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
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. 🙂