Interview and Giveaway: Ellie Eden

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Ellie Eden, author of the romantic suspense Letting Evil In. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a digital copy of the book.

Ellie started writing when she was a teenager, and her first book was published twelve years ago. She’s written more than 24 published books. They are written as Ellie Crowe; this romantic suspense book is written under a pen name (Ellie Eden). Letting Evil In, is based partly on real life and the chaos caused by Internet affairs.

“I found it fascinating and frightening that a laptop is a wide open window into your home. All sorts of people can come creeping in–people you would never, ever normally encounter,” Ellie explained. “My heroine, Kristi, gets caught in the fallout of her husband’s internet affair. Michael, the unfaithful husband, has spent the cold New Jersey winter in hot Brazilian chat rooms. His romance with Nara, a young drug dealer he would never have met in real life, exposes his family to terrible danger.”

She spent a year researching the book reading newspapers and magazine articles about Brazil and crime in Brazil. She also visited South America to get the flavor of the places she was writing about and talked to Brazilians.

“What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing the book?” I wondered.

“For some weird reason it was easier to write about the bad guys. I really loved writing about Nara and her world. I loved her casual and quirky attitude to life.”

She choose romantic suspense because it’s the genre she enjoys reading.

“Those are the books I always read – the hot alpha hero who makes you melt, the dangerous situation that keeps you breathless,” she explained. “I think the next best thing to making love is reading or writing about it. In Letting Evil In I found that one of my bad guys was surprisingly hot too. In real life, maybe not so much so! But on paper, safe in a book – maybe! And then there are all the fascinating things that can and will happen to the hero and heroine. That’s why I love Romantic Suspense.”

She’s also written a number of travel books about Hawaii. Those books too, she researched thoroughly in archives and in libraries and online.

“When writing a book, I feel totally in that world. I persuade my husband and kids to discuss the characters and the plot constantly! Their views lent enormously to the research.”

I asked her if she heard from her readers much.

“I really appreciate hearing from readers. I love people who take the time to write a book review. It makes me feel bad in a way as before I became a writer I would read and love a book but never think of writing a review. I do now. My favorite people, friends and strangers, are those that are kind enough to review my books. And when they actually discuss the plot animatedly, it’s the best!,” she assured me.

She shared her favorite fan letter with us:

Gripping story with well-described locations! Other reviews have mentioned the thrilling plot (very true!), but I also want to note the fabulous descriptions in the book. This book has an amazing sense of place. The story takes place in New Jersey, Florida, Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian jungles, and each location is described in such detail that you could easily picture it in your mind. (Including the mausoleum—eek!) The author truly paints pictures of the locations with her words. Highly recommended!

She always wanted to be a writer. Since she grew up in a very small town without much to do, she read.

“If I am not in the middle of a book I feel as if something is missing in my life,” she told me. “A book to escape into, whether I’m reading it or writing it, is another world that I need.”

“Ebook or print?” I asked, “And why?”

“My travel, children’s and middle grade books were all print books first and had a happy time on shelves in bookstores. I miss that. I miss the book signings. I miss visiting the bookstore to check if my books are in stock and sneakily rearranging them so they have a nice visible position on the shelves. You can’t do that when your ebook is sitting up there on a cloud. My romantic suspense book has started out as an ebook and I hope will shortly be brought out as a paperback.”

“What was the scariest moment of your life?” I asked.

“In my twenties I shared a house in Sydney, Australia, with another girl. In the middle of the night, my bedroom door opened. I saw the dark silhouette of a large man approaching the bed. He was holding a flashlight. His hand covered the light and it glowed red. I didn’t know whether or not to scream. What if I screamed and no one came? I didn’t know if my roommate was home. I didn’t know the neighbors and their house was dark. I closed my eyes and pretended to be asleep. He left the room. I could see him and his flashlight moving around the living room. I didn’t know what to do. Should I try and climb out of the window? I was wearing just a flimsy PJ top. And if he heard a noise, he might return to my bedroom. Earlier, I’d been wearing a hairpiece of ringlets to a party. Not being very tidy, I’d left it on the floor. I tiptoed over, grabbed it, and put it on the pillow and then arranged my quilt to look as if I was in the bed. I thought if he attacked the hairpiece, I’d know I might as well scream. Otherwise I was better off silent. Then I spent the night quivering under the bed. It was a great relief finally, at dawn, to hear my roommate calling – Hey, why’s the front door open?”

Finally, I asked, “Could you ever co-author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?”

“I co-authored a book, Hardcore Inventing, with a volcanologist and inventor. He is quite the alpha male and the book featured his and other inventors experiences and advice. He was fun to work with as he let me run with it. Otherwise, I find it hard to write with other authors. A publisher once asked me and two friends to write a book with a story featuring a line of children’s products he wanted to bring out. Everyone had a different thing they wanted to do first. One friend wanted to consult an attorney. One wanted to work on the characters first. I wanted to work on the plot first. Eventually we each wrote out own books and submitted all three to the publisher! Although he paid us, none of the books were ever published. So that wasn’t a very successful experience!”

Enjoy watching the book video:

5_28 LettingEvilIn_ByEllieEden-800x1200 (1)When Michael goes on a photographic assignment to Brazil and fails to return, Kristi and her son fly to Rio de Janeiro, desperate to find him. Instead she finds that during the cold New Jersey winter, her husband has spent his time in steamy chat rooms with Nara, a young woman desperate for attention and involved in the Rio drug world.

As she searches for Michael in exotic but crime-ridden Rio, Kristy finds herself way out of her league. She turns to Italian-Brazilian Federal Agent Tony Lamazzo for help. As the harsh truth of her marriage brings a dose of reality to her life, she finds the temptation of getting closer to the strong, capable—and totally hot—Tony difficult to resist. She’s in Brazil on the Day of Dead, a day when Brazilians go wild. Why shouldn’t she go wild with Tony, for just one night, before returning home to start the new life alone she’ll have to learn to make for herself?

But when her son vanishes too, Kristi doesn’t know where to turn. Michael’s affair with drug-dealing Nara has exposed them all to the murderous wrath of a ruthless drug lord, and while she longs to trust Tony, she can’t trust his powerful and politically corrupt family. But in the dangerous slums and rainforests of Brazil, the danger mounts for both Kristi and her son, and a cold-blooded enemy has an agenda of his own. If she trusts Tony, she might save her son. Or it might just get them all killed…

About the Author:5_28 eyes photo Ellie Eden thinks the next best thing to hot romance is reading or writing about it. And she finds it even better to be somewhat scared or totally petrified at the same time. That’s why she loves Romantic Suspense. She favors strong, protective alpha heroes, but finds murderous but good-looking bad guys fun too, at least on paper. And she loves to escape into an exotic, preferably crime-ridden, location.

In another life, Ellie Eden is the best-selling author of two travel books and a number of award-winning biographies about mostly alpha heroes. She lives in Hawaii, spending a lot of time with family in California, and has two daughters and a son.

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