Book & Author Details:
East of Eden by Lee Strauss
Publication date: November 12th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Regret is a formidable foe.
Eden Kelley is the primary caregiver for her mother who’s in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and she’s only twenty-four. Not what she planned to do when she left her husband for a new start with her four-year-old daughter in tow. She’d hoped for free babysitting, but instead she found a mystery. The discovery of an erroneous marriage document leads to more questions, and unfortunately Eden can’t ask her mother for answers because she doesn’t remember.
Her mother’s antics drive her crazy, but Eden’s determined to make the best of it. That includes finding the exciting romantic adventure she’d dreamed about. But when trouble knocks, it’s her husband Cade who arrives to help. It’s awkward and tense. And Eden comes to one sure conclusion: leaving her handsome, caring husband was a huge mistake.
Her parents had a second chance at love? Would she and Cade get one, too?
Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page. Follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/elle_strauss to find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at www.ellestraussbooks.com
1. It’s not a secret that you write under two names, Lee Strauss and Elle Strauss. Can you explain why you chose to do that? The first books I published were YA – lower YA, suitable for ages 11- 13 and up. I realized Elle Strauss had become a brand for younger YA readers and I didn’t want deviate from that, so I decided to write under Lee Strauss for work that dealt with more mature subject matters. East of Eden is my first foray out of Young Adult.
2. What inspired East of Eden? East of Eden is actually a re-write of a back list book that was published back in 2000. It was originally written in the 1990s and I left it set there because the time frame is important to the mystery. The first nugget of inspiration came when I drove past a house in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC and spotted an elderly woman rocking in a chair on a porch. She reminded me of my grandmother who had recently passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. I recalled the first time she didn’t remember who I was, what that felt like. How I’d lost opportunity to ask her questions about her past.
3. East of Eden tells a parallel story of Eden’s mother’s youth. Tell us why you wrote it like that. I wanted to show how people aren’t born old; that the elderly have lived through a youth full of passion and adventure and heartbreak, much like the youth of today. Lorraine’s story is important, but it’s something that Eden never cared about until it was too late.
4. There are a couple poignant Christmas scenes – is this a holiday book? Though not specifically a holiday book, as it takes place over the course of a year and a half, it could easily be enjoyed as a holiday read.
5. What’s next for Lee Strauss? I’m really excited about my next project, a collection of stand-alone contemporary romance companion books set in the singer-songwriter world called The Minstrel Series. The first book Sun & Moon is set in Dresden, Germany about a risk-taking singer-songwriter whose world collides with a brooding uptown banker. The books will include mp3 links from songs written by talented Indie songwriters whose songs feature prominently in the books. It’s a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Indie Music scene. Sun & Moon will be out Jan 27. Pre-orders are available on itunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble