Booktopia’s Romance Specialist, Haylee Nash pins down bestselling erotic author Beth Kery for the Saucy Six…and gets all hot and bothered in the process
1. When do you feel your most beautiful?
Probably on a day when I actually take care of myself and think about how I look. Unfortunately, that’s too rare these days due to work, which is a shame. I am a huge spa-lover. I adore pampering myself, not just because I’m into self-indulgence, but because it’s a reminder that I need to relax and focus on myself for a precious moment. A big favourite thing is to do a spa day with my friends or sisters, think healthy, drink lots of water, get a treatment, do hair and make-up there and then go out on the town. I feel like I’ve checked in with myself on a day like that, had fun. And yes, it makes me feel beautiful. 🙂
2. What makes a person attractive to you?
When they are self-aware. Not just of their own emotions and motivations and actions, but of what is going on around them. It’s a big turn-off for me to be around people who are so self-involved and obsessed with their inner stuff that it’s literally like they are blind to the world around them, like they have this narcissistic tunnel vision. People are attractive when they are in the moment and open to different experiences and people.
3. Who, if anyone, inspired your latest hero?
I’m really not a writer who bases my characters off specific people or specific appearances, but even if I did, Lucien would be the hardest to hang on a convenient descriptor hook. He’s very unique, in appearance, in background, in character. I like to think of him moving through the luxurious restaurants and hotels that he owns with all this graceful male strength, a figure that just owns a room that is filled with affluent, influential people. In that one aspect of his character—his quiet control of his domain, his utter confidence, his understated strength and cosmopolitan character—I’d compare him most to Rick in the classic movie Casablanca.
4. What’s the most romantic thing that has been done for you?
To this day, I think the wedding my husband gave me was the most romantic thing on earth. We eloped on a high mountain peak overlooking magnificent Lake Tahoe. There was sporadic, low cloud cover on that day, and while we were married, the sun started streaking through in these long, golden rays and bouncing off the cerulean blue alpine lake below us. It was like something out of a movie. I actually just got a tear in my eye thinking about it… 🙂
5. Why are romance writers sexy?
They’re sexy because they not only care about romance, they live for it. You can tell when you talk to other romance writers and you see their enthusiasm. They aren’t just talking about a formula for entertainment. They believe in the power of the story and the dream of a happily ever after.
6. Top tip for writing a steamy scene?
Hmm, that’s a good question. I honestly don’t understand how I write a sexy scene. Maybe that’s the secret. For me, there is no formula or mechanics involved. I just try to lose myself in the power of what’s happening with these two characters. I try to stay in the moment. The hero and heroine feel very real to me. If I can’t feel that, the scene really will come off as mechanical and staged. When it comes down to it, genuine emotion is what creates the steam. When I say emotion, I mean lust and love, yes, but a whole rainbow of other potential feelings: anger, unrequited longing, anxiety, fear, doubt, strained loyalty, confusion…the list goes on. In the end, desire is what triumphs over all those things. It’s this struggle and the final victory that rivets us all as readers time and again.
Thank you to Booktopia for having me!
Beth Kery loves romance, and the more emotionally laden and sexy the romance the better. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, When I’m With You, and Exposed to You. Her books have been translated into over eleven languages.