Meet the Ladies in Red ~ Beth Yarnall

Introduce yourself, please. Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?

Hello! I’m Beth Yarnall, the author of Rush, a romantic suspense that will be released August 13th. I am actually an Elizabeth, but I’ve been called Beth for so long that I don’t think I could answer to anything else. Especially Liz, please don’t ever call me Liz. Yarnall has been my married last name for almost twenty years (Where did the time go?) and is actually pronounced ‘Yarnell’. It never occurred to me to use a pen name, but if I did I’d pick something like Writie McAuthorly or Diva McWriterson.

Tell us about your family and where you live.

I was born in Orange County, California not far from where I live now. My parents went through a gypsy phase in which we moved every one to two years so I’ve lived up and down the state of California- Lompoc, Salinas, San Jose, and Fresno. We finally settled back in Orange County when I was in fifth grade, then moved one more time to Huntington Beach where we stayed long enough for me to graduate high school. I still live in Orange County with my husband, Mr. Y, and my two sons- #1 Son and Monkey Boy. I love living in Southern California and like to joke that we pay extra for the good weather… it’s worth every penny!

What have you done other than writing?

I have a license in Cosmetology and have worked as a hairstylist, makeup artist, and esthetician. At one time I co-owned a salon with my very best friend. For three years I worked as a beauty consultant for Esteè Lauder, which fed my cosmetics obsession. In addition to writing I now do the billing for the company my husband and I own. Thank goodness for the writing because billing is bor-ing.

The best part about my writing life is:

The best part of my writing life is the friends I’ve made. No wait! It’s getting to travel to conferences. No, that’s not it either. Hmm… I know! The best part of writing is that I’ve finally found an outlet for all of the voices in my head.

The worst part about my writing life is:

A flat butt. Seriously, if I ever get an office of my own, I’m going to have a set up with a chair and a set up where I can stand while I write.

Tell us about one—just one—physical characteristic and one secret passion.

One I like or don’t like? I’m going to go with one I like because I’d rather be positive. I’d have to say my smile. Not because there’s anything particularly exceptional about it, but because when I smile people smile back. A smile is the simplest gift you can give and receive. And it’s free! Pass one on and see for yourself.

My One Secret Passion? Writing was/is it for me. I’ve tried everything else and I’m either not very good at it (like gardening) or I grow bored with it (like knitting). Wow, I’m going to have to find a new secret passion. Any suggestions?

Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My ability to be happy wherever I am. Whether it’s an open field, the DMV or a burned out building I manage to find a way to enjoy myself.

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

Maybe the central coast of California? This is difficult for me. I love living in Southern California close to my family and the beach. And you can’t beat the weather.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

I set my stories where they need to be set. I had originally set Rush in Alabama, but had to change the location because of the law there banning adult toys. I thought about a couple of other Southern states, but I also wanted a big city feel. Texas had a law banning adult toys that was repealed so it seemed like the perfect place to set Rush. I can’t remember exactly why I settled on Dallas maybe because I’ve been there several times and loved how clean and shiny the city is.

What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?

Actual writing? That would be in Jr. High. I was on the yearbook and newspaper staff. I wrote a serialized soap opera for the school newspaper called ‘Bleach’ (clever, right?). I still have a few of the papers and they’re not bad.

Why do you write romance novels?

For me, romance is about the journey two people take to their happily ever after. The struggles, the misunderstandings, the kissing, the groping, the blinding hot sex… what was I saying? Oh yeah, romance. Every couple has a unique story of how they met. What draws and binds people to each other is as near to magic as we mortals get and it fascinates me. In Rush, Mi and Lucas are a very physical couple. I constantly had to hose them down and tell them to wait. They have chemistry enough to start a laboratory.

What else do you write?

I also write mysteries (think Stephanie Plum in a hair salon) and am currently writing a paranormal romantic suspense. For some reason I feel the need to kill people… on paper. Not in real life.

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?

The hot sex.

Psht… hahahaha. Okay, seriously. I can’t think of one thing in this book that is like any experience I’ve had. I’ve never been stalked, sold adult toys on TV or fallen in love with an ex-Navy SEAL. But if I had to pick something it would be Mi’s devotion to her family. She’d do anything for her friends and family.

What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

Fortunately nothing. I really respect that about Crimson Romance. I felt like they took my story and made it better. They didn’t try to make it like X book that sold a bizillion copies, wanting to flood the market with almost-like-but-not-quites.

Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?

Lucas. He’s trying to find a profession that will fulfill him. I was like that until I started writing seriously. It’s really difficult to figure out what you want to be when you grow up!

Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

Titled Lush, the second book in my Pleasure at Home series is going to be about Cal and Lucy. I haven’t worked out the entire plot yet, but the opening line is-

Lucy Monroe stood outside the thick door with the gleaming brass nameplate, preparing to beg someone she couldn’t stand for something she didn’t want.

As you can see, Cal and Lucy have a rather complicated history and an even more complicated present. I can’t wait to dive into their story!

Now I have a question for you! If you could live any where else in the world, where would you live and why?

Rush~Book One in the Pleasure at Home Series

Someone is stalking Miyuki Price-Jones.

As the host of a very successful home shopping TV show that sells adult toys, Mi has become the object of an ex-con’s obsession, requiring the services of ex-Navy SEAL turned bodyguard, Lucas Vega. As the attraction between Lucas and Mi grows, Lucas has a difficult time keeping his feelings for Mi separate from his mission to keep her safe. A mission that is more challenging than anyone could have predicted.

Damaged by their pasts, Lucas and Mi find more in common then they could have imagined and secrets they thought would tear them apart could be the ties that bind them together forever. But with the stalker growing bolder, Lucas and Mi must learn to trust each other or risk losing more than their hearts.

One of them could lose their life.

Beth Yarnall writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious blog post. Beth lives deep in the heart of `The O.C.’ California with her husband, two sons, and their dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her stories please visit her website- www.bethyarnall.com

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27 Comments

  1. Great post, Beth, and welcome! I love the mountains of North Carolina like you love Southern California, so I’d be hard pressed to leave, though if I were younger (and single), I’d probably want to live in Dublin. I just returned from a trip to Ireland, and Dublin is one young, hopping town. Lots of great music, and then, of course, there’s Guinness. Plus, Colin Ferrell was in town when I was there. No, I didn’t stalk.

    Best of luck with Rush!!!!

  2. So nice to learn about you, Beth. (I named my character Beth and she’d never want to be called Liz either) How nice to live in a warm climate. I’m Canadian, so have to deal with looooooong winters. I cherish every summer moment. If I could live anywhere, hmmm, I loved to be north in the summers and south in the winters. I visited Arizona a couple years ago and thought Sedona was pretty nice. From Ontario, we tend to travel to Florida, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The south of France was pretty nice, and oh! Costa Rica. Would love to spend a few winters there!

    • Arizona is a popular vacation spot for Snow Birds (Canadians seeking warmth in the winter). Palm Springs is also very popular. Sedona is one of my favorite places to visit. So beautiful.
      Yay, for Beths!

  3. Fun interview, Beth! I would love to live in a remote area with a beach or at least woods. Ahh, peace!!

  4. What an excellent interview. The story sounds wonderful! Adding it to my TBR.

    Nikki

  5. Congrats on your sexy new series, Beth! Definitely a book I want to read. I’d love to live in Venice–Italy! No freeway traffic…just foot traffic, lots of bookstores and great pizza!

  6. I enjoyed your interview, Beth. You have a nice sense of humor. Best of luck with this release.

  7. Beth,

    So nice to see you!! I had the best time sitting next to you at dinner! What a great, huge meal we had. Wow! I love your note…Think Stephanie Plum in a hair salon! Clever. Your book sounds awesome and the next one too! Can’t wait.

    Smiles,
    Rionna

  8. Thanks, Rionna! I had a great time getting to know you, too. I’m so glad we did that dinner. What a fabulous group of ladies!

  9. So sad I missed out meeting you at Nat’ls – Atlanta 2013 is all I can say.

  10. OOo yay! It finally got a cover. Now I can write my review for it. Let me just say that your book surprised me and it’s such a wonderfully heartbreaking story. Well done Beth!

  11. Congratulations Beth!
    I love the first sentence for Lush. Very intriguing.

  12. Great post, Beth! It was so great to meet you at RWA. I LOVED Rush, as you know, and can’t wait to read your next one. Oh…Estee Lauder is my favorite and has totally spoiled me.

    I’d love to see you write that mystery in the salon! Congrats on your release and hope you have many sales!

    • I wrote the mystery in the salon and just received an offer for it. I’ll keep you posted as to when it will be released. Thanks, Erin! I’m so glad you loved Rush.

  13. You’re a hoot Beth! Can’t wait to read Rush.

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