Interview with Lori Leger

What do your fans mean to you?
The opinions and admiration of my fans/readers mean more to me than making a sale. In an age where sex sells, I've chosen to tone it down considerably in my books, as I do the profanity. Although my books are far from "inspirational", they aren't erotica, either and only contain mild profanity in small doses and only as the characters see fit. I always hear my mom asking me, "Is all that really necessary to the plot of a good book?" In my opinion, as well as my mom's, may she rest in peace, it is not. It may be an unpopular stance, but it's one I take seriously.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel to Running Out Of Rain, in between reviewing for InD'tale magazine.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robyn Carr is up there with her Virgin River series. I still count meeting her at RWA in Orlando a few years back as a highlight. I was first in line at the Literacy Book Signing. I also met, and spoke extensively with Debbie Macomber, who told me she adored my Louisiana accent. My mother was so impressed! I'm a huge fan of Karen Marine Moning's Fever series, as well as J.R. Ward's Black Dagger series. For romance, nobody does it better than Lisa Kleypas, and I adore the contemporary cowboys of Catherine Anderson and Linda Lael Miller. More but too many to name.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Providing a semi-clean and functioning home for my husband inspires me to get up and get moving. Writing can be all-consuming at times, but housework waits for no woman! Besides that, our horde of children and grandchildren live nearby and someone's always dropping in, therefore it isn't practical to stay in bed all day in the jammies. Other than that, I'm extremely comfortable working in bed with my laptop.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Editing, formatting, publishing, updating website, promoting my own work, cover you see a pattern? Occasionally I get out for a little shopping, or stay in to babysit grandkids. My hubs and I love going to the movies. It's kind of our thing. Once a month, I meet with a great group of ladies for book club. We eat fabulous grub, drink wine, vent, laugh, and yes, even discuss the books we've read over the past month.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through our book club, and other authors. Now I review for an online review magazine, and am beginning to read outside of my "box". So far, it's been a great experience.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first story I tried to write and didn't finish. I think I got ten pages typed up. The first complete story I wrote is Some Day Somebody, Book One of my La Fleur de Love series.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and write a very simple outline of a storyline or idea. I start up a file on character development, both physical and emotional until they become real to me. Then I write. I'm not a plotter. I have a goal for each character and most times give them free reign to find their own way. Sometimes they get a little lost and I have to sit down and plot something out. First draft, edit, edit, edit more, send to critique partners (other authors, readers, and book club friends) more editing and rewriting. It's a long process. When you hear authors say "it takes a village" they're not kidding!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mom taught me to read when I was four. I remember sitting in her lap after she put my younger siblings down for their naps. She taught me how to phonetically sound out the letters. Every day I'd make her start over in the book and I'd try to read it. Every day we'd get to the same spot before we'd get interrupted or I'd want to stop. My mom figured I'd just memorized the book up until then. But one day, I read the entire thing and she realized I was actually reading it. I have no idea what the story was but it made me feel as though I had accomplished something wonderful in my mother's eyes. When I was in the third grade, my big sister, Andrea (we call her Kitty), who was already married and out of the house, gave me a book called 365 Bedtime Stories. It was meant to last a year, reading one each night. I read one, then another, then another, and then my sister, Shelley, whom I shared the bed, gave me a flashlight to read under the covers so she could get some sleep. I devoured the entire book in three or four days. I had my first episode with binge reading at 8 years old. So I have my mom and two older sisters to thank for instilling my love of reading.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My android phone's Kindle app. I'll probably go blind from that thing, but it keeps the light down to a minimum so I don't disturb the hubs. I can't go to sleep unless I read.
Published 2015-06-11.
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Books by This Author

Full Circle Love (A Four Part Anthology of Cat & Zach Stories)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,010. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A 4-part anthology about Cathryn and Zachary, two friends who discover that, despite friendship pacts and twelve year attempts to disregard them, some feelings remain undeniable. Read about their struggles through thick and thin. These are four separate short stories with a progressional timeline, about two characters. The stories are taken from four books in the Seasons of Love Anthology series.