Interview with Lori Foster
New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.
Lori is AdC Magazine's April Calendar Girl!
Welcome back Lori,
What is your favorite place to eat?
Other than at home? :-) Olive Garden is a favorite, and so is Longhorn Steak House.
If we're at the lake house (mostly spring and summer) then I love to go to Pizza King where they have the worlds most amazing breadsticks ever - and the pizza is pretty darned good too!
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
My lactose free milk, my fruit juice, and my Aloe Vera juice for my ulcers. :-P
Also lots of condiments, lunch meats, and fresh veggies - as well as my hubby's cheese and yogurts and his tea.
And... we have a drawer for my chocolaty snacks that I like to keep cold. :-)
What do you like to munch on when you are writing?
Carrot sticks, Nabisco 100 calorie snack mix (sooo good!) and Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps.
In the winter, somewhere around midday, I always end up drinking a cup of hot chocolate, too.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away?
Usually the lakehouse. It's so quiet and no one has that number except my kids, my agent and editor. I love the sound of a fishing boat going by with the hum of a trolling motor, or the splash of a fish, or even a speedboat full of people laughing. There are so many birds, and crazy squirrels, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Very peaceful for me!
I also enjoy Hocking Hills a lot. So much to see, and no matter how many times I visit, it still takes my breath away!
Cumberland Falls too, and The Natural Bridge. All can be day trips, or easy one-night stays.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
Only the Annual Reader & Author Get Together. http://lorifoster.com/readerauthor-get-together/ Somehow my schedule gets more hectic every year so I try to restrict my travel and just have a conference here, where I live. Makes it so much easier! :-)
Do you have a critique partner?
Heavens no! I'm far too territorial about my work. An editor I had long ago joked that I don't play well with others - not when it comes to my work.
Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?
Many. Probably too many to name. I believe in limited govt and individual responsibility, and I believe in neighbors helping neighbors, family helping family, and tough love - that is, you help a person until helping becomes a handicap for you both. Then it's time to break away.
I'm a huge supporter of kids and animals. They don't vote, they have no political agenda, they just need care and love and protection.
I've done many "Benefit Books" http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/ where all proceeds go to a wonderful charity.
There's a "local to me" animal shelter that does terrific work. www.AAFPets.com They've been the recipient of a few benefit books now, as well as the Battered Women's Shelter, the Conductive Learning Center, and The One Way Farm.
I've been blessed with a wonderful life, so I like to help where I can - but only where I know my help is being put to good use. That is almost never anything to do with the govt.
Do you plan on having your benefit anthology this year?
Yes! "Animal Attraction" will be out in June, will benefit the no-kill animal shelter "AAF - Animal Adoption Foundation" and it'll include a new Buckhorn brother story. If readers of the Buckhorn books remember Casey's little brother, Shohn, then I they'll enjoy reading his grown-up romance. http://lorifoster.com/connected-books/#buckhorn
Something silly you have done …
Hmmm... I'm such a cautious person I don't really do silly things. I mean, I mess up all the time, but never in a fun-to-laugh-about way. When I was younger I went to a male strip show with my sister and some other ladies. It was pretty silly - especially when the guy dancing realized I was the "shy" one and so he focused on me. He literally got up on our very small table and was gyrating - in a thong - in front of my face. I had his knees at either side of my ears! I panicked and shoved him back - and he landed, gyrating hips and all, in my sister's lap.
She later thanked me. :-)
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
I recently finished up a story for Rowdy, the 3rd book in my "Love Undercover" series.
Logan, in "Run the Risk," has already been out.
Reese, in "Bare it All," will be out April 30th. (Sooo anxious! Hoping readers will like the story!)
Rowdy, in "Getting Rowdy," will be out Sept. 24th.
Now I'm working on Dash's book - no title yet - and it'll hit shelves around April/May 2014.
Then I plan to start a new series, launching with a fabulous sexy character you meet in the "Love Undercover" series. That is, I think he's fabulous and sexy. :-)
Do you listen to music while you write?
Always! I have a playlist of 115 songs that I play - loudly - while I'm writing. Many of the songs are Kid Rock and KORN, but I have a big variety.
Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with?
Timothy Olyphant! I don't want to get naughty with anyone (been married almost 35 years) but I would SOOOO love to meet him. He's my favorite actor, and I especially love him in Justified (playing now) and Deadwood, which ended. :-( My fave movie with him was "A Perfect Get Away." Soooo good.
My fave female actress is Emma Stone. She's an amazing actress and is just too adorable
What book are you reading now?
The Best Man by Kristin Higgins. I have it on my iPad so I can read while doing the treadmill. Takes me long to read that way, but motivates me to use the treadmill, so it's a good trade off
Any new authors who have caught your interest?
Katie McGarry! She's amazing! LOVED "Pushing the Limits" and "Dare You To," and really enjoyed her novella, "Crossing the Line." I can't wait for the next one. :-)
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
Stop expecting things to happen overnight. Stop trying to take shortcuts. And seriously, when online at say FB or Twitter, remember that you aren't sitting with your best friend chatting. It does matter if you drop F bombs every other word and if you call your writing smut and if you tout yourself too much.
I'm old, and I'm old school. To me, manners and a little humility still matter. ;-)
What would you like to say to your readers?
I appreciate you more than you can know. Never, ever did I expect to be this successful. My life had been happily mapped out as a wife and a mom and that was such an amazing blessing. Then I got the writing bug and I got to dive into this gig too, and it's just the icing on the cake. To be able to create characters and stories that I love - only to find out that readers love them too... well, I don't know how I got so lucky. I will never take it for granted, and I will always be grateful that readers are so wonderfully supportive. Thank you.
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