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Lori Foster | Surprised by Her Characters


Every author is different in how he/she writes a book, but most fall into one of two main categories - either a plotter or a pantster. I'm a pantster, meaning I write by the seat of my pants. Or in my case it's more precise to say my characters tell a story - in their own sweet time - and I just get it typed up.

It's a tough way to do business because in the real world of publishing, editors want to know what a book will be about long before I've written it. There's a lot of overlap in publishing. For instance, right now DASH OF PERIL is out, BACK TO BUCKHORN, HARD KNOCKS, and NO LIMITS are turned in, and I've just gotten started on writing HOLDING STRONG. Busy, busy!

There's plenty of promo to do on DASH OF PERIL. (Yay, thank you!) I just wrapped up page proofs on the other three. At the same time my editor wants a summary of what HOLDING STRONG will be about, along with character descriptions, so they can start conferring on covers.

All I can tell her about the plot is that it'll end happy. ::grin:: I know what the characters do for a living, and I know what they look like. What I don't know is what problems they'll have and, especially, how they'll work through them.

The #1 surprise for me? That Dash and Margo got together. When I was writing the first book in this series, and then the second book... I had no idea Dash was interested in Margo, and vice versa, until it suddenly happened on the page. Sneaky, sneaky characters.

Twists like that sure keep this job fun!

I wonder if readers can guess some of the other spots in DASH OF PERIL where the characters totally took me by surprise? I don't mind telling you that Dash and Margo *both* proved to be unpredictable!

One commenter will receive a copy of DASH OF PERIL plus a DASH OF PERIL t-shirt.


A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is six feet four inches of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women— to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own....

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side...skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter

Lori Foster also writing as L.L. Foster http://www.lorifoster.com

DASH OF PERIL,Mar 25th, book 4 in the "Love Undercover" series. Sign up for my monthly Newsletter. See book trailer videos on YouTube. Get your FREE Love Undercover wall paper from Lori.




30 comments posted.

Re: Lori Foster | Surprised by Her Characters

this looks really good thanks
(Denise Smith 4:02am April 2, 2014)

The books looks great. Thanks. And I think it must be fun to just go where the characters take you rather than try to force a specific plot on them.
(Pam Howell 9:41am April 2, 2014)

I loved your blog - and the "teasers" for this particular book. It sounds like a great read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:44am April 2, 2014)

After reading the synopsis, it's understandable why you picked the person for the cover to depict Dashiel. The story line sounds like a real edge-of-your-seat page turner, and I wish I had the book in my hot little hands right now!! Congratulations on your latest book, and I'll be looking forward to the other books you mentioned, as well as the one currently half on paper, half in your mind!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:52am April 2, 2014)

This sounds like a book I'd love to read. Thanks so much!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:55am April 2, 2014)

Looks like a great story...and I enjoy it when the characters insist that their stories get told! Thanks for a chance to win a copy!
(Jan Terry 12:10pm April 2, 2014)

Hi Lori! I'm so excited for Dash's story, and I can't wait to read it! Fascinating to know that you're a pantster and that the characters dictates the story to you. And it's wonderful news to hear that you're going to have so many more books for us to look forward to. Thanks for writing all these fabulous stories, I always look forward to reading your books! :-)
(Anita H 12:38pm April 2, 2014)

I can't wait to read Dash's story. I became a fan of yours with the Love Undercover series.
(Carrie Tillman 2:10pm April 2, 2014)

I love twists... it makes it interesting to see what comes about that is unexpected!
(Colleen Conklin 2:42pm April 2, 2014)

I hoping Dashs story is as good as that cover. Yowza! The model looks exactly as I have thought of Dash thru the series.
(Lisa Hutson 3:48pm April 2, 2014)

Love the name, Dash! So clever!
(Susan Coster 3:59pm April 2, 2014)

I'm so impressed that you're a pantster, Lori. That must make the writing process so exciting. LOL I can't wait to read this story and I love the cover.
(Marcy Shuler 6:56pm April 2, 2014)

Love police stories. his loks like a great one!
(Barbara Wells 10:53pm April 2, 2014)

New books, Yeah! I'm glad I'm not the only seat of pants person out there.
(Laura Gullickson 12:42pm April 3, 2014)

Dash of Peril sounds great, I'd love to read about your "sneaky, sneaky characters".
(Jen Barnard 1:31am April 3, 2014)

I cannot wait to read Dash's story! Your books are always so
entertaining and the men of your Love Undercover series are
just fabulous!!
(Ada H. 4:03am April 3, 2014)

My wife loves your books! I know she'd want to read this one!
(Richard Proctor 10:38am April 3, 2014)

I'm hooked on your books! This sounds like another great
(Maria Proctor 10:47am April 3, 2014)

Love this cover! I'm guessing Margo will throw Dash for a loop that he has never known before!
(Sue Galuska 11:59am April 3, 2014)

I love your books and the idea of a man making me lose control is so hot.
There need to be more Dash's in the world. Just reading the blurb I am
(Hillary Kaltenbach 12:46pm April 3, 2014)

Have been hooked on Lori Foster books. Read this and loved it.
(Tina Lechuga 1:14pm April 3, 2014)

Love the title sounds like a great book!
(Denise Austin 1:53pm April 3, 2014)

I love female cops...usually, they are portrayed as rough and tough and win the day...not to mention the man on the force.
(Vennie Martinisi 2:11pm April 3, 2014)

I like unpredictable!
(Denise Holcomb 2:26pm April 3, 2014)

I have not read this book yet. I have ready all the others
but have not gotten to this book of yours.. I look forward to
reading it.
(Tina Ullrich 4:35pm April 3, 2014)

I think that at least some pantsterness is vitally important-
- otherwise it's like reading a scaffold.
(Mary Ann Dimand 7:05pm April 3, 2014)

Can't wait to read this book! I love this series..
(Martha Lawson 9:37pm April 3, 2014)

It's fun when the characters you've read about earlier in the
series are actually unpredictable!
(Diane Sallans 9:53pm April 3, 2014)

Love your books. The excerpt was great. Can't wait to read "Dash of Peril."
(Sharon Extine 1:05am April 4, 2014)

i love all your books & i cannot wait for this one :)
(Daphne Trumps 7:14pm April 15, 2014)

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