Interview with Kari Lemor, Author of Wild Card Undercover

Today, we’re talking with Kari Lemor, author of Wild Card Undercover, which debuted on March 7. This novel is the first in her ‘Love on the Line’ romantic suspense series.

Please describe what the story is about.

An undercover FBI agent enlists the help of a cocktail waitress to get evidence on her boss. They pretend to be lovers to keep her safe but the hot kisses and caresses may be more dangerous than the case.

Share a teaser sentence or two from your novel.

He threw her a crooked smile. “All part of the undercover assignment, sweetie.”

She groaned. “Do I have to call you some stupid, sappy nickname, too?”

What do you want people to know about your book?  

In a workshop by Deb Dixon we had to break down our plot. Mine was: “A girl leaves home to find something better and gets stuck in a much worse place. She gets help from a powerful man but he wants something from her first. She realizes home wasn’t so bad after all.”  I realized I had rewritten The Wizard of OZ!!

What did you learn about yourself while writing this novel? 

That I really need to do more plotting before I start writing.  This book was majorly revised quite a few times before it was accepted for publication.

What was your timeline from drafting to publication? 

I started writing the story in Dec. 2012. I finished what I thought was my final draft in the spring of 2013. It got sent to a few places and rejected several times, luckily with feedback.  I revised and submitted a few more times and finally heard in Jan. of 2015 that Kensington had moved my story up the ladder. In April 2015, I heard it had gone to acquisitions and in May I got the “call”.  BUT, they wanted a series. So I wrote up a proposal for two more books in the series and waited some more.  It wasn’t until Jan 2016 that I got my contract for three books from Kensington Lyrical and was told my book would be in the Underground line (for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense)

What is your favorite part of writing (drafting characters, making up scenes, plotting, developing emotional turning points, etc). Why?  

I love brainstorming characters and ideas with my amazing Critique Partner. She has great thoughts and always makes me think about why my characters are doing something. And I absolutely love sitting at the computer and letting my characters just take control. So often they show me sides of themselves that I never knew about.

Briefly, where did the idea for your book come from? 

I had a dream of the first scene. When I woke up I was curious as to why this situation was happening so I started creating a reason for the characters to have done what they did. The story just flowed from there.

When do you do your best thinking about your work in progress? 

I think about my current book all the time. Of course, most of the really great ideas come to me when I’m either driving or just about to fall asleep. I actually keep a small notepad next to my bed with a pencil. And I’ve learned how to write in the dark so I don’t wake up hubby.

Share something people may be surprised to know about you?  

I used to hate writing. I didn’t even start writing until maybe ten years ago and then only for fun. But I’d always had stories floating around in my head while trying to go to sleep. Recently some friends encouraged me to put them down on paper.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten? 

Best piece of writing advice: Make sure to vary your scenes. Even if you are writing suspense, you can’t have every scene be intense and dramatic. The reader needs time to calm down and reboot.  Plus, if every scene is all about danger, it gets stale and the next dramatic scene won’t have as great an impact. Same with too many sex scenes. After a while they all blend together.  Make each one important and meaningful.

What’s next? 

WILD CARD UNDERCOVER is the first in a series.  The second book, RUNNING TARGET is being released on July 4, 2017 and is already available for pre-order on all major sites. Book three, FATAL EVIDENCE, will be out in December of 2017.
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 Kari Lemor – WILD CARD UNDERCOVER

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