Galen: Today Crimson Romance author, Beth Yarnall stopped by! Tell us about your book, RUSH.
Beth: Miyuki Price-Jones or Mi, is the host of a very successful home shopping TV show for adult toys called Pleasure at Home. Lucas Vega is an ex-Navy SEAL turned bodyguard, who is sent to protect Mi from a stalker. Damaged by their pasts, each of them must learn to trust one another by exposing and confronting their deepest, darkest fears.
Oh, and there’s lots of steamy sexoring.
Galen: What was the inspiration for RUSH?
Beth: The idea for RUSH came to me late one sleepless night. I was flipping channels when I came across a show that sold adult toys. I became fascinated by the way the hosts described the products all the while keeping within FCC guidelines. I then thought- What if one of the hosts was being stalked? The idea for RUSH blossomed from there.
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Beth: Hmm. That’s a tough question. It wasn’t any one thing, but a lot of little things that coalesced when I started reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. For whatever reason when I read those books something clicked inside of me and I thought- I could write books like this. I didn’t know that there could be humor in romance. It was truly eye opening and inspiring. Thanks Janet!
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Beth: Can I choose a short passage? This is from RUSH. Mi is describing Lucas as she’s just beginning to realize that her attraction for him will add a complication to her life that she doesn’t want or need.
'No, he wasn‘t handsome, but there was something there. Something dark and hot in his eyes that gave away the things he‘d seen, not nice things. This was a man who‘d lived at the edge of life, skirting around the outside. She knew about that. About secrets and always being on the outside looking in.'
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Beth: The best part is the act of putting words to paper, creating people and worlds that didn’t exist before.
The worst part? All of the sitting. I’m hoping flat bottoms come into style soon because I’m totally rocking it.
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Beth: The first romance novels I read were Harlequin romances. Those cameo covers exposed my barely teen self to the wonders and magic of happily ever after.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Beth: I wish I had a designated workspace! I write in the office we use for our business when I really need to shut the world out. Most days I write in the recliner in my living room because it’s the most comfortable for my back. I also write with friends at their home or at The Corner Bakery, which seems to be Mecca for all of the hot cops and firemen in the city. Lots of inspiration to be found there.
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Beth: I love watching my two sons play sports. I do the billing and accounts payable for the business my husband and I own. Thank goodness I write because billing is bor-ing. Other than that, I spend time with my family and friends whenever possible.
Galen: If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Beth: Jewelry designer. I lurve costume jewelry. Way back in the olden days when I was brunette, I considered going to a local art college for jewelry design. Instead I ended up flipping a coin- heads was interior design, tails was beauty school.
I’ve had my cosmetology license for nearly twenty years now, but I still kinda wish quarters came with three sides so I could have added jewelry design as a third option.
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Beth: It wouldn’t suck to have to research Scotland and Ireland.
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Beth: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Galen: Are you a pantser or plotter?
Beth: I’m a pantser who’s learned the hard way that I need to plot or I spend way too much time staring at the blinking curser, wondering what to write next. I use Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot structure. It’s linear and helps me ‘see’ my story more easily.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Beth: On writing, the best advice I’ve gotten was from a contest judge on how to make description work hard for me. She then went on to point out examples of where I’d made it work hard and where I hadn’t. I’ve never forgotten that lesson and try my best to make my descriptions say something not only about the object, person or feeling being described, but also have it reveal something about the character doing the describing. A character’s past, their opinions and their insecurities directly impact how they view the world. I try to bring that aspect into my writing whenever possible.
Galen: Did you sell the first book you wrote?
Beth: Oh, goodness no. RUSH is the fourth book I’ve written and the first to be published. I call my first two books my practice books. They will stay under my bed forever.
Beth: Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Galen. I had a blast!
Galen: Beth you are most welcome! Want to know more about Beth Yarnall? You can find her at the following links: