Author Kari Lemor lives and breathes romance, having fallen in love with romance novels since reading her first one at age 12. Kari was a Golden Rose finalist in 2013, and now spends all her spare time writing happy endings for her characters.
Your new book, Wild Card Undercover, is out now. What was the inspiration for the story?
The idea for this story started in a dream. Just the first scene really but I was so intrigued by what was going on that I stayed in bed and tried to figure out why the characters were doing what they were doing. The rest simply developed from there.
When did you start writing and what was the catalyst?
I always hated writing in school so the fact I love it now is surprising. I’ve always had stories in my head for as long as I could remember though. Many of them were merely my own episodes of shows I had watched. About ten years ago I came across fan fiction and realized much of what I had done in my head was this. So I started writing my own. I became quite popular and suddenly had thousands of people reading and reviewing my stories. That’s how I learned my craft. My daughter encouraged me to write something original and since I had quite a few of those stories floating around as well, I did.
If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?
Hmm, I put my characters through too much danger and torture to ever want to be any of them. In the Love on the Line series anyway. Although Heather Silva, the heroine in book #3, Fatal Evidence doesn’t have it too bad. She’s from a wealthy family and is a successful real estate agent. And she ends up with this gorgeous guy who looks amazing in Carhartts and smells like sawdust.
What place would you most like to visit?
Any place warm and sunny near the ocean. Greece always looks like it would be an amazing place to visit. Especially after watching Peirce Brosnan in Mama Mia. I do have a soft spot for him.
What is your favourite genre to read?
Romance, of course. As a sub-genre I like romantic suspense due to the danger elements however I prefer light suspense (which is unsurprisingly what I write). I’m not a huge fan of the 3 day run-for-your-life romance mostly because it’s hard for me to truly believe that these two people will live Happily Ever After. Perhaps they will, but how can they know after three adrenaline-filled days of hot monkey sex. Share a bathroom for a few weeks and then we’ll talk.
About: Wild Card Undercover
All that glitters in Miami is not gold . . .
Lured in by a bad ex-boyfriend and the moonlight of Miami, Meg O’Hara is trapped in a nightmare situation, waiting tables for a crime boss and fearing for her life. When undercover FBI agent Christopher Shaunessy offers her a way out, she seizes it. Getting the goods on Salazar Moreno might not be easy, but she’ll do anything to be freed from her servitude and Moreno’s sexual advances, even if it means moving in with the charismatic agent.
Chris Shaunessy pretends to be Meg’s lover in order to keep her safe, but he steels his heart against further involvement. Passion has no place in the sordid world of organized crime. And yet, the closer they get to cracking the case, the stronger his feelings for the spirited waitress shine. It’s a dangerous game he’s playing, and taking Meg in his arms for real could prove a fatal misstep . . .
Buy it here: Kensington Books