We’re ecstatic to peek into the mind of Anise Eden, author of All the Broken Places, the first book in The Healing Edge paranormal romantic suspense series. The sequel, All the Wounds in Shadow, is now available for pre-order. According to her bio, she spends most of her time tucked away in her writing nook imagining things that aren’t there. On those rare occasions when she emerges from seclusion, Anise may be spotted in coffee shops, staring at her laptop screen and silently moving her lips as she reviews bits of dialogue. We can relate! Huge thanks to Anise for chatting with us, and sharing some details about her writing world.
All the Broken Places (The Healing Edge, #1) tells the story of Cate Duncan, a therapist who is left reeling after her mother’s suicide. When she reaches out for help, Cate connects with the MacGregor Group, a clinic of alternative healers who use techniques such as acupuncture, Reiki, and aura reading. There, Cate learns about her own supernatural gifts and is introduced to a whole new world replete with its own risks and challenges. At the same time, she wrestles with her attraction to Ben, the manager of the MacGregor Group, who is a psychologist and a Marine Corps veteran. In The Healing Edge Series, Cate and Ben, together with their paranormally gifted friends, must confront unexpected enemies while discovering the MacGregor Group’s core purpose. Ben and Cate must also vanquish their own inner demons as they cling together, flying headlong through the tumultuous first weeks of a compelling romance.
2. What kind of publication journey did you experience?
Since this was my first novel, my journey to publication began with learning about good writing and discovering my own creative process. When I felt the book was ready, I began to query agents and editors, and in between rounds of submissions, used all of the feedback I could get to improve the manuscript. As time went by, I accumulated nearly a hundred rejections. But eventually, I got better, the novel got better, and the “no”s began to turn into “maybe”s—and finally into a “yes” when I signed with my amazing agent and mentor, Andrea Hurst. I am incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with her and with the wonderful team at Diversion Books to bring The Healing Edge Series out into the world.
3. What was the inspiration behind All the Broken Places?
Heroine Cate is a skeptic about all things paranormal, but she possesses abilities that she can’t explain. One of her tasks in this book is to find a path through that internal conflict. Many of us who embrace science have also had experiences that defy our understanding. I’ve always been fascinated by the ways in which we take realities that directly contradict our belief systems and integrate them into our worldviews. Cate’s story arose in part from my desire to explore that paradox further.
4. Your novel delves into more than just the paranormal – bringing to the surface mental health, domestic abuse, and suicide. How do you write about such delicate topics? And is there a message in your books that you want readers to grasp?
I can’t say that I write with a specific message in mind; I imagine that everyone will take different things from my books. But one of my running themes is the need to have greater compassion for ourselves and others, to accept and embrace who we truly are and reject the idea that we are inherently “wrong” or somehow inadequate. I try to apply that same compassion when writing about delicate topics—first educating myself as much as possible to deepen my understanding, then working to bring my characters’ stories to life with honesty and sensitivity.
5. What was the most surprising thing you discovered (about yourself or otherwise) while creating this series?
This might sound strange, but the most surprising thing I discovered about myself was that I love writing novels. Writing in various forms has always been a part of my life, but until Cate’s story landed in my head—along with the near compulsion to put it down on paper—it had never even occurred to me to write a novel. It has been a life-changing experience, and now I’m completely hooked.
Bonus! All of the characters in your book have different gifts. If you had one what would it be?
I have a gift for choosing losing lottery numbers, and for picking the horse that will come in last in a race. I’m not sure what you’d call that—maybe a “worse-than-useless precog?” 🙂
Learn more about Anise by visiting her website!