Thursday, February 01, 2007

Ask Five with....LORI FOSTER!!!

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I am honored to have the fabulously talented (and New York Times bestselling) author Lori Foster as my Ask Five participant. Lori is a warm, generous person and a lady who’s creative mind is always working. Get to know a little more about Lori Foster:

1. What is the title of your latest release and what's it about?


The title is easy enough: Causing Havoc. What's it about? Well, um...Patti, you know I'm not good at synopsizing. The blurb says: Sports combat fighter Dean “Havoc” Connor hasn’t seen his sisters since their parents died and he was forced to move away. That was 20 long years ago. A letter begging him to come home from his sister Camille peaks his curiosity, but Dean has no interest in repairing broken family ties…or does he? Cam is thrilled to see her big brother and younger sister Jacki is intrigued. But the one who’s most interested in Dean is Cam’s best friend Eve, who’s primed and ready to sample his super-hot bod. Before they have a chance to do the wild thing, though, Dean learns of Cam’s involvement in a bad relationship. Putting family first, Dean does whatever it takes to keep Cam safe from her abusive beau. Will he also discover how truly precious family is…and that he’s ready to start his own?

I suppose I'll add that Dean is a mma fighter ala the UFC. (I call my fighting organization the SBC.) The book is very much about family, responsibility, honor and yup, romance. :-)

2. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

I have NO idea. They just sort of pop into my head, I suppose inspired by things I see and hear. The stories all start with a character, usually the hero, and from there they just evolve until I have his background and plans for his future, etc... A heroine pops up. Complications arise. A story is born. I don't plan out my stories. I just let them write themselves. Sounds crazy, but that's pretty much how it happens.

3. How do you stay motivated?

I'm lucky in that I don't have to work at it. I've always been motivated. I'm one of those people that if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do the best I can, and I want it done yesterday. It helps a lot that my husband and sons are so supportive and proud and they encourage me a lot. Being organized is also a benefit. I've always been a daydreamer, so there are always stories in my head, anxious to be written. And all the wonderful readers really make writing fun. Readers are the "icing on the cake" for me.

4. What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I LOVE movies, and go at least once a week, sometimes twice when time permits. (Occasionally there isn't a movie I want to see, and that's always a bummer.) And I love the UFC and Pride. In March I'll be going to my first live UFC event and I can't wait. Very exciting stuff! I see most of the UFC and Pride on rentals and pay-per-view.
I enjoy drawing and painting, and being outdoors, so my husband and I (and whichever of our sons are available) go to parks and recreation areas a lot for weekend trips or just for the day to walk. We love Hocking Hills, and any caves within driving distance.

5. What's coming up in the future for you?


I have a lot of reissues out this year, and 3 new releases, and (ta dum!) my first book under the pseudonym L. L. Foster. My line up goes like this:

Feb - Causing Havoc, Berkley single title (new)
Mar - Sawyer, Morgan, Gabe, Jordan (reissues from Hq)
July - Simon Says, Berkley single title (new)
Sept - Enticing: Casey and Caught in the Act (reissue as a 2 in 1 from
Hq)
Oct - I'm Your Santa, Kensington anthology
Oct - Servant: The Awakening, by L.L. Foster, Berkley single title (not a
romance, but has romance in it.)

I'm also working on a recipe book created with donated recipes from authors and a few readers. It'll be available from my site and at my June event, the "Reader and Author Get Together." (Information on my website under community.)
This is a fundraiser to enable us to send nice packages to the troops.

And believe it or not, I really am cutting back! Next year I won't have anywhere near that many new releases. I don't think. Probably not. :-/

I WILL cut back in 07!

Big hugs to everyone!


You can learn more about Lori and her books by visiting her website at www.lorifoster.com

12 comments:

Qua said...

Take 5's are always interesting and affords one the opportunity to get to know the author...

I can't wait for CH to come out since it's the last book I can purchase until next month, so I am anxiously awaiting it

I like what the book will focus on, those values are what makes romance books the best

Your inspiration is our anticipation!

Have fun when you go to your first UFC event!

YAY Simon Says is going to be a single title? I'll definitely save up for that!

Can't wait to hear about you new pseudonym L. L. Foster as well as the book that will be released under the name

Kelley said...

Hi Lori!!!

I can't wait for Causing Havoc. Even though I'v read it, I'll be buying it as soon as it come out. Loved Dean!!

I bet your excited for your UFC fight. Thats so cool. I didn't know you were going.

Lastly, love the cookbook idea and can't wait read an L.L. Foster book.

LeeAnn said...

Excellent interview!
I would also like to say Hey Lori!LeeAnn here, yes you know who this is..lol.. and can't wait for Simon Says...what he will say is worth waiting for I think..lol
I have enjoyed all of Lori's books and look forward to many more. I also love to read the interviews she gives. Very open, honest and funny .
Keep up the great work.

Lori Foster said...

Ladies, you came to visit! BLess you. LOL
And as always, thanks for the support. I'm so anxious for CH to hit shelves and to see what readers think... Oh the stress. LOL

HUGS!

Lori

kim said...

hi lori
love your books. can't wait for this. How are you? hope to see u at wrchat

Cryna said...

Lori - Looking forward to your upcoming releases.....love your books.

Lori Foster said...

Hey Kim, I'll watch for you at the chat! Thanks. I'm doing great, just super busy, natch. I try to slow down, but it never seems to work! LOL

Hey there, Cryna. Thanks so much!
HUgs,

Lori

Judy F said...

HI Lori, I hope Causing Havoc does great for you. It was an awesome book.

Hopefully will see you on the 10th

LuAnn McLane said...

Hey Lori I found out last night that a girlfriend of mine is a big UFC fan so I told her about Causing Havoc. I think that there are a lot of women into this intense sport!

I can't wait for the Reader Get Together.

Patti great interview!

Lisa F. said...

I'm looking forward to Tuesday. Several great books coming out on the 6th, CH being one of them.

Mimmi said...

Hey, Lori, great interview!! I can't wait to read Causing Havoc~~you know I LOVE all your books!! Glad you're going to slow down and enjoy other things, more. I hate for the book flow to slow down, but you're such a sweetie, I don't want your family to miss out on you cause you're entertaining us!!
Hugs, and take care!!

Anonymous said...

Michelle Marquis
Professor Vazquez
Sociology 121

Photo Essay Project

While the United States may rank among the wealthiest nations in the world, many Americans are living in poverty. In fact, in the past two decades not only are more Americans living in poverty but the gap between the rich and the poor has actually widened. As it appears to be an ever expanding problem, I have chosen to do my photo essay project on poverty in the United States. Being that poverty is a social problem that effects the economics of a society as a whole I am very intrigued and interested in the idea of alternative policies that can be implemented to mend the inequalities of poverty. Through studying how poverty both affects and is affected by housing, employment, medical care and other resources such as food, I am specifically interested in focusing on who poverty tends to affect and what greater social problems are affected by poverty.
Poverty can be defined in a variety of ways and therefore in order to know who exactly poverty effects the term must be defined. What is poverty? Poverty can be defined in a variety of ways but is technically defined by the Census Bureau’s consumer price index which states the poverty line. However it can be interpreted to mean bare subsistence, or as any standard of living that is below the national average. With that being said, it is important to know that the American society is divided into five main classes: the upper class, the upper-middle class, the middle class, the working class and the poor. With minimum wages set at an all time low in relation to a livable wage, it is not uncommon for those not only poor but also in the working class to live in poverty. Who does poverty affect?
Roughly 25 million people live below the official poverty line. Such people include children, elderly people, single mothers, ill or disabled individuals, as well as students. A large proportion of the poor are children, mainly those from single-parent families. Single-parent families in poverty tend to be headed more frequently by women. Sexism, gender inequality, present in the workforce contributes to why more women live in poverty in comparison to men. Despite women's increased education and participation in the waged labor market, females employed full-time, full-year, with education attainment similar to that of males, still obtain work in different types of jobs and at lower rates of pay. Female's higher risk of poverty are caused from gender wage inequality and low-wage occupational sex-segregation. Furthermore, despite stereotypes of people in poverty being lazy, many people in poverty work either full or part time at poverty-level wages. Many of the people in poverty tend to be racial minorities such as African Americans and Native Americans. These people are restricted and confined to ghettos, reservations, or other rural areas. Poor people living in rural areas may commonly include migrant workers and farmers.
While the U.S. has a long history of trying to redistribute the wealth through taxation, it is through such policies that more opportunities are given for the rich to get richer than to actually help those in poverty. Alternative proposals for aiding the problems associated with poverty include modifying the earned income tax credit for those that work in low-wage jobs. This would ideally allow single mothers to work part time while receiving supplemental welfare payments. Furthermore another idea to help alleviate the single mother poverty problems would be to reform the child-support system so that fathers are just as accountable financially for the support of their children. For those that are not from single family homes, new reforms could be created allowing people to pursue higher education, work part time while still receiving various forms of government aid. The structure of society as it stands today makes it very difficult for someone to get out of poverty and make progress in obtaining higher education or a degree. With having to cut back work hours and still not qualify for certain aid, often times there is little incentive to attempt to go back to school or improve ones skills and education level. Education, housing, medical care and food are all resources that are fundamental in allowing someone in poverty to make their way out.



Works Cited

Gardner, Paul. "Middle Class Dreams." Policy Studies Journal 25.n1 (Spring 1997): 177(6).

Iceland, John. "One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All.(Book Review)." Social Forces 83.1 (Sept 2004): 439(2).

Kornblum, William, and Julian, Jospeh. Social Problems: Twelfth Edition. New Jersey: Pearson, 2007.

Lichtenwalter, Sara. "Gender poverty disparity in US cities: evidence exonerating female-headed families." Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 32.2 (June 2005): 75(22).

O'Boyle, Edward J. "Toward an improved definition of poverty.(Symposium on the Extent of Poverty in the United States)." Review of Social Economy 57.3 (Sept 1999): 281(2).