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Conversations with Colleen: Meet Author, Darlene Foster, @supermegawoman

Posted on: November 15, 2019

Today I´m a guest of Colleen Chesebro where we have a great conversation about doing research, the importance of grammar and retirement. Please check it out.


Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you one of my favorite award-winning children’s authors, Darlene Foster. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. This is Darlene’s second visit to my blog. We had so much fun last time, she couldn’t wait to stop around again! Darlene Foster…

Source: Conversations with Colleen: Meet Author, Darlene Foster, @supermegawoman

43 Responses to "Conversations with Colleen: Meet Author, Darlene Foster, @supermegawoman"

Good for you, Darlene. Onwards and upwards. Hugs xx

Not only is the interview great but also the photo with your happy and
winning smile, holding your creation in your hand.


Thanks! it is like holding a newborn baby.xo

It was an excellent interview, Darlene.

Thanks for featuring Darlene today, Colleen. and thanks to encouragement from writers like you both, I now know the feeling of holding a newborn “book baby” too!

I’m sure you were over the moon delighted when you held your published book. It was a long time coming and well worth it. xo

Darlene, a delightful interview with Colleen and I enjoyed her searching questions. Retirement, eh?! I agree with you – there is no such thing for a writer! 😀 We would be sad souls without our words! I love your reception as a ‘rock star’ at one school … I bet your feet didn’t touch the ground for days afterwards. Happy Weekend & Writing! 😀

Colleen’s questions were great! Writers don’t retire or take holidays as we are always working in a way. The kids are always so great and make me feel welcome. Have a super weekend as well, Annika.

I love all three topics but admit what had me click through was ‘retirement’. It sure is complicated these days!

No sitting on the porch in a rocking chair for us. But we led busy lives so we need to keep busy, hopefully doing something we enjoy.

Excellent interview and great answers. I see a lot of myself in your route to becoming an author. (minus all the books, ha-ha) I was a career educator, and I loved every bit of it, but retirement has been a blast. I’m getting to all of those things on my Bucket List (not just talking about them but doing them). I just finished helping out at a children’s author festival. It was so cool as we were able to pay for the travel expenses to bring twenty-five children’s authors into over sixty of our local schools. Those authors’ visits to schools are so important, Darlene, and I commend you for taking part. When I taught, those were some of my favorite days because I could feel authors being born at those moments.

In short, I want to do what you are doing. One professional question—Did you know when you wrote your first Amanda book that you would do a series? I’m finishing up my first children’s chapter book (middle grades), and I’ve purposely left some questions unanswered with the idea of writing a sequel.

Thanks so much, Pete. I am pleased to hear you are working on that bucket list. Every time I accomplish one item on the list, I add two or three more!! When I wrote the first book, I didn’t have a series in mind but as I waited to find a publisher (it only took 5 years!), I started writing another Amanda travel adventure. When I found a publisher willing to publish my book, she suggested I do a series. I was pleased to inform her that I had another book almost completed. My books, however, are stand-alone and don’t need to be read in sequence. Good luck with your book. Kids do like a series I have learned, especially if they get attached to the main characters.

Darlene I have a question for you. As you described taking copious notes as you travel, I wondered do you do that in real time? Or do you wait till the end of the day. I try to do both but seem to end up with some notes on my phone and some on paper. A bit of a mess to sort out I must say.

I carry a note pad with me and take notes as I go along, especially if a tour guide is giving out useful info or I overhear something. I take pictures of write-ups in museums and historic sites. I also write in my journal every night but that’s mostly my impressions and feelings. I use all of these when I write my story. Sometimes, of course, I can’t read what I wrote or I only jotted down some bits thinking I’d remember the rest. (not!) Part of the fun is sorting out the mess. LOL

Thanks Darlene. It sounds like what I do but I find at the end of the day I often fall asleep. Need to get more disciplined.

Grammar is very important. As a former German teacher, I experienced firsthand those students who had not been taught any grammar by their English teachers. Guess who wound up teaching them? I did. Retirement is a great word in my vocabulary these days too. Enjoy the weekend.

I agree, poor grammar in a novel, even if the story is good, takes the reader out of the story. Another set of eyes will see what the writer misses. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend as well!

Thank you. You as well. Sometimes putting a manuscript down and letting time pass is better. Reading once more with fresh eyes is helpful.

That is so true.

Thank you, Darlene. “”__””

Definitely Supermegawoman!

Awe, thanks. I don’t always feel that way. xo

Even so, you really are. 😍

What a wonderful photo of you ! Such a lovely smile and smiley eyes 🙂
I like to do a few sketches when travelling, which helps to illustrate the notes so that later I can make sense of all those scribbled observations and insights (hopefully). Loved this interview and your interesting answers. Congrats!!


Thanks, Peta. Doing sketches is a great idea. You have turned some of those sketches into paintings too! Unfortunately, I don’t have those skills and the sketches would be mostly stick-people and stick-animals. I’ll have to stick with photos and written descriptions. ❤

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Another interesting interview, Darlene.

Great interview and great insight to your process. My step mother wrote a book about growing up in Nazi Germany. I remember the editing and grammar check process. She called upon a few of us in the family to proof the first run for grammar, punctuation, etc. From there she elevated the editing to an English professor who just happened to also be in the family. The final review was by a professional, but the filtering process with all of us really paid off. I have nothing but admiration for writers….my hats off to you!!

It is definitely a labour of love. But I´m sure it is the same for most of the creative arts. I watch my daughter make her pottery with painstaking precision and wonder how she can do it. Your works of art I´m sure take many labour intensive hours to produce. Thanks for recognizing the time put into publishing my books.

This was a fab interview Darlene ❤

It is always a pleasure to learn more about my blogging friends…Great interview ladies 🙂 Not sure how I missed this one popped over from Esme’s #sensai

Glad you enjoyed the article, Carol.

Fabulous interview! We writers will never “retire” and in fact, writing our books “rewires” us with every story. ❤

How true is that! Writing does rewire us. Time to start another book I think. 💛

Wonderful interview, Darlene! Lots of great photos and tips for authors too… 🙂 Shared from Colleen’s blog.

Thanks so much, Bette.

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