Anniversary Interview & Contest: Lori Foster

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Jen:  It’s day two of our anniversary celebration and we have a special treat for our readers.  Today’s guest is bestselling author Lori Foster.  Our reviewer, JoAnne, requested the honor of interviewing Lori, so ladies, the blog is yours.

JoAnne:  Lori, will you share a short bio with us?
Lori:  Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. She has received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance; Amazon’s top-selling romance title for  Too Much Temptation; Amazon’s Top Ten editors’ picks in romance for Causing Havoc; Waldenbooks’ second “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for  Say No To Joe; the BGI group’s “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for The Secret Life of Bryan, “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” for Jude’s Law, “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” for Back in Black; and Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance for Servant: The Acceptance.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle.

As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster.  Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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JoAnne:  You write stand alone books, connected books, series and anthologies.  Do you have a favorite style of book? 
Lori:  Not really. I like writing connected books, but only because so many secondary characters start demanding their own stories.
As to length, after I’ve written a single title, I enjoy writing a novella. The stories are short enough that in comparison to a big single title, they feel like a walk in the park instead a month long journey.  But then after I’ve taken that short walk, I like to dig into the longer journey again. 🙂 So I tend to rotate: single title, novella, single title, novella.

JoAnne:  How do you decide to be part of an anthology since you have written quite a few stories included in them? 
Lori:  For new anthologies, it’s invitation only by my publisher. They make me an offer, tell me the time frame for when they’d need the story and who else will be in it, etc.., and I decide.

Once I’ve done a novella, they can put it into reissues and usually do. If a story goes for an extended time without being published, the rights revert back to me. So far that hasn’t happened.

JoAnne:  What makes you decide to write a series? When do you decide how many books will be a part of it?
Lori:  Sometimes I know right away that a book will be a series. For instance, the series I’m writing right now with MMA fighters, the Ultimate series. I knew when I wrote Cannon’s story (You met him in the last series, Love Undercover) that his fighter friends Denver, Armie, Gage, and Stack would all get stories. How many books there will be altogether, I never know until I’m writing the last one and realize it’ll be the last one. Each and every book has the potential to introduce a secondary character who will demand his own story.

I say “his” because it’s rarely (as in almost never) that the secondary female characters become my focus. For me, it’s all about the guys. 🙂

JoAnne:  You also cross over characters from one series to another. How do you keep track of who’s who?
Lori:  Copious amounts of notes, character sketches (so I can remember who lives where and what color eyes they have, etc… 🙂 plus I always have the previous published book around for reference.

It can – and does – get confusing sometimes. And I’m human enough that I know I’ve occasionally made a mistake. But I try very hard not to, and when necessary, I’ll re-read one of my own books to refresh myself.

JoAnne:  All your books have such hot alpha males. Where do you get your inspiration?
Lori:  Life in general. I believe very good men exist. I know poking fun at men is, for some reason, considered fine and dandy. Maybe because men take it without complaint, while no one else would. I actually don’t like it. I know a lot of amazing men. Not *perfect* men, because NO ONE is perfect. But just because men are flawed in ways different from women doesn’t make them *more* flawed. It makes them human. And sometimes endearing. And a lot more approachable and likable than a perfect person could ever be. Men see and feel and rationalize differently from women. Personally, I think that’s pretty awesome.

JoAnne:  Some of your more playful books seem to have been written earlier on – i.e. Murphy’s Law, Jude’s Law and The Secret Life of Bryan. Do you agree? How has your writing style changed/evolved?
Lori:  Hmmm… I think I still have playful stuff in my books. I see life in a playful way. There’s so much to smile about if only people will stop focusing on the negative and try focusing on the positive instead.

Let’s see… a lot of readers commented on the scene in Bare It All where they’re all outside the police station and Alice compares Rowdy to a girlfriend. 🙂

Oh, and in Run The Risk where Pepper traipses around in her undies in front of poor Dash and Reese…

I’m sure if I put my mind to it I could think of funnier stuff in each of my current books. I thought Trace and Priss were especially hilarious. (One of my favorite books to write.)

That said, I’m sure my writing has changed over time. I get a little embarrassed with the reissues from long ago because I see soooo many things I would “fix” if I could.

Overall, readers always see things I don’t see, and obviously have a very different perspective when reading my books. 🙂

 

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87 thoughts on “Anniversary Interview & Contest: Lori Foster

  1. karen machamer says:

    You are one of my favorite authors. Got hook on your books with Men who walk the edge of Honor. Love Dare, Trace and Jackson. I have read as many of your books as I can.

  2. Lynn Griffin says:

    Lori, Do you have a definite look for your subjects on the covers or do you prefer to leave it to your readers to see in their minds?

  3. LisaVH says:

    I discovered Lori Foster with the Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series. Loved them. I am currently working my way through her backlist 😀 Just finished Impetuous.

  4. Karen Ball says:

    I love the men in your books and feel compassion for them. I think of all the soldiers out there who need a little understanding and maybe your books will help women to learn to know the man better. Just saying…

  5. Zeneida says:

    A pleasure reading this interview. Good luck with your new series and thank you for your books

  6. Dawn says:

    I’ve been reading Lori’s books for years and I’ve loved them all. I’m happy to hear about the new series. Can’t wait to read them.

  7. Zeneida says:

    You said that reissue you find things you will like to fix. Will you do it and if yes , which series will you do it for?

  8. Bridget T. says:

    How do you come up with the names of your characters? Names of friends? Baby name book? Recommendations?

  9. Krysten M says:

    Love this series! I like that all these are inter connected and we get to see past characters come back for a bit. I can’t wait to see what the next book is about!

  10. Crystal H says:

    Question for Lori: when did you first realize you wanted to write for more than just yourself?

  11. Rae says:

    Question for Lori: What made you want to write such addicting books?? Also, your work is beautifully written, and your Alpha Male characters are simply to die for!!!

  12. PamC. says:

    Been a fan since The Secret Life of Bryan. Of course I have this set, but for a chance at Lori’s autograph I had to enter.

  13. Debby B. says:

    Wow just read the description for the giveaway and I’m not sure my previous comment counts! So let me start by saying I love this series and am currently hunting down all the books in the Buckhorn Brother’s series. Fallen Angels was the first book I ever read by Lori Foster and I am now a huge fan. I cannot wait for Cannon’s book I fell in love with him in Dash’s book…

  14. MM says:

    I loved Dash of Peril. A strong cop with a strong man? Yes, please. Somehow I manage to read your books sort of randomly so I would love the whole series to read. And it certainly won’t be a hardship to reread Dash. 😉

  15. Amanda says:

    Thank you for doing what you do. Your books have gotten me through great times like the birth of my 4 kids. ( reading at 4 am just me an eating baby and a great book). But they have also gotten me through horrible times. The death of my sister and my mom’s heart surgery. I used to read your books to her everyday of recovery. You are her favorite author. I love love love your books. And I always look forward to new ones or re-reading old but still great books!!

  16. Kairee Erwin says:

    I love your books, characters, and writing style !! Never stop I love reading your work !

  17. Julie Lack says:

    Dash of Peril was the first of your books I read and I loved it, now I read all your books that I can.

  18. Donna FertilizEr last says:

    Loris last series of books were so romantic and suspenseful with Rowdy and co. I am looking forward to Cannons story.

  19. carolyn davis says:

    great interview, have read all the books but tend to keep ones I like, would give those to a friend, and keep the new ones if I am lucky enough to win. thank you .

  20. Casie Boland says:

    Love all of your books! I read them during my lunch break and then I sneak in a few pages through out the day 🙂

  21. Donna Ferriola last says:

    Loris writing is always amazing and Cannons story should be informative too because I am not too familiar with this style of boxing. I am also interested in his happily ever after.

  22. Louise Brewer says:

    Absolute fav author! I went to an author and fan signing then we all went out to eat it was fantastic and lots of fascinating authors! Anyone has a chance to do this….GoGoGo!

  23. carolyn davis says:

    love all your series, The Servant, kindred series is much to short need a lot more of them. Hoping for more SBC Books and Visitation.

  24. Rhonda says:

    I love your books! And I liked the interview, thank you! One of my all time favorites is “Say No To Joe”! I love that series!

  25. anne says:

    Lori’s books are captivating and have great plots and real characters. the series are fascinating.

  26. erinf1 says:

    thanks for such a fun interview! I’m woefully behind on reading Lori’s books so I’m definitely going to be fixing that! Thanks again for the great post!

  27. Nancy Roots says:

    I have read your books from the beginning. Each has it’s own special “life”. Your characters are believable, likable and HOT. Finishing one of your books is both satisfying and annoying, because I want the story to go on and on and on, I LOVE the humor in your books and the tears they evoke at times.
    I am a nurse and want and NEED the escape your books provide. The release of tears, laughs and sighs… it all helps to de-stres.,
    Thank you for years of reading pleasure!!!!
    Nancy

  28. Karen H says:

    While I’ve heard of Lori, I’ve never taken the opportunity to read her books. After reading the interview today, I really must change that. Books sound pretty good!

  29. Kristy Petree says:

    Lori has / has had such a successful and amazing career! I guess I’d ask her if she reads books similar to the ones she writes, or what are some of her favorite books and favorite authors. Also, this is such a lovely giveaway, thanks for the chance.

  30. Lori says:

    I really enjoy reading, Lori Foster, books one of the first books I read was Murphy’s Law, I have been hooked ever since.

  31. Tonja says:

    Lori you are one of my favorite authors! Love your Fool’s Gold series. Haven’t got Until we Touch yet but I will. Keep on writing!

  32. Viki S. says:

    I’ve always wondered if an author who writes great alpha males, like you, actually knows any in real life that can come close to those in print? Thank you.

  33. Leanna says:

    My favorite Lori Foster books are Jude’s Law and Murphy’s Law. I still reread them once or twice a year.

  34. Cassandra Hicks says:

    I absolutely adore your books. You are the author that got me hooked on romance novels! Thank you!

  35. Terri C says:

    I have Fibromyalgia and read to take my mind off of the pain. You books are included in the over 100 that I read per year. Thanks for the relief.

  36. JoAnne_W says:

    What a fun interview. It was so great to see your answers to my questions. I’ve been a fan forever and have always loved your books! I hope I didn’t offend with the playful question. Maybe the earlier books seem more playful because of the types of covers used.
    Thanks for sharing.
    JoAnne

  37. Trudi Wells says:

    How do you come up with a storyline? Love reading your books. Thanks for writing such great stories and keep them coming.

  38. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    The covers of your Love Undercover series are all dreamworthy! How do you pick your cover models? Thank you for the chance to win the series!

  39. Linda Luinstra says:

    Why did you decide to become an author and how long before you got your first book published?

  40. Mary M says:

    I can see that you do a lot of research. I love to see the pictures of you with the husband going to fights fairly often. Do you like going? Or does your husband have an interest in it and just takes you along. Always kind of wondered.

  41. Marcy Shuler says:

    You have had really great luck with your covers, Lori! I could look at them all day. *sigh*

  42. Michele Beauchamp says:

    Love reading All of Lori Foster’s books they keep me hooked in from beginning to end..

  43. Lorey Frazher says:

    I always am entertained by Ms. Fosters books. Once I finish I eagerly await the next one. I can tell by her writing that there is an excitement coming through her words. Thanks for that Lori…Like your name too. From one Lorey to another.

  44. Gail Guerrero says:

    Hard to handle is my favorite Lori Foster book. Harley is so hot and hard to handle. Haha:-D

  45. Lisa Hutson says:

    I love your books on audio. Love the narrator you use.
    Always looking forward to the next one.

  46. Maureen says:

    That was an interesting interview. I have been reading Lori’s stories for years and her series are great. I can imagine that it is tough to keep all the characters straight.

  47. Rae says:

    Lori’s writing is unique. I feel when I read her books, I am right there with her characters. She has a keen eye on how to make relationships work with them, even the hot, stubborn Alpha Males! Great job, Lori!!!

  48. nicole says:

    I love your books! Your one of the first authors I read. And one of the reasons I started and am still reading today! Thank you!!!!

  49. Rae says:

    Lori’s books have what kept in sane when I went through some incredible tough times this past year with my sickness. Thank you Lori!

  50. ButtonsMom2003 says:

    I love your book, especially the Buckhorn series. I love the novellas you’ve done the last couple of years.

  51. SusanR says:

    Hmm, leave a meaningful comment or question…How do you select the authors who attend RAGT and do any come back year after year?

  52. Rae says:

    I am wishing I win this giveaway! From the bottom of my heart, I can honestly say that Lori Foster is my favorite author of all time. Her books, every single one of them, are truly what being a writer is all about. Thank you, Lori! 🙂

  53. Jen B. says:

    I love the Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series. I have been looking so forward to reading these books. I love your alpha males!

  54. Anita H. says:

    Hi Lori! Just wanted to say love reading your books ever since I read your SBC Fighters series! I always look forward to your new books because I know I’ll love them!

  55. Ada says:

    I’ve always been entertained by your books starting with the Winston brothers and Visitation series then the Fighters and the Love Undercover series. Keep on writing! 🙂

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