Lori Sizemore (Author Interview)
Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio.
I’m a sucker for animals. All of my pets (two dogs and a cat) were rescues. My cat was discovered in the middle of the street. I stopped right there, picked her up and took her to the side of the road. She kept following me back into the road, so I took her home. My husband had issued empty threats about leaving if I brought home another animal, but he chose to stay and Farrah Pawcett adores him. More than me, who saved her.
What inspired you to write romance fiction?
I adore happy endings. I love the idea of finding that one person who loves you with all your faults and helps you become better at being you.
Do you make up settings or use real places and why?
I like to make up places because it’s easier not to make mistakes that way. Infamous is set in New York because my editor insisted it would make more sense to readers that way (and she was right). Rachel Kelly (that’s my editor) was instrumental in helping research New York, a place I’ve never been.
How much are your characters like you and in what way?
I’d say a lot of my characters flaws and quirks come from me and my experiences. Justine (from Infamous) has panic attacks, which I have firsthand experience with. I have a character in a book I plan to write later next year whose father has OCD. My work in mental health was a huge help in showing how difficult that is for him and his daughter, the heroine.
Do you have any plans to branch out into other genres?
I have a finished trilogy set in 1958 Las Vegas. I didn’t choose to write in a different era, the stories literally chose me. They just came to me, and wouldn’t shut up until they were written. I hope to publish at least the first one in 2017.
Justine Montgomery, daughter of a divorced beauty queen and TV magnate, is a tabloid disaster after her infamous sex tape. She’s so desperate to help save her family’s home she turns to her deal-making dad. Can she prove to him she’s cut out for a career in television or will she lose it all?
Sawyer has his own past and a successful career is his only goal. Seeing Justine fail would mean the promotion of a lifetime, but things get complicated when he develops feelings for her. Suddenly, the lines between work, life, sex, and love are blurry.
They will have to overcome the bitterness of a rejected ex, the controlling actions of her father, and the half-truths they’re telling one another to forge a lasting partnership both on the job and off the clock.
She tangled her fingers through the hair that covered her face and pushed it away. Next thing he knew, she’d wrapped her arms around his waist.
“Justine? Um… what are you doing?”
“I’m hugging you. Taking emotional comfort.”
“Like a leech.”
“Haven’t you ever hugged before?”
“I’ve never hugged anyone I wasn’t going to have sex with.”
“We’re not having sex.” She squeezed him tighter and rested her head on his shoulder. “Hug me back.”
Sawyer lifted his arms and wrapped them around her, his hands cupping her shoulders, pulling her closer. He dropped his head to rest on hers, and parts of him, so deep he couldn’t name them, pulled free and demanded his attention. Her hair smelled like fruit, the kind kids eat in the summer, juice dripping down their chins. “I’m fine with the hugging, but, just saying, I’m not responsible for any physical reaction hugging may induce.”
“Okay.” The word drifted out of her on a sigh.
He wasn’t equipped for this. There hadn’t been a lot of touching growing up, at least not the kind that didn’t end in a busted lip or a cracked rib. As an adult, there’d been lots of touching. But, not like this. The tighter he held her, the closer he wanted to be.