Friday, November 04, 2011

Guest Author Interview - Lori Foster

Happy Friday everyone! We have a special guest with us today - Lori Foster! Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Berkley/Jove.

Let's dive into some questions!

1. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?
[Lori said:] I’m very involved with my family, so anything fun with them is perfect. Every Sunday is dedicated to “family day” and the kids come by with their significant others, and my grandson... it’s always enjoyable. But other than Sunday, I love to be near water. I love to boat and water ski and swim... You can probably tell by the number of lakes I write into my books that I love life near a lake. J Coffee tastes better while watching the sun rise over the water. Evenings are more peaceful seeing the moon reflect on the lake. Water is such a calming influence.

2. What books are sitting in your TBR pile right now? What book are you currently reading?
[Lori said:] I recently located some oldies by some of my favorite authors, so I’m re-reading a bunch of those! Linda Howard, Catherine Coulter, Jayne Ann Krentz, Elizabeth Lowell... I love revisiting characters. But I also keep up with Kresley Cole. LOVE her work.

3. Please, share something you found most interesting or fun that you did to research for a book.

[Lori said:] I’ve taken police seminars to learn about current threats, procedures, etc... I also did a ride-along (more than one, actually) with police to see the happenings, to sort of soak up their routines and how they react to things. I’m very, very nervous around guns – and especially nervous around tasers! But I love talking with police officers and fire fighters and getting their take on things.

4. How did you come up with names - or - setting - or - character occupations - or - plot, etc. for Buckhorn Beginnings?

[Lori said:] Buckhorn Beginnings is a reissue of two older books (part of a 5 book series – others will be reissued soon) and back when I first wrote those books, coming up with original but “normal” names was easier. Sawyer, Morgan, Gabe, Jordan, and Casey... those were the original titles – just names, and I LOVE those names still. They were probably favorites left over from back when I chose names for my sons. These days, after 80 some books, it is MUCH harder to find names I love.

The setting... well, see question #1. I LOVE lakes. Growing up, I spent every summer on a lake in Williamstown, Kentucky. When we woke in the morning we put on our swimsuits and left them on until we changed into our PJs at night. It wasn’t really a summer house, more like a tiny fishing cabin – one bedroom (Mom and Dad slept on a fold-out couch) with a small, L-shaped kitchen, dining, sitting area. We lived on the deck and the dock. LOL.

Now I have my own lake house and I STILL love it. So often, when I’m plotting, the characters just somehow end up near lakes. My muse must like lake-life as much as I do!

Occupations for the Buckhorn Brothers (original series name for Sawyer, Morgan, Gabe, Jordan and Casey) was easy too, because they were influential to their small town. That meant doctor, sheriff, vet... and then a handyman. J All vital to the denizens, all “go to” guys.

5. Action adventure or romantic comedy? What is your favorite movie lately?

[Lori said:] Horror! Always my #1 pick. The scarier the better. A cheesy scary movie is better than an okay adventure or comedy.

But after horror, I’d go with action adventure, and then comedy, and then romantic comedy. Dramas are out – I have no patience for them. Anything that I KNOW will make me cry? Forget it.
But hubby and I are huge movie buffs and we go at least once a week, often more if there are movies we want to see. Twice a week is the norm for us. About the only time I’m not plotting on a book is when I’m sitting in a theater watching a GOOD movie. (If the movie isn’t good, odds are I’ll be plotting again. LOL)

Thanks for the great questions! I have one for readers: Which of my secondary characters would they like to see have a book? It’s not uncommon for characters to resonate with readers in a way that they don’t with me. I see them strictly as supporting characters, and readers will see them as a lead.

Along the same lines, which of my series would they like to see continued with other characters? Seems every time I end a series, readers ask me for more – when I don’t have more. So I’m curious, if you could see me continue a series, which one would it be?

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!



Virginia said...

Hi Lori, great interview. Like you I love lake settings and the water. I grew up near a river and spent a lot of time there. We did a lot of swimming and fishing in that river. Looking forward to reading your books.

Debby said...

HI Lori, great interview. there is nothing better than family. We love time together and also love the water.
If I had a choice,I loved the Buckhorn but I think they are all covered. How about their friends?
debby236 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori, Great interview :)

Judy said...
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catslady said...

We also have Sunday as family day. I cook a nice dinner as incentive lol. I enjoyed the intereview and look forward to any of your characters that you wish to write. Author's perogative!!

Lori Foster aka L. L. Foster said...

Virginia, I'm currently writing a heroine who grew up on the river. She's fun! I LOVE the water. It's so incredibly peaceful.

Thanks everyone! Here's to family days!


Anne said...

How funny, for a romance writer to list romantic comedies so far down on your movie list (maybe because they tend to be terrible).

I love for you to continue your Servant series as L.L. Foster. I found the first one slightly strange and was leery about Gaby's age, but I enjoyed all three books and would like to read more about what become of Gaby and Luthor. t's been ahilw since I read them so I don't recall his name, but I'd be interested in reading a novella about her chubby, sloppy comic book store friend and his romantic love interest.

Anne said...

That's "I'd love for you..." ;-)

Lucy Monroe said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer questions for us Lori! I share with readers all the time what an inspiration and amazingly supportive mentor you've been to me. It's just wonderful to have you on the blog! ~ Hugs ~

cky15 said...

cky15: I really enjoyed the interview. The best thing is getting to know a little of who they are.
I also love the water guess it
has something with the meaning of my name. daughter of the sea.
I have several books from your booklist that I need to read.

Lorna said...

Lori, I'm a big fan of yours. I also enjoy your Facebook posts :-) I just finished reading Jude's Law and Murphy's Law and was quite entertained. I must say having a female character that was 'full figured' was a nice touch. I like the idea of the 'hero' seeing past a person's looks into who the person really is.

Gail said...

I like the Men of Honor series.Jackson Savor is my favorite hero of all time:)

Maria D. said...

Loved Lori's interview. I think it's great her family gets together every Sunday. I don't know what characters I'd like to see next ..I'm loving the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and I'm hoping we see more books there...can't wait to get my copy of Buckborn Beginnings

Jo Anne said...

Great interview. There are books that I love to reread every few years. The books remind me of fun family time.

Di said...

Since I recently finished 'Savor the Danger' I'd have to vote for that one.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Lori Foster aka L. L. Foster said...

Hi all!
Happty Saturday morning to you. Brrr... very chilly here today.
Time got away from me yesterday. Sorry I didn't drop in more. I'm writing, then had a dr. appt check up(routine) then my son and his partner came by so we went to dinner, and lastly I got my grandson (6 years old and awesome!) to spend the night, so he and I can go Christmas shopping this morning. Fun, fun, fun... but difficult to drop in to blogs!
Lucy is an angel on earth! (Miss you, Lucy!)
Thanks for all the fun posts everyone.

Anne, I'm very hopeful that I'll soon be able to get back to my L. L. stories! It's been a busy couple of years for me!

Lorna, I've written several books with full figured women. Too Much Temptation features Grace - one of my most popular books! And Taken has Virginia... she was a shark and I loved her!

Thank you again everyone. I hope you havea fabulous, fun filled weekend!

My best,


Judy F said...

Sorry I missed this yesterday. Love your books

Lorna said...

I have Too Much Temptation in my To Read Pile! Thanks for letting me know ahead of time :-)

Tami Brothers said...

I LOVE the Buckhorn brothers. And pretty much all the other Lori Foster books. :)

Great interview. I can just picture watching the sun rise over the lake or the moon reflected. Very cool.

Lori Foster aka L. L. Foster said...

Tami, I write a LOT of books set around lakes. I guess because our family grew up around one, I have a lot of fond memories of the fun to be had. ;-)
And romance on a lake... I was uber shy growing up (those who know me can stop laughing!) but my two sisters were always dating. Our dock was like Grand Central Station with boats coming and going, cars driving up on the gravel road, and once a helicopter was circling. My mom was ready to pull out her hair. LOL.

Happy Monday all!