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

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!


Fedora said...

Hi, Beth!! Huge congrats again on Wicked Burn! Have you done anything special to celebrate? (Maybe a commemorative shopping trip? ;)) You're looking totally busy next year! Do you work on all the stories at once, or you pretty much focus on one at a time? Happy writing!

beth kery said...

Hey there! I'm celebrating by taking a small break and relaxing. lol. I actually only write one book at a time. I can't do several projects at once--scatters me.
I'll have to keep that commemorative shopping trip in mind...

Caffey said...

Hi Beth!! Looking forward to these releases. I do especially love Time Travels and hard to find them as much!

If you are stuck in your writing, do you go to another story you are working on? Is it difficult to change your muse with writing different genres then?

Huge congrats on all these upcoming releases. I'm thrilled for you!

beth kery said...

Hey there, Caffey. Thanks about the time travel; I'm thinking of another one even as I write this. It's not too difficult to switch gears between books. I usually 'steep' myself in so much research that I'm in the mood before I sit down and write.

Estella said...

Hi Beth,
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
I am looking forward to reading your books.

beth kery said...

Hi Estella,
It depends: sometimes I use name generators, although I rarely use those exactly, but play around with them a bit. I didn't do that for the characters in WICKED BURN. I wanted to use the name Vic, because Victor is an old family name. As far as Niall, I just fell into it because of her backstory. She comes from an affluent family that always named the first born after the founding patriarch...and so, since she was the only child, she became Niall Chandler. I ended up loving it for a woman's name: very much like her, elegant, classy and yet earthy and approachable.
Thanks for asking!

Anonymous said...

Are you finding any differences between epublishing and being published with NY?

Pam P said...

Hi Beth, Wicked Burn I'll have to get, sounds very good. I love time travels, will be watching for that for sure, hope you do decided to do another.

beth kery said...

Hi Anonymous,

there are some differences in e-publishing vs. the traditional print publishing, but not as many as I might have thought. One of the major differences that struck me was that I do my edits on...gasp...PAPER and I use a pencil! I sort of wasn't expecting that, for some reason. At one time, I would have thought the wait time was much shorter for the e-market, but nowadays, that market is so busy, the wait times between acceptance and publication are getting to be nearly as long, with some publishers anyway.

Thanks for the question!

beth kery said...

Thanks, Pam. I enjoyed doing Daring Time so much, I probably won't be able to resist doing another time travel. It was a fun project for me, and I learned a lot with the research. Part of the research was so fun...touring the remaining grand mansions in Chicago's historic Prairie Avenue district.