Monday, October 15, 2012

Run The Risk With Lori Foster

Congratulations to "Christine B." the winner of Lori's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of over 70 novellas and novels. She currently writes single titles for HQN.

When you come up with an idea for a novel, do you imagine it as a series or standalone? Do you think in terms of chapters? How do you envision the book?

I never think beyond the first scene that comes to me, or the current scene I’m writing. What happens for me is that I see a situation – see it, like I’m watching a movie - and most times the hero is the dominant force of the scene. From there, the hero tells me his story as I write it.

In the beginning, I’m only interested in getting that first scene down on paper. Little clues pop up as I need them. The hero – who is always the biggest visual for me – makes himself more known as I go along. It’s really sort of magical how it happens. The characters introduce themselves, popping up when I least expect them. And they tell me the story – what they think I need to know, when they think I need to know it.

My current series is a little different because four heroes got introduced in the first book! Far as I can remember, that’s the first time that has ever happened. As soon as each guy hit the page, he made it clear he had a story to tell. I don’t know everything about his story until I start writing it, but each one told me they would want a book.

For timing purposes – because I’m pathetic when it comes to numbers – I pace the length of the book by keeping most chapters around 20 to 25 manuscript pages. That gives me, and the characters, a sense of when the book should be wrapping up.


When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend’s unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her...

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new “construction worker” who’s moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer’s crosshairs? 

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Lori will be giving away a copy of RUN THE RISK to one lucky commenter today!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Oct. 15th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. Giveaway is applicable to US and CANADA mailing addresses only.

20 comments:

  1. Great chat about your writing process. Thanks for sharing and congrats on writing so many wonderful books since 1996. Looking forward to reading "Run The Risk" and meet the soon to be hero in the next book.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  2. Hi, Lori! I first met you here on JRS with your Men of Honor series. Loved those books! You have such great heroes. I love series books, too, because when I finish a book I never want to let the characters go. Run the Risk is already on my TBR list! I follow you in Facebook and love how open you are with your fans. Thank you for that!

    amy at remus dot net

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  3. Hi Lori,

    Great to see you here and I love seeing you on Facebook. You are one of my favorites. Your new book sounds great.

    yenastone@aol.com

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  4. Run The Risk sounds great! Can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    kbarban at live dot com

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  5. WOW THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE
    lexis425@yahoo.com

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win! Your hero sounds awesome--how long can he keep his cover?? :D

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

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  7. The books of yours that I have gotten my hands on, I have truly enjoyed! Need to add more to my reading pile... this one sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. That's interesting how Lori gets her ideas together and then build her book - I've enjoyed many of her stories and look forward to this new series.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  9. Ohhh...a detective undercover as a construction worker? I'm in love already. ;-)

    Thank you for the chance to win and insight on your writing style. It is always interesting to see how a writer gets from point A to point Z.

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    1. I always forget my email sigh... jo1963jo at gmail dot com

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  10. I haven't read a Lori Foster book lately and I'm not sure why I stopped; I love romantic suspense.

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

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  11. Thanks so much for explaining how your characters come to life. I've always enjoyed reading your work. And thank you for the giveaway as well.
    4 heroes? I'm so excited!
    Mdjrxmom@msn.com

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  12. Love your books, Lori! Are the guys fighting about whose story should be told next?

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  13. I love reading every one of your books. I love the suspense and intensity of the story. I love the hero's and heroine's relationship. I love the heroes. (I just have to say that again.)

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Nice post. The book sounds good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I really enjoy your books, Lori - loved the Men of Honor series and definitely looking forward to your new series! I liked learning about your thought/writing process.
    k dot cherub2011 at gmail dot com

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  16. Love Lori Foster's book. Can't wait to read Run The Risk. Thanks.

    Kidsue99@yahoo.com

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    1. Love lori's books. Especially the men of honor & buckhorn series. Run the risk is a definate read for me. Great pot, love finding out about authors I like. Thanks for the giveaway.
      Christinebails at yahoo dot com

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  17. I have always enjoyed your books and this one sounds like another great story. I especially enjoy law enforcement stories.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  18. Enjoy your books and hearing about the creative process. romantic suspense is really the best genre.

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