Today she is the bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, When I’m With You, and Exposed to You. Though she writes in many genres, Beth always strives for one commonality: emotionally satisfying romance.
If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?
I’d say the Mary Stewart Merlin trilogy. There’s something about Stewart’s honest, lyrical voice that always drew me in completely. More than any writer I know, she’s plainspoken and draws amazingly detailed pictures with her prose, but she’s also got this inherent romantic quality. She’d be writing about a squalid hut or the horrific scenes of war, but she always did so with respect and an acute awareness of the beauty of the human condition.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Either from random name generators on the Internet or from the Chicago phone book, randomly choosing first and last names. Of course I have to like how the name goes together in the end.
What’s your favourite city?
I have to say my hometown, which is Chicago, Illinois. Right up there next to it is London. I enjoy walking both Chicago and London, and find both cities very approachable in addition to being rich in history, diversity, and culture.
If you could revisit yourself at any age, what age would you choose?
Twenty-three. I have several nieces in their twenties, and I’m often thinking: If only they know how truly lovely and lucky they are, to have so many choices in front of them. I guess it’s just one of the frustrating things about being at any age – you don’t realize its value and power until you’re not there anymore.
What do all writers have in common?
They are all acute observers, not just of physical details, but of the complexities of emotion and what drives human beings. I think the quality of an author’s writing is directly related to what degree of skill he or she possesses for accurate, honest observation.
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