Please give a warm welcome to author Eve Bradley
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m just a homebody who randomly freaks out when I’ve been in the house too long! Haha. My husband works and I stay home with my three-year-old daughter. I’m attending school for counseling and I write books. I feel really blessed that I get to do this and finally have found the guts to get my stories out there. I’m learning a lot from this experience. I’m also a coffee addict and known video game connoisseur. I’m a huge nerd and proud of it.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
Yes. Ever since fourth grade. I just loved magic and plots and characters. It was an escape but also just in my blood I think. My family is pretty creative all around. I think I always pushed becoming an author out of my head because so many people told me it wasn’t realistic and that I had to be practical. But here I am.
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
The Peacequeen series is a spin off of an old YA book I had planned. I love this series and I’m excited to explore the world and characters more. A lot of people have said it’s dark. I agree with that. But to me, the story is more realistic. I told myself not to hold back. The guys don’t swoop in to save her. Each of the guys deal with their own issues and hurt one another. But I started it this way for a reason. I wanted them to all be broken people who grow together through the course of the series and find healing and peace together. The reviews I’ve gotten are mixed and I know some people won’t like it, but I hope people can bear with the dark so that we can get to the growth and goodness throughout the rest of the story!
What are you working on now?
Currently I have a historical paranormal reverse harem (The Breathless Souls Series) that I’m getting ready to release. It’s crazy fun. Pretty fast burn, action packed, lots of sex etc. The first will be out on March 16th! I’ll be working on the Peacequeen series throughout the year along with this series. I’ll also start working on a new post-apocalyptic Reverse Harem during the summer and fall and that’s one I’m super excited about as well.
Do you have any quirks while writing?
I have to have my electric blanket. I’m obsessed with warm and snuggly clothes so if I’m not comfy I cannot write. I also like hot water with lemon while I write. Or coffee. Always coffee.
What are your hopes for the future?
Oh man. I have so many hopes for the future. First, I hope that I raise my daughter the best possible way and create a healthy, stable, loving, genuine, kind, honest, confident young woman that takes no crap from people. Personally, I hope in ten years I’ll proudly have at least 50 books out (five books a year minimally), have my psychology degree, and feel successful for what I’ve done. I just want to feel proud of myself and I want that for everyone. I’m really passionate about people, body positivity, women’s self-image, and mental health. I grew up in an abusive household and I think that’s why I like to explore shitty situations in my stories. That being said, I also want to show hope, growth, and healing in my characters after they’ve gone so dark and horrible it seems like there’s no turning back. The biggest thing I want out of life is to contribute in some way to making the world a better place in my lifetime through counseling and writing.
Do you have any advice for new authors
about the publishing world?
I’d say own it. I’m always so afraid when I post something because I don’t want to sound like a weirdo author pleading with the readers to “come buy my book!” Haha. But I think as an indie author you’re the only one doing your marketing, and you have to step out on a limb and say, “No. I do deserve this. I’ve worked hard to complete this book or books, and I’m going to try my best to get it out there.” Plus get to know people. Try to connect with others when you can. Also make sure you have a good quality story and try your best to make it “sellable.” Am I allowed to say that? One of the things I find admirable are authors who are able to take critique, whether that’s on the style of their cover not being marketable, or just being willing to grit their teeth and learn things like networking and marketing. Because those things are difficult if you’ve never done them before. I know this because I’m learning and I’ll always be learning. Good luck to all the new and old authors out there!
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
I don’t know if I have fans but if I do: thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy what I put out and we’re in this journey together. Also, love yourself. Life is too damn short not to love yourself.