Hi Beth, welcome to Under the Covers and congratulations on the release of THE AFFAIR, your latest serial!
Thank you, and I’m very glad to be here.
You are sort of the Queen of serials! 😉 What’s the appeal to you to write this way, and for you, how is the process different than writing full length novels?
There is a lot more of an art to writing a serial than I think many people realize. For instance, often people mention how the serial is just a novel that is randomly chopped up into pieces. That’s not what a serial is. I write the serial to be read as a serial. It’s mean to be an eight-week long reading experience. Each installment has its own arc. It’s a part of a whole, yes, but it’s episodic in nature, much like a television program. Each installment has its own entertainment value.
Because of its nature, the serial isn’t for everyone. I understand and respect that. However, there are people who enjoy the serial for several reasons. It gives a sense of satisfaction for having finished the weekly episode. I find that busy, mobile people enjoy this shorter, episodic version of consuming a book. Also, people write to me and say that they have never been a big reader, or haven’t really read since high school, but they enjoy the serial. They feel positively reinforced for completing an installment when they have struggled finishing an entire novel. That positive reinforcement makes them want to read the next week. There are many, many types of readers out there, and not everyone is the type to consume a book in a day or in hours. The serial offers an alternative way of reading, and I believe it hits a different market. Of course the rabid readers can love the serial too. I hear from many several-books-a-week readers who follow the serial because it’s fun and offers something palatable for a busy lifestyle.
What are some of the weaknesses and strengths of your heroine, Emma?
Emma has a bone deep, eternal strength about her. Montand calls her fey. Because of an experience she had with death early in life, she has this sort of grace and calmness about her. As a hospice nurse, she deals with issues on a daily basis that most people would run from. It’s her peace, unconventionality and strength that calls out to Montand.
Emma’s weakness is that she’s a little blind to seeing the harsh realities of the world. She sees what she wants to see, and that puts her at risk. Michael, on the other hand, is cynical about almost everything. They are quite a contrast to each other in that way, but the rub off on each other. They learn from each other, and grow into better people.
What is your favorite type of scene to write?
I love it when I’m writing and this sort of poignantly romantic scene just unfolds. Not a big, flashy scene necessarily, but a lovely one. I felt that a lot of those occurred in THE AFFAIR: Michael and Emma’s talk on a Northshore beach about death and loss, Michael whisking her off to a romantic evening in the city, Emma reading to him while they lounge on a private beach next to the Mediterranean, a dance on the terrace in the moonlight. They are quiet moments. Intimate. Sweet. I like them because they aren’t necessarily plot point scenes, but these delicate, romantic snapshots that just unfurl in the writing process.
What was your hardest obstacle in writing THE AFFAIR?
It was actually very arduous to write. It’s the size of two books in length, plus it’s a very emotional story. The serial format is very tricky to do, much more mentally challenging for me then a regular, linear novel. I’ve told the story to coincide with the first eight weeks of Michael and Emma’s relationship, so that each week of the serial is a week of their love affair. There were times I didn’t think the time element would work. It’s like doing a rubric’s cube to get everything to fit just right into the time allotments. I eventually got it, and everything clicked into place. By the end of it, I was kind of wrung out, and at the same time, extremely happy with the results.
Do you have anyone in mind (celebrity or online picture search) for your characters in this series?
They both are strictly from my imagination, but I thought Carey Mulligan was a great fit for Emma—strong, fresh, a little fey. As for Michael, he was more challenging to find a look-alike for. I imagine him as a European-type—a real Mediterranean God, so to speak. I chose Theo Theodoridis on my Pinterest The Affair page as being akin in looks to Michael Montand. Beautiful. Tragic.
What are you currently reading or just finished and LOVED?
I’ve kind of been on a Samantha Young kick. I read On Dublin Street first, and liked it a lot. Now I’m on Down London Road. I really enjoy Young’s voice.
What’s next for Beth Kery?
THE AFFAIR is still releasing into November. Also in November, I have a novella, ON THE JOB, re-releasing as a single e-book from Berkley. (This was a novella that was originally in the Three to Tango anthology). I’m very excited for December, when ONLY FOR YOU, the third novel in the One Night of Passion series debuts. This is Seth’s story. He’s a Hollywood makeup artist at the top of his game who has sworn off dating actresses. When he’s hired to disguise the very recognizable face of Hollywood film star Gia Harris, he’s faced with a quandary. Despite his personal rule to avoid actresses, he can’t keep his hands off her. ONLY FOR YOU was a lot of fun to write. The story can stand on its own, but for readers who have read other books in the series, they’ll be happy to see cameos from Rill and Katie, Chance and Sherona and Everett and Joy.
COMING OCTOBER 28, 2014
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WHEN I’M WITH YOU AND BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE
Emma discovers startling new secrets about the enigmatic Montand and fears his spiritual wounds are too deep to heal—as New York Timesbestselling author Beth Kery’s The Affair continues…
The Affair Week Seven
Emma and Montand’s exhilarating vacation in France takes them from the glamour of a luxury yacht to the dangerous thrill ride of the Montand Grand Prix, but it’s the daring new levels of intimacy they share that leave Emma breathless. Their decadent getaway affords Emma insights into Montand she never anticipated when she learns more of the truth about his damaged childhood, his volatile relationship with his father, and the woman groomed to be Montand’s substitute mother. Emma longs to help him fight his demons and end his suffering, but how can she, when his anger and guilt won’t let him forgive his stepmother…or more importantly, himself?
There’s a storm on the horizon, but for now, there’s sun-drenched sweetness and the naked truth in each other’s arms. Their days together are drawing to a close, giving every touch, every kiss, every moment of sensual submission and possession a wild, desperate intensity. They only have the moment so Emma and Montand surrender to it with total abandon.
Includes a bonus excerpt of Beth Kery’s Exposed to You
More to come. Don’t miss the stunning conclusion in The Affair: Week 8
Praise for Beth Kery, Recipient of the All About Romance Reader Poll for Best Erotica
“Wicked good storytelling.”—Jaci Burton
“Addictive and delicious.”—USA Today
Beth Kery is the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, When I’m with You and Exposed to You.
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