My Grandfather’s Gift


I’d like to thank Jason for inviting me back to his wonderful blog. I enjoyed myself so much the first time he interviewed me July 2012. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Since then, I’ve released more books, and I would like to tell you a bit about my latest collection called Hot Flash.

The title is a play on words. It’s “hot” because of the erotic nature of some of the stories, and it’s “flash” because the stories are flash fiction.

Flash fiction is a short form of storytelling defined by the number of words – anywhere between 100 to 2,000 words. It’s easy for me to write, as I tend to see life happening in short bursts. I don’t do plot outlines, and this format allows me to cut a slice from life and create a story with it. If that appeals to you, you’ll find twenty-two stories and poems in Hot Flash.

I sent Jason a copy of my book as a gesture of thanks for having me on his blog. He’s read the book and told me how much he enjoyed the last story called “My Grandfather’s Gift.” This is one of only two non-erotic tales I also included in the collection, and I was truly touched by what Jason had to say about the story.

He said, “I think it has a great message of hope and love, something we all could use more of especially in today’s world.”

I don’t disagree, and it’s a story close to my heart because I wrote it in loving memory of my grandfather. As a matter of fact, the entire book is dedicated to him, and he passed away many years ago when I was twelve.

You may think it odd that I should dedicate a book which consists mostly of erotic stories to my grandfather, and that I would include his story with it. The truth is, my grandfather taught me many lessons as I was growing up that stick with me to this day.

One important lesson was: Be fearless.

That sounds simple now, but as a young girl, I was excruciatingly shy – almost afraid of my own shadow sometimes. My parents were immigrants to Canada and were quite fearful of being in a new country. They sheltered me in my early years and didn’t even enroll me in school until I was almost seven. By then, I’d missed kindergarten and several months of grade one. I walked into a classroom for the first time not knowing one word of English. I was petrified…but somehow I caught up to the rest of the class and made up for lost time. I know I could only have accomplished that with my grandfather’s encouragement to remain fearless and tenacious.

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 11.53.25 AMA second important lesson he taught me was: Be yourself.

Like most children, I wanted to fit in. I didn’t like being different. Growing up Asian in a pre-dominantly French area of the city was sometimes difficult. Multi-culturalism did not exist when I was a child as it does today. My grandfather taught me that being different was not a bad thing, that I should embrace my differences—not hide them. To this day, this simple lesson reverberates in all areas of my life. Whatever I do has to be true to who I am.

I know my grandfather would’ve been very proud of me today. He was an individual thinker, and he taught me to be the same. I wish I could’ve signed a copy of my book and handed it to him.

His story, along with the others in Hot Flash reflect the many sides of me as a writer, and I hope you enjoy them all.

Thanks again Jason for being such a generous host, and I appreciate you’ve allowed me to share something personal with your readers.

 Eden

About The Author

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write erotic literature. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is sensual, sexual, and literary. If you only want sex, please look elsewhere.

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13 thoughts on “My Grandfather’s Gift

  1. Pingback: Read my guest blog for @Jason_Bournesm ~ My Grandfather’s Gift |

  2. Of course he would be proud. You’re smart, funny, talented, and kind. Thank you for this look inside. I’m proud to call you a friend.

  3. Be fearless and be yourself are very two important lessons and advices, some people call me crazy for being myself and be fearless, but how I love it (and you are not to far from that too Eden). I need to do echoes of Lance words because you are absolutely smart, funny, talented, and kind. I am really blessed to be in your circle my dear friend.

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