Thursday, December 04, 2008
Q&A with Beth Kery!
Meet Beth Kery! Her newest, WICKED BURN, is currently in stores. You can read more about WICKED BURN by clicking here and you can learn more about Beth by going to her website at www.bethkery.com
1. Tell us about your newest release.
WICKED BURN is sort of a paradox, because when you first start reading it, you might think it’s just this scorching hot erotic-romance. But the intensely intimate sex right off the bat is there for a reason–it’s crucial because it’s what cuts through Niall’s (my heroine's) numbness after a terrible personal tragedy. The fact that Vic doesn't just creep into her world, but explodes into it, is about Vic’s dominant character, but also Niall’s tragic history.
WICKED BURN is a deeply romantic story between two people who have been scarred in different ways. Vic is the brooding, intellectual playwright and also the dead-sexy cowboy. I couldn't resist the contrast. What I love about Vic is that even though he makes his living through words, he’s acutely aware of the mystery of women…that he can't say things right for them. When he falls in love with Niall, and accepts her into his life, it’s like he’s overcome this major barrier–not only for his creativity, but his own growth as a human being.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote for a romance when I was in my twenties and sent it into Harlequin. The editor actually called me and told me what she liked, but then she said what didn't work for her. I was young and didn't know anything about the publishing world. I saw it as a rejection and didn't write again for ten years! I didn't realize how encouraging it was to have her call and tell me what to change. I still roll my eyes about it today. I guess I first knew I'd be a writer when my first book got accepted by Ellora's Cave a few years ago. It was published in January of 2007, and I've been going strong since then.
3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
I daydream a lot. I've come up with a lot of loose ideas while either walking in downtown Chicago where I live or driving and listening to music. Afterwards, I do quite a bit of research, depending on the storyline.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hmmm...well, I'm sort of a geek who loves romance. I'm into art, history, science and travel, and it's inevitable that my interests creep into my storylines and plots. WICKED BURN is a good example, because Vic is a playwright and Niall is an art museum curator. I adore Chicago and had a blast walking the Prairie Avenue historic district and touring old mansions in order to research my upcoming time travel, DARING TIME. So I guess my writing quirk is that my topics/themes often reflect my geeky interests.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I was surprised to learn how long it takes to get a book published! This is a business where you have to be extremely patient. The waiting for various things is inevitable.
6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I was hugely influenced by what I read: Jane Austen, Sandra Brown, Mary Stewart. The first erotic romance I read was by NJ Walters, and I just loved it. I sensed that it was a good fit for me right away.
7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My husband is so incredibly supportive. Unconditionally. He's a great guy--must be to put up with my occasional manic-hysterical-author moments while I'm plotting a book or...releasing my first print book. (I've been a little squirrelly for the past few days.)
8. What is coming up next for you writing wise?
FLIRTING IN TRAFFIC comes out from Cerridwen in March 2009. This is a fun, light-hearted very sexy contemporary romance about the trials and tribulations of modern dating.
DARING TIME is a time-travel that comes out in May, 2009. It’s part contemporary/cop drama, part
historical, part ghost-story….totally sexy.
SWEET RESTRAINT comes out next August. It's an intense contemporary that occurs between two lovers who were torn apart a decade ago by a dirty cop organization. The hero is an FBI agent determined to get the woman of his dreams back…even if means kidnapping her and taking her to a secluded cabin until she sees the wisdom…and pleasure….in telling him her tragic truths.
PARADISE RULES is a book I just finished about a supremely confident, talented blues-singer who is forced to vacation in the dreaded place where she grew up–Hawaii. She’ll have to face her fears beneath the knowing hands of a local legend/athlete/businessman who insists she play by his rules–at least while she resides with him in paradise.
Got any questions for Beth? Ask away!
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