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A Life in a Day of a Writer: Author Darlene Foster

Posted on: September 9, 2020

Today I am a guest over at Anne Stormont’s wonderful blog, Put it in Writing. Anne is an excellent author and a great supporter of other writers. If you wonder what a “typical day” looks like for me, read on.

Today it’s the turn of author Darlene Foster to give us a glimpse into the unpredictable and variety-filled days that make up her life as a writer. Darlene writes enthralling children’s adventure fiction. She also writes short stories and a wonderful blog with lots of posts and photos about her travels.

Darlene Foster’s Writing Life in a Day

I will start by saying there is no such thing as a typical day in my life anymore. I worked for 48 years and my life was very structured. During the latter part of my working life, I decided to follow my dream of becoming a writer and made a vow to write for two hours a day, no matter what. And I did, usually in the evening after dinner while others watched TV. As a result, I wrote and published four books and several short stories.

Now I’m retired and live for the most part in sunny Spain. I seem to have rebelled against structure in my day, so I write whenever I find some time. I no longer write every day either, although I write most days. In the past five years since I retired, I have written four more books.

Read more about my not so typical day here.

32 Responses to "A Life in a Day of a Writer: Author Darlene Foster"

Darlene’s books encapsulate so much to whet the keenest appetite. Variety, adventure and sometimes mystery, are present to tempt the young reader, and they have fun while.they are learning too! Recommended

Thanks so much, Joy for the endorsement!

Good start, and no surprise, a lot I relate to.

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Lovely, Darlene. I agree. I can’t imagine life without writing. What would I do?

Hi, Darlene – I loved how you progressed from writing a minimum of 2 hours a day (while others watched TV) to now writing when it works for you. Great guest post with great advice!

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post.

Sounds like a lovely life, Darlene, and that Dot keeps you active! I’m still used to my routine of writing 7 days a week, even though I’ve been retired for over 3 months now. I know the change will come, but I figure I’ll go for it while I’m motivated.

Thanks, Debra. You will find what works for you. I do book-related work 7 days a week, but not always writing. xo

Reading this was Deja Vu’ for me. A new author of fiction on the block. I am waiting for my book ” The Chronicler of the Hooghly” to roll out of the presses. But do they do that any more?

It´s a tough time to publish a book right now but everything is doable if you are determined and have patience.

I agree. What suggestions could you provide me?

Just keep sending your query letter out to publishers. Do a lot of research to be sure it is a publisher that works with your type of book. Good luck.

Thank you. Actually my manuscript has already been accepted by a publisher and ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’ is currently under publication..

I am now focussing on what all should be done to build awareness and push up reader interest.

Congratulations! Finding a publisher is never easy. I hope your publisher is helping you with the marketing. I like doing book signings and readings at bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, and schools but that may be difficult right now.

48 years is a long time, Darlene. Well done on getting books published during that time.

I hardly remember not working! Took two short maternity leaves. I was driven, sort of like you!

Hi Darlene! I found your blog through the weekend blog share and I’m so glad I did!
You have a lovely page, and I look forward to reading more from you.
Care to check out my page as well?

– Brittany

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Enjoy the weekend!

You too, Darlene 🙂 have a wonderful weekend

I loved hearing about a “typical” day xx I actually felt I was with you walking the dog, at the beach sitting by the pool. I love how you find inspiration in everything that surrounds you for your books. #SeniSal

Thanks! It is amazing how you can find inspiration everywhere. I got an idea tonight watching a TV show with hubby. It wasn’t even something I was interested in. Go figure!

I found your day to be one that we would all enjoy. Isn’t it nice when you can work at a beach cafe or by the pool…keep it us, you are doing great. 😊

up not us…sorry about that.

Thanks, Karen. It is a pretty good life.

up not us…sorry about that.

I figured that out. I do it all the time. I blame the computer.

I think you make an excellent role-model, Darlene.

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