This author spotlight features bestselling and award-winning writer (and mother of SIX!) Melissa Foster, who lives in Maryland.
Melissa is the author of COME BACK TO ME (see above), CHASING AMANDA
and MEGAN'S WAY (which is being adapted to film)
1.How did you get into writing?
I’m an odd duck. I wasn’t one of those kids who carried around a notebook and pencil. I was a major tomboy, with little time for slowing down. When I was in my early twenties, I felt the pull to write—it was so strong, that from that moment on, it’s what I craved.
2.What do you like best (or least) about writing?
What I like best about writing is that I never bore of the craft. One is never perfect at writing, or marketing, therefore, I’m always learning and trying to make things better and do things differently. What could be better than climbing into your imagination and bringing pretend people to life? There are so many paths to follow—it’s so exciting!
3.What is your writing process? IE do you outline? Do you stick to a daily word or page count, write 7 days a week, etc?
I’m a total pantzer, but I’m trying to change that. I usually work from an idea and a white board, and during the writing process, I make a storyboard and work from that. I usually develop an outline near the end of my writing process. Weird, I know. My editor is not pleased with that aspect of my writing, but I’m like a rebellious child—try to get me to follow the common path and I’ll head for the woods instead.
4.Who are some other writers you read and admire, regardless of whether they are commercially “successful?”
There are so many! Commercially successful, Stephen King. Although I don’t care for all of his details (sometimes), he’s brilliant, and creative, and has endless scary thoughts. I admire Lisa See’s ability to write about different cultures, and I admire Abraham Verghese’s eloquent writing style and his impeccable ability to create unique and vibrant characters. I admire anyone who writes, no matter if they’re published or how they’re published, whether it’s a work of beauty or a rough draft. Writing is a difficult process. As my son once told me, “It’s hard enough to write a paragraph, much less 300 pages.”
5.Should the question mark in the above question be inside or outside the quotes?
Outside (I called my editor to make sure I was right, lol).
6.What’s your stance on the Oxford Comma?
I don’t discuss commas. They always get me in trouble.
7.What is your book COME BACK TO ME about and how did it come to fruition?
COME BACK TO ME came to me the summer before my husband was to be sent to Iraq. I let my mind wander—what would happen if he didn’t come back, what if something happened to me while he was gone, how would I feel if I couldn’t talk to him. It all stemmed from what was to be, and was written while he was overseas.
8.What’s your current writing project?
I’m working on a psychological thriller/suspense titled THIRTY-SIX HOURS (working title). Here’s a brief intro:
Kara Knight has just thirty-six hours to find her way out of her obsessive captor's delusional world. Mistaken for Roland Greer's long-lost fraternal twin, Kara struggles to make sense in the darkness that envelops her, and plan her escape, as the hours tick away and Roland Greer plays out his plan. In thirty-six hours, at the exact moment of their birth, he will take them both into death--never to be separated again.
THIRTY-SIX HOURS is a psychological thriller that will make you question your every memory.
9.What book(s) are you currently reading?
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, and Out of Breath by Susan Salluce
10.Who or what inspires your writing?
Life inspires my writing, fear drives it.
Finally, is there anything you’d care to add? Please also include where people can read your published stories, buy your book, etc.
MEGAN'S WAY is about 18 mos from production right now. I was referred to the director by a wonderful friend in the theater realm. I met the director, we hit it off, and voila! We're on our way.
My books are all available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
Thank you, Ryan, for inviting me to be your guest today. I’ve enjoyed our chat very much.
You're quite welcome, Melissa. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your work and story with us.
Read on for more information about Melissa and follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Melissa_Foster
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels, Megan's Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, and anthology. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Cafe, a cross-promotional site for authors, reviewers, bloggers, and readers. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan's Way.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
A portion of Melissa's book revenue is donated to Provincetown Cares.
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women's Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women's Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader's Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda
COME BACK TO ME
Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post
PUBLISHER'S MARKETPLACE: Melissa Foster
Member: Maryland Writers' Association
Member: Independent Author Network
Member: RABMAD, Read a Book Make a Difference.
An impressive resume, Melissa!