‘Lauren’ moved on and now has a beautiful family.  The PTSD aspect is something I have never suffered personally but I know way too many people who are living through this now including my father.
NIH - What are the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
First and foremost: that I could actually write a book. Prior to American Bad Boy the longest stories I ever wrote were less than 20k words, so to be able do almost 80k was a surprise and a big accomplishment for me.
NIH - How do you feel writing sexy, erotic scenes?  Is there a lot of research that goes into the scenes, or you write from total experience?
The erotic scenes are where I crack out the rum, and write what I know. I enjoy writing erotic scenes, as of now there has been no research, unless you count personal experience as research. The sex scenes I have written have not been of a particular kink so they've been easy. I’m open to research/experience for future books. :)
NIH – What are you currently working on, can you share a little of it with us?
I am less than a month away from releasing my second book ‘Grid Iron Bad Boy” here’s an unedited snippet of an intimate scene between Cameron and Chelsea.
I wrap my arms around her and the blanket slides off her shoulders, slipping through my grasp to the ground. My mouth finds hers, I suck her bottom lip in over my teeth, gently giving her a little nip before our tongues explore each other.
My cock throbs as it begs to be let free from my pants. Im desperate to feel her pussy around me, to drag my tongue over her skin and taste her sweet center. But for now, for this moment, I will savor her mouth on mine. I run my hand up the back of her neck and tangle my fingers in her long hair. Chelsea presses her body into mine until only our clothes are keeping us apart. I run my other hand down her back slowly, sliding it over her curvy ass. Digging my fingertips into her skin, I grab a generous handful of her plump cheek and she moans into my mouth, opening her legs like shes willing me to keep moving those fingers forward.
Pulling back from our kiss, I give her swollen lips a quick peck, then another. I quickly take her earlobe into my mouth and flicker my tongue over the soft flesh. Chelsea tilts her head to the side and sighs. I trail my tongue from her ear down to her neck, giving her a soft kiss and then a quick nip before kissing away the intensity with another gentle peck.
My fingers move from her ass down between her thick thighs, sliding my middle finger softly over the edge of her panties, I press my cock into her, showing her what shes done to me.
NIH – You are now part of the Romance & Erotica Author Fraternity (Bad Boys of Romance).  How do you feel being part of that community?
I really enjoy my time with the guys. It's a great group of diverse and talented authors that I'm privileged to count myself among. There's no better group for connecting with fans of romance that I know of. The members of our group are fun and interactive, it makes being an author a lot less isolating of a job to have that group.
NIH - What do you do when you are looking to have a bit of fun or just want to relax?
I have not had much time to relax recently, It's been pretty much non-stop for me since I left the military. I renovated my old house, released my book, retired one day later, moved about a week after that and now I'm working on my follow up novel! I'm exhausted just typing all that! However, I'll be renting an Oceanside cabin as a present to myself once I finish this book.
NIH - Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
Donald Trump, just so I could see if he is for real or just putting on a show.
NIH - Who would be your ideal/dream date?
My girlfriend right now is my ideal date. :)
NIH - Do you believe in insta-love?  Why?
I most definitely have fallen in love at first sight.
NIH - What is your one (top) sexual fantasy?  Have you accomplished it?
A gentleman never tells :) I'll just leave it at that, I have no unfulfilled dreams or regrets when it comes to sex.
NIH - If you had a choice would you choose – flogger, blindfold, handcuffs, restraints, rope, whips, cane?
As an ex-Navy guy I’m pretty comfortable with knots so I’ll go with rope.
A huge thank you to Eddie for hanging out with me today.  It was a real pleasure getting to know you a little. 
Hopefully, you all enjoyed this interview and check out Eddie’s books.
You can get American Bad Boy here
myBook.to/AmericanBadBoy_ECleveland
 
Blurb

I lost my men, I lost my leg, I lost my career and all I could think of was Lauren.

I left for West Point with two things: a broken heart and a promise to never let it happen again.

Now I'm back in Colorado as a war hero. F*ck that, I'm a celebrity.
And every woman wants to open her legs for Captain America.

So why do I only want her?

***
Even with one leg, Mack Forrester hasn't lost his swagger.

It's been a decade since he left, but under his tattoos I still see the guy who broke my heart when he chose his country instead of me.

I told myself I was over it. Over him. One glimpse in his crystal blue eyes and I knew it was a lie.

Now he wants me back, but ten years is a long time. There's so much he doesn't know.

Like, that I had his child.

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