Guest Post: ‘Drive by fruiting’, explained by Lorie Austin + GIVEAWAYS!

We watch a lot of movies at my house. So my boys have always peppered their dialogue with movie quotes. They probably got it from me.

For instance, when their dad would call they’d say: “Mom, it’s our father. Come to the dark side, you knob.” As anyone familiar with “the Great White North” knows, this is a quote (or close enough) from Strange Brew.

When the boys would tussle as boys do, they would often say, “My name is Inigo Montoya. Prepare to die!” (Princess Bride)

If anyone expresses concern over doing something that they think they might fail at, my response is: “Hell, the fall’ll probably kill ya.” (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) In other words, jump! It’ll all work out in the end. Except . . .

I’d avoid Bolivia.

My purpose in bringing up movie quotes is that recently I finished AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND, Book #2 in my “Once Upon a Time in the West” historical romance series and moved on to Book #3. When I thought about how I’d decided on the hero for Book #2, I heard Robin Williams, in all of his Mrs. Doubtfire glory, shouting “It was a drive by fruiting!”

In Book # 1 of the Once Upon a Time in the West series, BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER (October 2012), a former army surgeon makes a brief appearance, but he left a big impression. I couldn’t stop thinking about him. It was as if I’d been hit on the head with fruit! Hey, see me! Give me a book! So, in AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND, Dr. Ethan Walsh gets his wish.

I started to think about other books I’d read where a “drive by fruiting” occurred–those books where a character made a brief appearance and then I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Sometimes these characters received their own book later, and sometimes they did not–or at least they haven’t yet.

I’ve always been a fan of Jane Eyre–this was probably the first romance I ever read. So when I saw that a book had been written from the point of view of Rochester’s mad wife, I was intrigued. If you are too, you can check out Jane Rhys WIDE SARGASSO SEA.

And while I wouldn’t exactly call The Wicked Witch a “drive by” in THE WIZARD OF OZ (maybe a fly by) she does get her own story in WICKED.

Lisa Kleypas gave Derek Craven, a cockney gambling club owner in THEN CAME YOU, his own book. Derek was definitely a drive by character who needed his own story.

And in AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND, there’s a character everyone thinks is dead. But as he did some pretty amazing things before he “died,” Luke Phelan gets his own book. Apparently, he was NOT killed by Indians. Stay tuned for his story in January, 2014.



Have you ever been the victim of a “drive by fruiting” while reading a novel? What character would you love to see get his or her own book?

I’ll be giving away three e-book copies of my Civil War era novella “When Morning Comes” to three random commenters from today’s blog. WINNERS ANNOUNCED in the post – conrats ladies!!



About the author:lori handeland
Lori Handeland is a New York Times, USA Today, Waldenbooks and Bookscan Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal (BLUE MOON) and Best Long Contemporary Romance (THE MOMMY QUEST), a Romantic Times Award for Best Harlequin Superromance (A SOLDIER’S QUEST), the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, the Write Touch Readers Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Prism Award.

Lori is published world wide in several genres–historical, contemporary, series and paranormal romance, as well as urban fantasy and historical fantasy–by such publishers as: Dorchester, Kensington, Harlequin, St. Martin’s Press, Harper-Collins, Simon and Schuster and Penguin/Putnam.

She also publishes gritty, sexy western historical romance under the name Lori Austin.

Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at LHANDEL120@aol.com.


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