Message From The Author

Lori Foster

Book Title: RUN THE RISK
Genre: General Romantic Suspense, Romantic Suspense

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Author's Message

When it comes to questions about how I write, I often feel like a complete mental slug. Folks ask me about my synopses, my rough drafts, how I figure out the plots...

And honestly...I don’t.  My editor is great about understanding that I can’t tell her what the book will be about until it’s done. My best guess? There’ll be a hero and heroine, some laughs, some sex, a conflict and a “happy ever after.” But the details… I don’t know those until I write it.

For me, it is such a simple process—which isn’t to say it’s easy! I put in more than sixty hours on an average week. And when I should be sleeping, streams of dialogue run through my head—which requires me to jot it down on a notepad so I can incorporate it into the story the next day.

Once the writing is complete, I still have to go over line edits, copy edits, read that last draft, do tons of promo and fun stuff like giveaways on Facebook or Twitter.

But plotting? Not me.

My process is embarrassingly simple. I trust my muse. She hasn’t really steered me wrong yet, and it’s so much easier to let her take control than for me to try to wrest the reins.

I get an idea. Sometimes I know where that idea comes from. Sometimes I don’t. More often than not the idea happens when I’m already working on another book. It’ll be a kernel that slowly grows into an opening scene.

I see the hero and the heroine and some sort of conflict. I’d say ninety percent of the time that first scene is in the hero’s point of view. Guess I like heroes, huh?

I start to write, to get that opening scene on paper so that it’s just like what I saw in my head. From that point, the characters take over. THEY tell me how the conflict will grow, how it will get resolved and what will happen along the way.

Obviously I have to do research. In Run The Risk, the hero decided to go into the police station. But...I had no idea how detectives did that. Do they have a special place to park? What do they see when they first walk in? I have to figure out all that so I can let my character do what he wants and still have the story be accurate.

Because my muse tends to run at mach speed, I keep a character sheet. When a character pops up, I write down his/her name, hair/eye color, height, age.... When I write multi-book series, I end up with a whole file of sheets, from the protagonists to every secondary character. It’s important that I keep that info straight because, far too often, those secondary characters decide that they, too, have a story to tell me.

And then the process starts all over again. It’s truly not planned. But luckily for me, it is pretty darned consistent!

- Lori Foster

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