Part 1 of 6: Meet the real Christopher from Eden Bradley’s Training House #giveaway #exclusive #GTSignature #Interview
Eden Bradley’s Training House series is intense. It’s primal and savage and beautifully exposed. If you’re into extreme kink, especially Domination and submission, this is your dream series. The final book in the series, Master, will be released soon, so let’s celebrate with a completely original, exclusive interview with author Eden Bradley and the ever-so-sexy Christopher.
No idea what I’m talking about? Read the prologue below, then scroll down for the book #1 and #2 buy links to see if it’s right for you. Totally excited out of your mind for Master? I’m right there with you. And you’re going to LOVE this interview. I can promise this interview is exclusive because I wrote it. Everything you see in the prologue below and the following interview short story were inspired by an in-person interview with author Eden Bradley in my favorite city in the whole world, San Francisco. Christopher, being a fictional character (albeit based on a real man), was obviously not really there, but Eden channeled him beautifully and this interview is hands-down the best I have ever done. I am SO excited to share it with you now and hope you enjoy reading it as much as Eden and I enjoyed creating it.
Because of its length (nearly 5,000 words—a true short story!), the interview has been split into 6 sections: the prologue and the five-part interview. *grin* Enjoy!
For quick reference, here is the full link listing:
- Prologue (you are here!)
- Christopher Interview: Chapter 1
- Christopher Interview: Chapter 2
- Christopher Interview: Chapter 3
- Christopher Interview: Chapter 4
- Christopher Interview: Chapter 5
By Sue Brown-Moore (for exclusive publication on GraveTells.com)
Edited by Eden Bradley
© Sue Brown-Moore, 2016
If you’ve read Eden Bradley’s Training House series, you know who Christopher is. He’s one of the most memorable—and powerfully compelling—protagonists I’ve ever read about. Considering The Training House is an erotic romance heavily steeped in the world of Domination and submission (and therefore none of the characters possess any magical or otherworldly “powers”), that’s a hell of a statement. Christopher himself makes a hell of a statement, and readers have fallen in love with this lonely, damaged, vibrant man.
Author Eden Bradley and I both live in the San Francisco Bay area, so we decided to meet up for a lunch interview and chat all about Eden’s beautiful hero and the man and woman—Master and slave—he’s fallen in love with. The next book, Master, is actually told from Damon’s perspective (and I cannot wait to read it!), but I just had to know more about Christopher, with his raw emotions and almost bestial responses. With Eden that sunny Saturday in San Francisco, I got to “meet” Christopher (through her voice) and interview them both. That interview is coming up next, but first I wanted to give you a little more perspective on just who this intriguing man is, both to readers of the Training House series and to the author who has so elegantly penned him… (click here if you’re new to the series!)
Christopher is a real person. When Eden first met him, she was just starting to experiment in the world of kink, and here was this guy, larger than life and so full of life.
She met him at a show for a punk rock band where he was a roadie. She distinctly remembers exactly what he was wearing that night: He wore a long, army green trench coat, opened to reveal a smooth, bare chest, a spiked dog collar around his neck, big, black boots, fuchsia fishnet tights, and a gas mask over his crotch. His hair was a shock of orange spikes. Eden thought this guy must be one of the most beautiful human beings ever born. A heady mix of Japanese, Cherokee, and English, his skin was a smooth, soft gold. His eyes a golden brown that changed color, almost feline, like a predatory cat. Christopher was primal. And Eden confessed that having someone like that submit to her was mind-blowing.
The Training House series started with Aimée’s story. Eden didn’t realize until a few chapters in that Christopher—or some version of the Christopher she remembered—needed to be in the book, in the classroom scene. (And what a scene that is! Whew!) On a visit to Threshold, a kink club in L.A., Eden had watched a scene set in a school room and knew exactly how to write Christopher into Girl. At Threshold, this man, with his pants down around his ankles, was bent over a school desk, tied there in a U-shape. Another man, a very well put together fellow, was asking him questions that no normal person could answer. The sub would laughingly try his best to answer every one and, of course, got each of them wrong. And with each incorrect answer, two other men would punish him. This scene had drawn quite a crowd at the club, and everyone was laughing right along with the sub who good-naturedly tried to answer these impossible questions before enthusiastically taking his licks. Eden found it funny and hardcore, and it inspired Girl’s classroom scene. Eden brings a lot of her real life experiences into the stories she writes, especially the books of The Training House.
Everything about the Christopher in the books is true: he left home at 14, escaping a heroine-addict mother, then lived on the streets of San Francisco, turning tricks in Delores Park to support himself. Christopher had a regular customer who would take him into his home and feed him steak—caring for the boy in the only way the man knew how—but Christopher liked living on the street, liked the freedom of the lifestyle. Christopher fought a drug addiction for much of his early life, so his time with Eden was unfortunately short, together here and there for a few months at a time as he’d get clean and they’d try to make a fresh start. Their relationship was intense and she remembers it fondly. Eden kept up with his life—where he was living now, how things were going—as much as she could. It sounds like he finally got totally clean and made a good life for himself. She doesn’t know where he is today, and they’re not in contact anymore, but she believes he would absolutely recognize himself in the books if he read them.
I wondered how the real Christopher would react to being represented so honestly in stories like these. When I asked Eden, she was confident in her answer: he’d be okay with it. The man she knew had the soul of both a poet and an animal, a free spirit with an edgy, gritty intensity. He could write song lyrics and gorgeous, lyrical poetry as easily as he could devolve into this raw, dirty, lusty savage. It was important to Eden to capture his essence—and that mesmerizing duality—in the books.
Christopher is what’s called a “switch” in Domination & submission (D/s), someone who identifies fully as neither a top nor a bottom and prefers to flip between the roles. There’s a moment in Boy where Christopher makes a choice, starts on a path he can’t come back from. Even before the start of his story in Boy, he regularly broke his contracts with Master Damon. Eden says that’s the only way Christopher can be part of the scene as a submissive: he has to know he can get out if he needs to, and Damon allows it because he loves Christopher too much to let him go. True switches are rare. Eden herself is one, and she fully understands the push and pull, the ebb and flow of power in a relationship. So when Christopher makes that choice, he’s breaking a covenant not even he can repair. When he takes Aimée, it’s no longer a game. Their relationship becomes about them, as people, outside the scene. That’s where Eden left us at the end of Boy and where the Training House series story line will pick up in Master.
Eden Bradley remembers her Christopher as this edgy, filthy, dramatic, glamorous man: punk-dirty and full of life. If you just can’t get enough of Christopher, or if you want to learn even more about him, check out this post on the Smuketeers blog. And, of course, read on to meet my version of this memorable character in my Signature Interview with Eden and Christopher for GraveTells.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eden Bradley, the stunning conclusion of The Training House Series!
I am no longer the Master, but simply Damon. I am reeling with shock. Love. The urgent desire to please the only man who could ever Master me—the wickedly beautiful Christopher. I know this because he once belonged to me. How do I cope with this unexpected, yet inevitable turn of events? How can I give myself over in the way a slave must? Perhaps because I must in order to have him. And it is the only way to be with our sweet Aimée.
She is our love, and her heart belongs to us both. My new Master claims to love me, but I doubt him. Even more, I doubt myself. I must find a way, and the path leads me there only through complete and utter submission, subjugation, handing over my soul. If I fail, I lose them both. A more cruel torture has never been devised. My heart breaks already, and it’s only just begun.
THE TRAINING HOUSE Series is Eden’s hardest-core BDSM yet! More ‘erotica’ than ‘erotic romance’, there will nevertheless be a love story woven throughout these very kinky pages.
WARNING: These books contains material that may be difficult to read about and/or cause triggers for some readers, including consensual non-consent and other scenes that could be disturbing. Do NOT try this at home!
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About the author
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Eden Bradley writes dark, edgy erotica and erotic romance for Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice and HQN, Berkley Heat (as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin), and Samhain Publishing. Two of her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, and her novel FORBIDDEN FRUIT was profiled in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Red Hot Reads column in 2008. More recently her BDSM book THE DARK GARDEN hit the top paperback fiction charts in the UK.
As someone who has been involved in BDSM practice for much of her adult life, she relates in particular to her BDSM and kink stories, infusing them with her own truth about kink practice from her life experiences.
Eden has appeared regularly on Playboy Radio’s ‘Night Calls’ and the Hollywood In the Flesh readings. She loves art, shoes, tattoos, reading smutty books, chocolate and sex, of course, not necessarily in that order.
In honor of this very special interview, Eden is giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon (!) and an e-bundle of her books Sanctuary and Pleasure Point*! To enter, fill out the prize widget below, and don’t forget to leave a comment! Feel free to ask Christoper a question or leave him a love note. You never know when he might stop by… *wink*
You can enter this contest DAILY during the Interview postings (4/18-4/23)!