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I am honoured to be featured on Sharon Ledwith´s blog. I came. I saw. I wrote. She is also offering a give-away of an Amanda e-book if you comment on her post.
Spotlight on a Book Series: Darlene Foster and the Amanda Travel Adventure Series
I want to thank and welcome wonderful (and well-traveled) MG author, Darlene Foster for sharing her personal experiences on writing a book series and showcasing her middle grade adventure series the Amanda Travel Adventure series with us on my blog today.
BONUS: One lucky reader will win an Amanda Travel Adventure ebook of their choice just by leaving a comment! Don’t forget to leave your contact info for a chance to win, and good luck! So let’s get this interview rolling…
Where did you get your idea and inspiration to write the Amanda Travel Adventure series, Darlene?
I was inspired by an amazing trip I took to the United Arab Emirates. While I was there, I felt as excited as a twelve year old. I decided it would be a great setting for a children´s book. I created the character of Amanda, an average girl who wishes for travel and adventure as she blows out the candles on her twelfth birthday. The next day an airplane ticket arrives in the mail for her to visit her aunt and uncle who live in the UAE. What follows is an adventure of a life time. Once Amanda got the travel bug, she had to see more interesting places. I suppose I created Amanda because as a child, I wanted to see the world.
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.
Please pop over and leave a comment. Amanda and I will appreciate it.
Amanda Jane Ross is being featured today!
Originally posted on The Peers of Beinan series on Word Press:
Character name: Amanda Jane Ross
Parents names: Don and Evelyn Ross
Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Profile: Amanda is an average North American girl who dreams of travel and adventure. Her kind, caring and curious nature gets her into trouble as she can´t stop helping people in need. She discovers she is brave and resourceful when she finds herself in trouble while traveling in foreign countries.
Ideal actor or actress to play in a film adaptation: Amara Miller from the Descendants
A great review of Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone on Clarbojahn’s Blog
Have I ever got a treat for you!! One of our own. In this blogging circle. Darlene Foster, Dreamer of dreams and Teller of Tales.
Read more here and see what she has to say.
Clara is the author of two great picture books.
We have a winner from last month’s featured author posts at Cassandra Giovanni’s blog!
The lucky winner of Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on The Stone is….
Congratulations Marsha and thank you to everyone for reading the posts, commenting and entering the draw.
A huge thank you to Cassandra for featuring me. It was an honour to be the featured author for September.
Speaking of September, where it go? It certainly flew by for me, but ended well. I spent the last Sunday of the month at Y’s Books in Vancouver presenting my latest book. The cosy book store provided an intimate setting. A lively crowd attended and asked great questions. We all had a lot of fun on a sunny fall Vancouver afternoon. Thanks Y’s Books for making me feel so welcome and for providing quality books for the community.
My bison puppet didn’t have a name. Thanks to suggestions from the audience he is now Buffy the Bison.
I truly hope September was good for you and October is even better!
Since I am the featured author on Cassandra Giovanni Writer’s blog this month she has featured three of my books today.
She is also running a contest to win a copy of Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. So head on over and enter!
Cassandra says: “I highly recommend picking up ALL of these novels!”
If you haven’t met Amanda before, you’ll need to know she is a twelve-year-old, adventurous, travel-loving girl who seems to find mysteries wherever she goes. This time in Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone, not evening the one leaving home she still gets involved in a situation.
Read more here:
Thank you so much Cassandra and Lynn! I am so grateful for the tremendous support from my blogging community. Without you I would just be a struggling author sitting in front of my computer wondering how to let the world know about my books. You all rock!!
I was invited to read my books to the students and families of Sowing Seeds Preschool today. What a fun experience that was! Most of the children were preschool age, which is younger than I am used to reading to. But they were very attentive and well behaved. Parents and siblings were also invited so it was a large and diverse group. I read small excerpts from each book and allowed for questions and comments in between. The puppets were a hit again with Ali Baba stealing the show. He was passed around so everyone had a chance to hold him for a minute or two. One young listener was reluctant to return him to me.
The school went all out to make me feel welcome. As I approached the gates of the school, a poster announcing my visit greeted me.
A walk of fame directed everyone to the gymnasium where I made my presentation. How cool is that!
I set up my display featuring items representing all four books.
I read short excerpts from each book, choosing passages with lots of action and animals.
One delightful three year old girl, Bhargavi, asked me if Amanda was going to India. I said that it was a great idea and that Amanda would love to go to India, as would I.
When the children got a bit restless, the Director of the school had them stand up and do the Hokey Pokey. They loved shouting Yee Haw at the end (the cowboy version). So I donned my cowboy hat and read from Amanda in Alberta.
I was presented with a delightful book the students had created together just for me as a thank you.
It ended with thank you written in all the languages represented in the school. Something I will treasure forever!
And some may wonder why I write.