Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Independent on 12 November 2013
Today I wanted to share East of Eden with you. To be honest I signed up for the blitz because it looked like a sensitive portrayal of a person caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia sufferers is incredibly difficult and I don’t know if people realise just how hard it can be for carers.
So tell us Lee…
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.
So is this a love story or a mother/daughter story?
Both. East of Eden is a romance with strong themes of regret, forgiveness and second chances. It’s also a family drama where Eden learns how to look beyond her own needs and wants, and what it means to love unconditionally, especially when it comes to her mother.
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