Message From The Author
Secret for Success:
The Never-Ending Pursuit of Happiness
"If Lori's not happy, then it's a no-go," Lori Foster half-jokes. But by the evidence mounting on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today bestseller lists, it's hard to argue against her successful philosophy. The author of more than 30 novels, Foster is known as much for deftly crafting steamy romances with a dash of comedy and suspense as she is for being generous, warmhearted and practical.
The abundantly talented Foster knows without a shadow of a doubt how to keep a grip on what makes her happy. She has charted her own course since the mid-90s, and such a prominent career would arguably have hit its share of roadblocks, if it weren't for Foster's unconventional decision making.
"I've always written what I wanted and never targeted the market," she says. "I guess it's back to 'what makes Lori happy' as a personal mantra. If something doesn't sell, I'll write for my own enjoyment if for no other reason. I've done it before and it doesn't frighten me." But so far her writing has been right on target — whether she's aiming for it or not — and readers
are the lucky beneficiaries.
Alpha males and bad boys abound in the wide world of romance, but as Foster demonstrates in her newest book, When Bruce Met Cyn… (Zebra, July), nice guys can win the day and steal the heroine's heart.
Bruce Kelly, twin brother to under-cover agent Bryan from 2003's The Secret Life of Bryan, is a modern knight in shining armor, who has spent most of his life helping those
who are down on their luck.
Luckily for him, he's about to meet his match in a woman who thinks do-gooders are bunk. As far as Cyn Potter is concerned, men are all talk, and she's no longer interested in getting any action. Bruce faces this challenge head on and discovers that even for a perfect gentleman like himself, to err is human.
But in light of an experience she faced with The Secret Life of Bryan, Foster is braced for those who might disagree
with that sentiment. In Bryan's tale,
he posed undercover as his minister
brother and met the love of his life, a reporter posing as a prostitute to investigate a murder mystery. Consequently,
a few readers expressed shock that a
man even pretending to be a man of
God would have "carnal thoughts."
"I took it seriously," Foster admits. "For every one letter or e-mail, I figure there might be a hundred people who feel the same way but just didn't express it. But I have to be true to the characters—and there's that rule again about keeping a certain person happy!"
Foster has upped the ante in Bruce's literary turn. Bruce remains a minister and Cyn is determined to start anew after surviving a tough life on the streets. Instead of pretending to be something they aren't, however, these characters strive throughout to be true to themselves. The sizzle and the obstacles come from good old-fashioned plot twists and their struggles to do the right thing. It's sensual poetry in motion, so to speak.
"Bruce is a nice guy, but he's still a man," Foster adds, "and I don't see the conflict between the two. Why should playboys be the only ones to get the girl, save the day and find happiness?"
While Foster freely assumes risk, she's not immune from fretting over her stories. She is hoping that Bruce will win over skeptics, but if he doesn't, don't expect her to stay down for long. "I just refuse to put anything ahead of what's really important…my family, my furry babies and everything else that makes me happy. I don't live to write. I live, and the writing happens around everything else. I'm very lucky."
With her feet firmly planted on solid ground, Foster seems unfazed
by her success, determined to simply enjoy everything life has to offer. "Writing books is something I do, it isn't who I am," she proclaims.
She has a lot to keep up with, but one thing she will never outpace is the admiration from everyone who comes in contact with her. Says author Rosemary Laurey (aka Madeline Oh), "Lori is an absolutely wonderful human being."
Foster's rule about seeking happiness extends far beyond her own writing success. It was the reason she initiated new writer contests on her website, convincing Kensington's top editor, Kate Duffy, to read the entries (giving back makes her happy); it's the reason she personally answers more than 250 e-mails from fans each day (her readers make her happy). In that case, we want her to be happy, too. And, if the rule works for Lori….
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