Interview with NY Times Bestseller, Lori Foster
Congratulations to "Amy R.", the winner of Lori's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Considering the source of this interview, the biggest question readers of this site will want to know is....why did you choose to write Romantic Suspense?
[Lori:] I don’t really think of my work as romantic suspense, or romantic comedy, or... in any category. I’m lousy at “defining” my own work. I know it’s romance, but beyond that, publishers – and sometimes reviewers – clue me in to the sub categories. It’s one of those mysterious things that just happens. The readers show up in my head, they start talking, and all I do is put it down on paper.
If they want to go straight to light and humorous love, then that’s where we go. If they have a darker story to tell, I go along for the ride.
I’ve been extremely fortunate that I’ve never had to define myself, or write to specific criteria. My publishers and editors have never given me direction one way or the other. I’ve had amazing freedom, and that’s something I don’t take for granted!
Some say that the Romantic Suspense genre has lost some of its popularity in favor of other genres. Do you find this to be the case?
[Lori:] Oh wow. See above. I don’t know! I’m not sure I’d recognize the various genres as anything other than romance. As long as I’m reading a compelling story between one man and one woman, and they end up in love and “happily ever after,” then I’m on board! I guess I can see where paranormal has really shot up in popularity, especially since I’m over the moon with Kresley Cole’s “Immortals After Dark.” Given they’re werewolves (my faves!) and demons (second fave!) and vampires and ghosts and Valkyrie, etc... I’m sure her work would be labeled paranormal. For me, I just see the books as *awesome* sexy romance with mega alpha heroes. J
It also feels like the popularity of erotica is slowing down a bit. That’s just a perception on my part, based on the fact that I’m seeing fewer ménage and bondage covers when I check out sites. :::shrug::: But I could be wrong.
"Romantic Suspense versus suspense with romance". What is your take on this complex debate posed by a reviewer?
[Lori :] I live in such a bubble. LOL. I sit at my desk and write. I know what appeals to me, and I know I’m lucky enough that it also appeals to my editor, and apparently enough readers to keep me in business. Personally, I like romance. Suspense with a little romance thrown in wouldn’t appease me. I want ROMANCE. Lots of it. Seat of your pants romance. Make you sigh, and laug,h and fan your face ROMANCE. I’d say if the romance isn’t the driving force of the story, then it’s suspense with romance, not romantic suspense.
But again, I live in a bubble. I miss all the big debates out there. LOL
Arizona Storm, your heroine in A PERFECT STORM. What a fantastic name. Was there a motivation behind the name?
[Lori:] There was! Hubby and I were walking through a graveyard, looking at names and headstones, and dates. I saw a name similar to Arizona Storm, and it stuck. (I’m not sharing the similar name because one day I’ll use it!) But while pondering that name, Arizona popped into my head. One minute she wasn’t there, and in the next – poof. Arizona Storm. Fully fleshed. Intruding on a story that, before that moment, didn’t include anyone with that name, much less with that backstory.
That’s pretty much how it works for me. Joe Winston, one of my most popular heroes ever, just sort of showed up. I was writing, and then... there he was.
His sister, Alyx, didn’t exist until in the middle of writing Joe’s story, his phone rang – and it was Alyx.
Some characters I know about for a long time.
- Like in my current WIP, I already know the first book is Detective Logan Riske (Run the Risk, Oct 2012) and that the 2nd book is his partner Reese Bearden, and the third and forth (not sure of the order yet) will be Dash Riske and Rowdy Yates. I already know those guys. They’re there, full characters with their own quirks, personalities and backstories. But will another guy show up? I dunno. Maybe.
If you were on a sinking yacht, what item would you reach for first to salvage?
[Lori:] I guess you mean other than hubby? Or other than any pets I had along? Relatives, other human beings? : -)
First off, I’m scared of cruises, so I can’t see me ever being on one. I swear, if I did a cruise, it would sink, and Jaws would be waiting for me. :::shudder::::
(And of course you gave me these questions prior to the Italian cruise ship sinking. Very sad, and horrifying.)
So anyway, IF I was on a cruise, I’d be writing for sure. So I guess I’d grab my flash drive. I would really hate to lose my work.
But truthfully, I’d pass out in fear and probably wouldn’t be able to grab anything. :-/
He never saw her coming…
Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.
Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero….
Lori will be giving away a copy of A PERFECT STORM to one lucky commenter.
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