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Lori Sizemore grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and never quite managed to escape them. Lori lives at home with her husband of twenty-plus years and two of her three daughters. She also lives with two dogs, a cat, and five hermit crabs. Yes, five of them. This menagerie and her family keep her busy.
She worked in mental health as a social worker for ten years before making the choice to write full-time.
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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.
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Does your book have a moral?
Family is everything. Justine and Sawyer both have family issues, but at the end of the day, they both discover that family is the most important thing a person can have.
Are you working on another novel?
Yes! I’m working on the next book in the Infamous series. It’s tentatively titled Unexpected. It’s the story of Veronica (Sawyer’s sassy secretary) and Cole Reynolds (who we met briefly in Infamous—you’ll just have to wait to see how he relates to the original characters). The first draft is complete and I’m hopeful it will be released in late 2017.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Both, I think. I go into a story with full character interviews and information sheets and a complete outline. That said, my characters often take me on detours. As long as I see the outline as a map, with certain road stops I need to make (turning points) then I can follow them when they decide to take a side road. Eventually, we’ll end up at our destination and the story is richer because the characters get to drive the plot.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
I have this horrible but handy talent of being able to insult someone without them realizing they’ve been insulted. It’s like a terrible superpower I don’t bring it out very often. I like to think people walk away thinking, “Did she just insult me or am I crazy?” The answer is, “Yes, to both.”
It comes down to my mantra of life, to stay above the drama and be true to myself: stay classy.
Do consider yourself to be a successful writer? If so, why?
Yes! I write every day, regardless of what I have going on or how I feel. I usually also edit, critique other’s work in exchange for critiques of my own work, and do marketing tasks. I treat writing as my full-time job. There’s a common saying in our field: writer’s write. That’s how I measure my success.
I can’t control how many books I sell or whether everyone will love what I write. I can show up to write every day, try to output quality writing, and stay true to who I am as a writer.
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