Ask the Author: Lori Foster

What would you like readers to know about you?

I love writing, but writing doesn’t define me. If I never sold another book, I’d still be a very happy, upbeat person because I have so many other, much higher priorities. 🙂 You’ll never hear me call one of my books “my baby.” I had babies – 3 sons. Huge, huge difference! If a book tanks, I wouldn’t like it, but I’d get past it fast enough. (Please don’t take that as an invitation to hate my books! lol) But if someone happened to one of my boys, their significant others, my grandbabies or my husband? That’s would be true devastation.

I hear from readers often, and it amazes me how strong, how resilient and spiritually powerful some of them are. They inspire me – and I love them for it.

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?

SISTERS OF SUMMER’S END was recently released. It’s all about the power of friends who become family and the effect they have on us. Two women, each with difficult backgrounds, begin relating on a very basic level and soon realize they can rely on each other totally. Through support and encouragement, they each begin to trust in romance again and together, they find special “Happily Ever Afters.”

ALL FIRED UP is out in November. It’s the 3rd and last book in the Road to Love series and features a surprise arrival in the small town. He’s a super-hunk with a dark background who’d come calling for a very specific reason – but he gets immediately sidetracked by Charlotte. She’s his polar opposite in outlook and attitude and when he’s with her, he feels long-forgotten emotions…like happiness. Now his objective is different because Charlotte becomes the priority. Will his past scare her away, or will her trusty intuition give her heart what it craves? 🙂

What has been your inspiration for writing it?

For any book I write, it’s not really about inspiration. The world is full of fascinating, diverse people with various problems and backgrounds. I enjoy giving them life, and through love, help them either solve their issues or become better equipped to deal with them. I strongly believe the world looks better when viewed with love.

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?

In SISTERS OF SUMMER’S END, it involves dinner with Joy & Royce, our hero and heroine, and Joy’s son Jack. I absolutely adore children and their honest ways. Jack is just too cute and he has a way of laying it all out there so the adults can’t dance around it.

In ALL FIRED UP, there’s a scene where everyone is together – characters readers met in the first two books, DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION (Brodie) and SLOW RIDE (Jack), as well as their mother Rosalyn, who’s a force of nature. In the scene, Mitch and Charlotte are with them, and Elliott – wayward father to the guys – shows up. It’s a chaotic, action-packed, fun scene that, in my never-humble opinion, really brings out the personality of each person.

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?

Oh, so many! Though I write contemporary romance, I’m largely a historical reader. Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter – just to name a few. I also glommed anything and everything by Linda Howard and Jayne Ann Krentz.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?

Figure out the process that works for you. You can attend every writing workshop out there, but it doesn’t mean any of them will mesh with your own unique process. Whatever helps you get words on paper – that’s what you need to do.

Don’t share your story while writing it. Sharing it means it’s already been told, and that dilutes your motivation. Few things are as debilitating to motivation as sharing a story chapter by chapter. Write it, and then share.

Make the book as clean and error-free as you can – and then stop! Far, far too often authors hang onto a book, polishing it over and over, without ever getting it out there.

Don’t listen to the nay-sayers. Tune out the negativity. Yes, it’s difficult to succeed. Always has been, always will be. See that as a challenge, not a deterrent. Shore up that backbone and go at it with all you’ve got – BUT… remember it’s just writing. It’s not life.

BTW, I have a super-star panel coming out soon with authors Christine Feehan, Karen Rose and Nancy Naigle where we talk about the process and writing differences. Keep an eye on my Facebook to see that! Or keep check my podcast and YouTube channel  

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