Please welcome Siren author Beth Carter, here to share with us. Thanks for stopping by!
- When and why did you start writing romance?
I was about 11 years old when I began reading my mother’s Harlequin Presents and I was hooked. I love romance and erotica is just a way of writing romance with no blinders on. It feeds on fantasy and imagination, and I love transporting myself from my own hum-drum life into one of pure sensation. I love being turned on, and so when I write I want my readers to get turned on.
- Have you ever based a character on someone you know? If so, did you tell them? If not, is there someone in your life you’d like to base a character on?
Yes. I use my best friend, Lark, quite often in my books. She’s always the plucky side kick. It’s why I dedicate a lot of books to her. And if someone pisses me off then they usually end up as bad guys in my novels. I’ve been stuck using my ex-boss’s name for a while. It’s gotten so bad people see his name and tell me “Oh, he’s the bad guy, right?”
- Tell us about your latest book.
Lights, Camera, Love Story is the third in the Love Story series. It features Jake, who was introduced in the second book, Once Upon a Love Story. Jake is the latest Hollywood heart throb and he’s a player, but he’s met his match in Norah. This was supposed to be the last in the series, but then Jake’s friend is screaming at me to write his story so…we’ll see.
- What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to?
I have been fortunate enough to have traveled a lot. I’ve driven across the States several times, been to Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, and almost every country in Europe. In 2017 my family and I are going to Japan to climbMt.Fuji. So this question is slightly hard to answer. The most interesting place…maybe Paris. I lived there for four months and have traveled there several times. From the catacombs of bones to the bell tower in the Notre Dame, it’s a train ride to Monet’s house in Giverny and Versailles. And the subway is the easiest to navigate, hands down.
- What books do you have available now (title and publisher)?
I have twenty-one titles available and a little something for everyone. Some of my books make references to each other. For instance, my two historicals The Scarlet Dove and The Song Bird feature the ancestors to my characters in the McKnight, Perth & Daire series. They are all available on Amazon.com or at the publishers websites: Siren Bookstrand and LooseId. Or visit my website: www.bethdcarter.com
- What books do you have coming soon?
After Lights, Camera, Love Story, I’m taking a break to write more. I had eight books published in 2013 so I was very busy and need to recharge. I’m privileged to be part of a Dream Anthology so watch my website for updates later on in 2014 for that. I’m also working on a Motorcycle Club trilogy.
- What’s your favorite thing to drink while you’re writing?
Earl Grey Tea. I drink lots and lots of it while writing. I have a K-cup machine and make three cups so I don’t have to pause to make more.
- If you were from another planet, which one would you want to be from and why?
Someplace out of our Galaxy. Lots of possibilities. Having the Stargate would be cool because then you could explore the universe to your heart’s content. (Yes, I’m a huge sci-fi geek)
- What genre are most of your stories? Why did you choose that genre?
I write either MF or MFM stories, although I have written MM and MMF books as well. I prefer MFM because I like figuring out the dynamics of having two Alpha men love one woman. When I was first published, I wrote a plethora of genres because I was still figuring out my “voice”, per se. I have historical, contemporary, futuristic, sci-fi, time travel, rock-n-roll…which is why I say I have something for everyone. My one given is that everything is erotica romance, so there’s always a HEA.
- Which author have you always wanted to meet and why?
I can only pick one? I would say, hands down, Lisa Kleypas. She’s such an amazing writer. I would love to pick her brain on how she plots her stories and outlines each chapter. I think I could learn a lot from her.
Lights, Camera, Love Story
Jake Coolidge is Hollywood’s hot new star. Growing up in Los Angeles among the film sets his father worked on, Jake knows fame is fickle so he lives life to the fullest. He never has to search far for a pretty face with an amazing body to fill his bed, and he never, ever, promises fidelity.
Norah Scaritt has lived her whole life in a fantasy world. Knowing she would never be the girl to wear a bikini or short shorts, she’s come to accept that she has curves even though she secretly wishes she was one of the slim, beautiful models that decorates Jake’s arm.
She’s written a movie script that she knows Jake will be perfect for, but she’s ill prepared for the magnetic attraction she feels for him. As she tries to form a professional bond with him, his hot and cold attitude breaks her heart one too many times. Can Jake save a love that he denied before he’s lost the only person that ever really mattered?
Jake Coolidge is Hollywood’s newest heart throb but he knows how fame can be fickle. His friend Jill gives him a script that was written by her cousin, Norah Scaritt, and he really likes it. So he calls her to set up a lunch date.
When Norah takes the call, she’s excited. She drives to Malibu to meet with him but Jake has brought his latest conquest. There is an instant attraction between Norah and Jake and he invites her to a play he’s going to see that afternoon. Once at the theater, they sit alone and their attraction only grows deeper.
After the play they grab coffee and desert and continue to talk. By the end of the night, she is more than half way in love with him.
Jake doesn’t believe that love lasts. His parents fought all the time, and when he was eighteen, his father got a fifteen year old girl pregnant, ruining his directing career. The fall out poisoned Jake’s perspective. So he plays hot and cold with Norah because he wants her but he doesn’t want to love her.
When his friend states he’s going to make a play for her, this upsets Jake and Jake takes her to Alaska where he’s best man at his friend’s (Caleb from Once Upon a love Story) wedding. Once there, he decides he can safe guard his heart long enough to have a relationship with Norah.
Once back in LA, however, he realizes that he really cares for her and it scares him. He runs. But he gets a call that Norah was on a bus that crashed, no survivors, and Jake realizes just how much he loved her.
Norah’s purse was stolen and the thief jumped on a bus. While she’s in the police station, she sees Jake crying on TV and has a cop take her to him. They are reunited and Jake tells her he loves her.
I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.
I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I am a mom to an amazing little boy. I live in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and family. I hate washing dishes but I love cooking. I hate washing clothes but I love wearing them. Writing my bio is difficult because I never know what to say so I hope you like this one. My favorite color is red but I look best in black (it’s slimming). I hate people who don’t pick up their dog’s crap in public places, people who don’t use turn signals, and I really hate people who are rude and condescending. I especially hate discrimination in all and every form. And although I love holding a book in my hand, I absolutely adore my ereader, whom I’ve named Ruby. I love to hear from readers so I’ve made it really easy to find me on Twitter: @BethDCarter or Facebook:
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