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Beth Kery is visiting today

Beth, Thank you so much for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thanks for having me, Greta. It’s a pleasure to be here.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m a die-hard city-girl who loves a lot of the things that show up in my books: art, old houses, mysteries, history and romance. I have another career in the medical field, which I believe helps enrich my books.

How long have you been writing?

For a little less than four years. I was first published in e-book format at Ellora’s Cave in January of 2007.

What is your writing process like?

It depends. If I’m doing a proposal, I have to ‘snowflake’ a book, which is a writing technique to methodically build on ideas until a detailed plot emerges. If I don’t have to do a proposal, I start with an idea and have an ending in mind…and I start to write. The characters begin to inform the plot and map out their own story.


Can you tell us about your newest release Daring Time?

Daring Time is a real labor of love that emerged from my fascination with Chicago, history and romance. After touring the historic Prairie Avenue District in downtown Chicago, I was inspired. It’s a place where you can almost touch history it seems so close. I came up with an idea about a modern day man who unexpectedly inherits one of the surviving Prairie Avenue mansions and begins to see a woman in the house who totally compels him. Others think she’s a ghost, but my hero is convinced she’s alive and well—just in another time period. The two lovers desire for one another is so strong, it allows them to cross the barrier of time. Of course there are eerie parallels between both time periods which put the heroine in grave danger. The hero is constantly wondering if his actions are helping to save his lover…or if she’s doomed to die in the present day just like she did in the past.

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

I do. I just had an ebook from Ellora’s Cave release called Through Her Eyes—a contemporary paranormal. On July 7, Sweet Restraint from Berkley Heat releases, followed by Paradise Rules on October 6, also from Berkley Heat.

What are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up a novella called Holiday Bound.

I know you primarily write contemporary erotic romances, do you write in any other sub-genre’? If not would you like to and what would it be?

I also write in paranormal, although it does seem like many of my recent releases have been contemporaries with crime/suspense elements. I’d love to write a young adult paranormal someday.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere. The news, history, conversations…the weather. Lol.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I enjoy tons of authors, but just quickly–Erin McCarthy, Larissa Ione, Emma Holly and Shiloh Walker. I’m a die-hard Sandra Brown fan, and I really enjoy Elizabeth Lowell, too.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

I have a huge library, so that’s a tough question for my fingers. Lol. All of Neil Gaiman’s books, all of Sandra Brown, all of Harry Potter, every Jane Austen book, every Mary Stewart book.

What was the first romance book you read or the romance book that has stood the test of time?

Once again—Sandra Brown, specifically her old Loveswept and Harlequin books. Loved them. From erotic romance, Michelle Pillow’s The Maiden and the Monster stands out.

If one of your books’ was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Hmmm, well, I tend to like my hero’s very handsome and sexy, but in a rough-hewn kind of way—no perfect, aquiline faces, etc. One actor that comes to mind as far as that style of looks is Clive Owen. I loosely based Vic from Wicked Burn off of a young Sam Shepherd, like how he looked in The Right Stuff. My heroine’s are harder to compare in this way, because I make them an amalgam of different people and different ‘looks.’ One actress I would be thrilled to play any of my heroines is Jennifer Connelly. There aren’t very many women that I think have a ‘face that could launch a thousand ships’ but I think Connelly comes close, and she’s a wonderful actress as well. I always want my heroes to be as wild for my heroines as Paris was for Helen, so I think Connelly would be perfect.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Once again, very hard, because I think of all of my characters like children. I’ll choose Genevieve from my upcoming book called Release, which comes out from Berkley in February of 2010. Why? Well, she fought hard to overcome poverty and made a name for herself in the fashion industry using the brain God gave her, determination and a willingness to work her butt off. Besides, I have a crush on her lover—Sean Kennedy—so that would be enough to make me switch lives with Genevieve. Release is the last book I wrote, so my choice will probably switch next month to whatever I’m writing then. 🙂

If you were not writing, what would you be doing?

Oh, probably spending more time on my gardening. Certainly I’d be reading more. Reading is the one thing that got cut back in my life when my writing career grew.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love going to museums—I have annual passes to almost every museum in the city. I like shopping and hanging out with my husband and trying new restaurants.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

I would want to know if it’s true what they say—that contemporaries are dying a slow death. I know I love them. I’m hoping the naysayers are wrong about that prediction. 🙂

Thanks again, Greta!

Learn More About Beth: http://www.bethkery.com/

Read a Daring Time Excerpt: http://www.bethkery.com/daring-time/

Order Daring Time at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Daring-Time-Beth-Kery/dp/0425227960/

Order Daring Time at Borders: http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0425227960

***Beth has graciously offered up a copy of Daring Time for U.S. Residents or a download copy of Ghost of A Chance or Excorcising Sean’s Ghost for International residents. Just leave a comment answering Beth’s question. Good Luck***


47 Responses

  1. Hi Beth and Greta! I loved the interview and Daring Time sounds so interesting. I love time travel and combined with a good love story it becomes irresistible for me. I don’t think that contemporaries are on their way out, many people love them (myself included). But throughout the history of writing one genre is always more popular then the other one for some time and then another becomes popular. So it’s never-ending cycle 🙂

  2. Here I am stalking and *Waving Madly* at Beth again this morning!

    Greta – please don’t enter me in the draw because I already have my copy of “Daring Time” and it is awesome. 🙂

    Wonderful interview Beth and Greta! I learn something new about you each time I read one of your interviews.

    Best Regards

  3. Wicked Burn rocked my socks and as I love time travel romance, I’ve been looking forward to reading this one ever since I read WB. It’s in my ‘shopping cart’ but it would be very fun to win a copy *g*
    But just as fun – finding a new reader blog. This is my first visit – Lea pointed the way – but it won’t be my last 🙂

  4. Hi Beth and Greta,
    thanks for the interesting interview! I’d love to be entered for one of the ebooks, Daring Time is on my wishlist and will be in my next bookorder.
    About contemporaries I love a good one now and then (although my favorites are paranormals) and I really hope they will stay!

    Greetings from Finland, Eva

  5. You’ve only been writing for four years?! Wow! That’s pretty amazing.

    I’d love to be entered for one of the ebooks.

  6. Hello, Ms Kery!

    I don’t think any subgenre of romance is dying. I do think these things seem to ebb and flow, depending on marketing trends, but if one looks, there’s always that one book in a ‘dead’ subgenre to be found.

    Best of luck with Daring Time!

  7. I love contemporaries.

  8. I hope contemporaries are not a dying breed. I know that the last few years it seems like paranormals have taken over bookshelves (along with historicals), but I love to read contemporaries because the stories are usually more focused on the characters and their relationships instead of historical contexts and restrictions, or world building.
    I like to read all subgenres as long as the book is written well, but sometimes what I read is based on what is available, not necessarily what I would prefer.


  9. Hi Ms. Kery

    No way are contemporaries dying. I love reading them however I can get them. The naysayers don’t know what they’re naysaying about! Who are these ‘naysayers’?

    Dottie 🙂

  10. Contemporaries are a “safe” brand for me.
    I enjoy unique things which is why I enjoy reading paranormal and UF. I love action. Kick ass action to be precise. I don’t usually get that from a contemporary but they do offer “real”ness. 🙂

  11. Hi Greta and Beth!!

    Congrats again on the release! 🙂 I love contemporaries so I really hope they are not dying!!!

  12. Hi Beth. Congratulations on the release of Daring Time. I love contemporaries. I hope they are note dying.

  13. Hi! Congrats on the success of Wicked Burn and the release of Daring Time.

    I sure hope that contemps aren’t dying, cause *sob* that would break my heart. Srsly.

  14. Hey Greta and Beth!!!
    I’m Baaaack Beth!! LOL
    Another Great Interview!!!

  15. I don’t think contemporaries are dying. If they are, it’s news to me. But, just like Frana said, genres tend to ebb and flow, just like the economy. Like, right now, paranormals are really high up there. So that’s bound to hit other genres down a bit.

  16. Good morning, Greta! Thanks so much for having me here. You did a wonderful interview:)

    I’m so glad to hear people would be heartbroken like me if contemps died a slow death. lol. I do agree that things go in cycles. I know there were some publishers at RT that were saying they weren’t interested in contemps at this time. However, others said we want them, so who knows?

    Booklover, you make a very good point as far as contemps allowing the author to focus on characterization and character interaction vs. building worlds, whether they are describing past worlds or making their own.

    Nice to see so many familiar face here. 🙂

  17. I don’t read contemporaries that often, but I sure don’t want to see any genre die.

  18. Hi Beth,

    Great interview and that hot cover for your book is swoonworthy!

    I don’t think contemps are a dying breed, I just think they are in a downward cycle right now…similar to what historicals did a few years back. I read primarily historicals with a few contemps thrown in for good measure.

    kkhaas[at]bellsouth dot net

  19. I would hate to think that contemps are going out. Some of my fav authors write in this genre and I buy them every week. I think hot genres phase in and phase out and while contemps might not be as popular right now, I have no doubt they’ll make a comeback eventually.

  20. Hi Beth,
    Daring Time sounds like a book I want to read.
    I sure hope contemporaries aren’t on their way out. I would really miss them.

  21. congrats on the release of Daring Time. Loved reading the interview. As for contemporaries dying I don’t think so most definitely hope not. That would be horrible.

  22. I enjoy reading contemporaries, I hope there not dying!

  23. Hi Beth, I love reading all genres of romance. I don’t think contemps are on the way out. I think there are trends, just like any other genre, that become popular while others ebb and wane. It’s just a matter of time before the pendulum swings in the other direction…

  24. Hey Beth and Greta, I love contemporaries. Reading contemporary romance actually gives me hope for real life…. I guess it’s the realist in me that sees something different in paranormal/fantasy etc. romance…. Latter is great escape, but more of a stretch from reality?!?

  25. Great interview congrats on the release of Daring time. I don’t think contemporaries are on the way out either i agree about trends i remember a time when paranormals werent popular now they’re everywhere.


  26. Hi Beth and Greta,
    Thanks for that wonderful interview. I actually don’t think that contemporary romance is dying, I agree with many others that it’s probably just a particular trend for a short period of time. I know that personally, I was a huge Nora Roberts fan. But for the last year or two, I wasn’t really interested in the storylines of her newer releases, instead I was exploring some other genres. But my interest is definitely piqued by her newest release, “Visions in White”. So it’s probably just because of the changing tastes of the consumers.

  27. Congrats on the new release!! I don’t think contemporaries are a dying breed. I admit to reading quite a bit of paranormal stories, but sometimes they get to be too much of the same story and I don’t want to have to think that hard. Contemporaries are easy to pick up and read anytime, especially when I need a break!

  28. Okay, yep… feel like a stalker!!! LOL!!!
    Please enter me in the contest!!
    ****feeling like a littel kid begging her mom for some candy**** Please Momma… enter me… enter me!!!

    As an young adult… Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts rocked my world… then I learned about things that go bump in the night!!! But I think that contemporaries are still going strong… peoples views are just opening up more.
    Thanks for the contest Greta!!! And **trying not to appear stalkerishtic (gotta love my new made up word)***thanking Beth!!!

  29. I love contemporaries and I hope they aren’t dying out. I have to switch between genres or else I get tired of reading the same ones over and over again.

  30. Congrats on the release!

  31. Hi Beth and Greta, I don’t read tons of straight contemporaries, need a parnormal twist to my romance stories, but I don’t think they will be disappearing anytime soon.

  32. Great Interview! Congratulations on your new release Beth! I love both contemps and paranormals – so hopefully both will stick around:)


  33. Hi, Beth! Hi, Greta! Nooooooooo…. I started out as a contemporaries-only reader and though I’ve branched out quite a bit, I still love straight contemporaries! I’d be crushed to see them fall by the wayside!

  34. Loving the progression of your career BK! Can’t wait til DT is in my hands – loving the covers and blurbs for your upcoming works as well – yums

  35. I have to agree that these things go in phases but as long the readers are there, the stories will be! Looking forward to reading this book!

  36. Susense? Oooh, sounds like something I’d like to read. I’ve read the synopsis on another site on this book and really would like to read it sometime.

  37. Hi Beth,
    I agree with Amy. I don’t think contemporaries are dying, I just don’t think we hear as much about them as paranormals or western books. I do like to pick up a contem every now and then just to give me a break between my paranormals. Have fun at your signing today. 🙂

  38. I love reading contemps. Daring Time sounds great!

  39. Wow! Beth your really kicking butt for just writing 4 years. Congratulations on your success! Daring Time seems great and I can’t wait to read it.

    Beth Kery = Awesome!

  40. Hi Beth and Greta~

    Great interview! I really hope that contemporary romance is not dying…I enjoy reading contemporaries and I cannot imagine them not being around.

    Congrats on the release and I am really looking forward to reading it!

  41. Hi Beth! Absolutely love your books and can’t wait to read this one. Can’t believe you’ve only been writing since 2007…and I’m a city girl too! 😀

    lyoness2009 @ hotmail.com

  42. Great interview. I dont believe contemporaries are dying. Its one of my favorite genres and while there may be more competition out there now there will always be a place for them as well.

  43. I think contemporaries are alive and well. Any search on the Internet will reveal lots of sites devoted to them and they are obviously visited often.

  44. i hiope not
    but some contemps have paranormal elements

    i live stragiht comedy contemps books i hope those dont go away

    congrats ont he books

  45. Yeah, I’m so glad to hear so many readers would be sad if contemps weren’t on the bookshelf. I do like a contemp that has some paranormal elements. My editor calls it ‘paranormal light.’

    Cheered me up to read all the comments. 🙂 Have a great Thursday.

  46. I absolutely love time travel romances! Daring Time sounds awesome!

  47. Hi Beth and Greta,

    What a awesome interview and I’m definately into time travel romance. Once in a while I like to read contemps though I love paranormal, mystery/thriller and romantic suspense.

    Keep up the good work and I enjoy reading your blog Greta.

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