Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Eileen.
I was born and raised in Texas, but love to travel both in the US and abroad. I grew up in a house full of books and currently have too many bookshelves and books than I know what to do with. I studied psychology and English in college and was one of those nerds who actually loved having to read fourteen Shakespearean plays in one semester while writing a research paper on biological bases of the brain. I can usually be found most days on my laptop or with my kindle in my hands, devouring a good book.
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
Surprised? Not much. But I do have to sleep with my hands and feet within the confines of my bed. Never know what’s under there.
When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I always loved books and writing poetry but I didn’t begin writing until much later in my life. I have my wonderful friend and co-author of my first published piece to thank for giving me the push and encouragement to believe in myself to go for it.
Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
It’s an amazing job, but it’s a job. It takes a lot of discipline and a lot of time doing other things not writing (blogging, promoting your work, getting your name out there, etc…); however, I love interacting with other authors and being able to see the words go from my brain out into the world for other people to read.
How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
It was very surreal. I actually blogged about it. It’s amazing and scary and fantastic and terrifying and overwhelming… and then you realize you need to do it all over again. Because that’s what you signed on to do with this job – write.
What's your favorite part of writing a book?
I love writing the emotional scenes. I can see them in my mind and usually have a song to go with it that helps me write through the scene.
Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
I love to read but I find that the more I write, the less I read. My brain needs to focus on one or the other. So I read in between writing projects. I love reading YA and NA, M/M – of any type, erotic romance, classics, and some general fiction.
Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
Right now I’m happy writing romance/erotic romance with a heavy interest in sticking to mostly M/M romance. But I one day like to try my writing skills at YA.
Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
Chasing Matt is a m/m romance novella that I co-authored with Nikka Michaels. The two main characters, Chase Williams and Matt Owens and thrown together when Chase injures himself during a DIY project and meets Matt at the ER. Chase is coming off a pretty bad relationship but is willing to take a chance on Matt. Matt, however, has a strict policy on not dating patients. What ensues is Chase’s chance to not only take a risk, but also convince Matt that the risk both of them would have to take is worth it.
What can we look forward to in the future from you?
I have a m/m short story that will be released soon in Evernight’s Alpha's Claim: Manlove Edition anthology called “Claiming Ayden.” I’ve also been working on some solo stories and a novel with my co-writer Nikka Michaels that I hope to get published.
Anything you want to say to your readers?
I’ve been so fortunate to have some really great feedback on our first published piece. I look forward to continuing the process of putting my words out there for more people to read and enjoy.
Eileen Griffin's recent release:
Chase Williams is a gorgeous but painfully shy web designer whose long term boyfriend dumped him for being such a “nice” guy. Instead of meeting his buddies at the local bar for a drink he helps his elderly neighbor with a DIY project. When a wobbly step ladder leads to a banged up wrist and a trip to the ER Chase is convinced it’s the worst night ever. Then he meets his handsome nurse.
Matt Owens is the boy next door who loves working in the busy ER. He’s more than ready to clock out from his double shift until he meets his patient in Bed 4. Matt’s bedside manner is charming enough to make Chase consider throwing caution to the wind and going after what he wants for a change. But will Matt’s attraction to Chase be enough to make him to break his rule about never dating patients?
Excerpt for Chasing Matt:
Nurse Matt Owens paused and held my eyes for a minute before leaning over to type some notes on the computer. My skin flushed when he looked away. I liked the feeling of his eyes on me. I only wished he did it with personal interest instead of the clinical way he evaluated my injury.
I shifted on the stretcher as he gently manipulated my wrist, his hands steady and warm through the gloves. The pain was mostly manageable, until he held onto my forearm with one hand, and flexed my hand backward with the other. I jumped and yelped, unable to hide how much even that small movement hurt.
His eyes were sympathetic, but his hands remained firmly on my arm, steadying me. “Sorry. Bad news? There’s a lot of swelling, and the skin is already turning a nice shade of purple.”
He looked back down at my wrist, and manipulated my fingers and wrist again. When he held my hand still and slowly moved his thumb in circles over the top of my wrist, my breath hitched. The pain of the injury mixed with a deeper pleasure that shot straight to my cock. I quickly shifted my good arm to cover my lap.
“Pain?” Matt’s concerned eyes met mine as he moved his thumb, gently rubbing the swollen skin between my thumb and pointer finger.
“Pressure points can help alleviate pain sometimes, but right now you’re too swollen to receive any real benefit. This pressure point is called the Valley of Harmony, but I’m sensing this is less than harmonic for you.”
I thought I saw the smallest hint of a smirk on his lips, but I couldn’t be sure since his face was still tilted down toward my arm. I cursed at myself for getting turned on by a nurse’s clinical exam.
“I’ve just called for a tech from Radiology to escort you down for your scans. Do you have any questions?”
I laughed under my breath. Did I have any questions? A whole litany of questions came to my mind ranging from where the hell was the exit so I can finally go home to what’s your phone number.
After I settled on the new stretcher, the tech wheeled me down the hallway towards Radiology. All I thought about was whether Matt would be there when I got back from the tests. If he was, and I hadn’t killed anyone from the pain taking over my whole body, maybe I’d actually work up the courage to strike up a conversation that had nothing to do with sludgy coffee, sucky fluorescent lighting, or beautiful ER lobbies, and get to know more about Nurse Owens. Maybe I’d embrace the new Chase Williams like Brett wanted me to and actually go after what I wanted for the first time in my life.