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An interview and review from down under

Posted on: October 18, 2012

I woke up this morning to a wonderful surprise. Diane from New Zealand, on her blog  Writer and Dreamer at Work , posted an interview with me and a very flattering review of Amanda in England-The Missing Novel.  I was attracted initially to Diane’s blog because she is a writer and a dreamer, like me. She writes very good children’s book reviews. In fact  her review of Herbert the Brave Sea Dog  prompted me to purchase the book for my grandson.

Meet Darlene Foster – Author of the Amanda Series

I would like very much to introduce to you a lovely friend and fellow writer/dreamer Darlene Foster, an author of the Chapter book series, Amanda in Arabia, Amanda in Spain, and the new, Amanda in England.

Darlene is a published children’s author, an employment coach/facilitator, an ESL tutor, a wife, mother and grandmother. Like me, she loves travel, shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach and making new friends. Her grandson calls her “super-mega-as woman-supreme”. She was brought up on a ranch in Southern Alberta, where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting new people. She lives on the West Coast of BC with her husband Paul and two black cats, Pumpkin and Monkey.

Darlene has been visiting my blog for some time and I was delighted to find she is a fellow dreamer as well as a lover of travel. As writers I think we all are dreamers of sorts and I especially loved her travel stories, which have brought back wonderful memories for me.

So I was especially delighted that she agreed to being bombarded with questions by me here today…

Darlene I see from your website, your books are inspired by your travels, when and for how long did you visit England?

To hear the answer and read the rest of the interview visit Diane’s blog:


One of Diane’s favourite quotes is:

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

-Gloria Steinem

Thanks so much Diane for the interview, the review and your friendship.

9 Responses to "An interview and review from down under"

Okay, so is ESL, European sign language? I want to learn sign language! If it’s not then forgive me for being niave!

You were close, ESL is English as a Second Language. I should have explained. The problem with acronyms is that the people who use them all the time feel that everyone knows them. I would love to learn sign language myself.

Congratulations, Darlene. Hope you continue to have great success.
Blessings ~ Maxi

Thanks Maxi. The kindness and support of my friends has made a huge difference.

Never stop dreaming, Darlene, and I love Gloria Steinem’s quote!

Thanks Sandra. It is a wondersul quote.

Hi Darlene, It was lovely finding out more about you. We have family in Australia and think of it as our second home, so I will look forward to Amanda down under oh yes and in Alberta!

You guys did a great interview! 😀

I love the quote you included and I look forward to checking out the rest of the interview!

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