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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.

Read the rest  of the interview here

 

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.

 

 

Today I am featured on Travel Novels.

Author Interview – Darlene Foster 

 by • October 9, 2013             

What is your experience with the setting of the book? Have you visited or lived in the area? If ‘yes’, what about the area inspired you to use it as the setting?

My husband is English and I have been to visit England a number of times. The first time I ever travelled by airplane was 36 years ago when we flew to England to get married. I remember the excitement of arriving in a country I had read so much about. I was intrigued by the history, the old castles and cathedrals, the country villages and the intense green countryside. Coming from Canada, everything is so new by comparison. I also loved the old bookshops and the charming teashops. All these things inspired me to have my young character visit England.

Read the rest of the interview here:

http://travelnovel.com/author-interview-darlene-foster

First of all, I want to thank everyone for your support yesterday in helping me tie for First Prize in the Long and Short Review contest.  The voting time was short so don’t worry if you got to the post too late. This prize will give me some free marketing for the next month. All my followers Rock!

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If that wasn’t wonderful enough, today I am the featured author on Suzanne’s Thoughts For The Day This is what she had to say:

How Could A Girl Get Herself in so Much Trouble?

I met Darlene Foster at a marketing seminar a few months back and was very interested to hear about her books. Darlene’s character, Amanda, has made her a bestseller! 
Read the rest here and make a comment:

http://suzannesthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.ca/2013/09/how-could-girl-get-herself-in-so-much.html

Suzanne is giving away an e-copy of one of my books to a lucky commenter.

Life is good for this children’s writer!

A fellow Canadian writer and blogger friend of mine, Laura Best,  has posted an article on Family Literacy Day which I am reblogging.  She has suggested books that would make an enjoyable read and included Amanda in England-The  Missing Novel!

It’s That Time Again, by Laura Best

No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.”

– Los Angeles Times, “A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area”

Family Literacy Day here in Canada is on January 27th. It’s a day set aside to remind us all about the importance of literacy, and to help promote reading. It’s a time for family, and reading, and anything regarding the written word. You can find out more about Family Literacy Day by checking out the ABC Life Literacy  Canada Site.

In honour of Family Literacy Day I thought it would be fun to give a shout-out to some great Canadian books enjoyable to those of us who are young at heart.

To read more:

http://lauraabest.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/its-that-time-again/

I would suggest checking out all of the books listed as well as Laura’s Bitter, Sweet

Bitter, Sweet

Pru Burbidge lives a simple life on the family homestead on Dalhousie Road in 1940s rural Nova Scotia, until her father abandons the family and her mother falls ill. Her life is turned upside-down by these events, and she is forced to take on the role of primary caregiver to her siblings, Jessie, Flora, and Davey. Things go from bad to worse when Pru’s mother dies, leaving Pru and Jessie, her older brother, to care for the family in secret so they are not separated and sent away to foster homes, or worse, the orphan house. Pru and Jessie do everything they can to hide the fact that their mother has passed away and keep the family together, but their situation becomes increasingly dire as their money and food supplies begin to run out and their neighbours start getting suspicious. When the situation comes to a head and they are on the verge of being found out, Pru and her siblings must work together to save their family from being torn apart.
How about reading together as a family on Family Literacy Day!
 

 

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:

http://thepatientdreamer.com/2012/10/18/meet-darlene-foster-author-of-the-amanda-series/#comment-3095

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.

This week Karen Elliott is featuring Kid’s Week  on her blog . She has invited some very talented children’s authors as guest bloggers. I was honoured to be included.

Writing for ‘Tweens’

Article by Darlene Foster

“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old.” – Walt Disney

What inspired me to write children’s books?  In some ways I don’t believe I have ever gone much past 12 years old myself. I relate well to children. Perhaps you have heard the saying – “You are only young once, but you can be immature forever!”

Read the rest of my article here and please comment.

http://karenselliott.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/kids-week-tweens-author-darlene-foster/

Check out what the other childrens’ writers such as Jessica Messinger, Harri Romney and Chris Eboch, have to say. You will find it fascinating

http://karenselliott.wordpress.com/

Thanks so much, Karen for inviting me to be a guest blogger!

School presentation

 

I had the opportunity to visit Holly School in Surrey this past week.  I am always so impressed with these kids.  They ask great questions and are so attentive.  The boys and girls, from the grade three, four and five classes, said they enjoyed the Amanda stories and were hoping there would be more. (I guess that should be incentive enough for me to keep writing!)  They love the animals in the stories, Ali Baba the camel  in Amanda in Arabia and Pedro the pony in Amanda in Spain.  I told them about Rupert, the Maine Coon cat in the next book, Amanda in England. One girl knew all about Maine Coon cats and shared her knowledge.

I brought my pictures, a Spainish shawl, Pedro and some items depicting the Velazquez painting.  There was interest in Guadi and his strange buildings, especially the chimneys on the roof tops. Some of the children spoke Spanish and were pleased to see some Spanish words in the text.  The teacher mentioned that they would correct her when she mispronounced the Spanish words.  I was pleased to hear that the books were almost always checked out from the library and were used in the classroom as well. One student mentioned they did an art project based on one of the books. This made me very happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of bright young people, ten year old Erik over at thiskidreviewsbooks writes fabulous reviews on kids books and wrote a  flattering review on Amanda in Arabia.  He said he really enjoyed the story because it has tons of excitement and adventure in it. He also really liked Ali Baba.  Check out his reviews if you are looking for quality books for kids.  He also shares quotes and I especially liked this one:

“We are the authors of our own lives… Too bad we write in pen so we can not erase our mistakes” – Unknown

Nothing is more satifying than knowing children are reading and enjoying booksSpending time with them as an author is a delightful perk.  Many say reading books is no longer a popular passtime for children.  What I have discovered is just the opposite as these children were as enthusiastic and excited about books as I was at their age.

Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with children? Have you found them to be as interested in books as other generations? 

 


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