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Today, I’m very excited to feature Darlene Foster as she sits down for this weeks edition of a Perfect 10. Please enjoy.

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. Flory, Steve Boseley, Kayla Matt, Mae Clair, Jill Sammut, Deanna Kahler, Dawn Reno Langley, John Howell, Elaine Cougler, Jan Sikes, Nancy Bell, Nick Davis, Kathleen Lopez, Susan Thatcher, Charles Yallowitz, Armand Rosamilia, Tracey Pagana, Anna Dobritt, Karen Oberlaender, Deby Fredericks, Teri Polen

Also, if you are an author and you want to be part of this feature, I still have a few slots open for 2017. You can email me at don@donmassenzio.com


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Today I am pleased to introduce an author who I have been following for quite some time. She started writing seriously around the same time I did and was one of the first authors I met through blogging. I have read most of her books and thoroughly enjoyed every one. I consider her a hardworking, talented and diverse author. Here is my interview with Linda Cassidy Lewis.

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  1. Tell us a bit about you and your books I live in central California, just about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and an hour closer to the Sierras than the Pacific Ocean. This year my high school sweetheart and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary—yes, we married very young. We have four grown sons and seven grandchildren. I got a late start on writing seriously, but now I have four novels with a fifth to be released soon. I write women’s fiction, humorous romance, and, occasionally, darker fiction.
  1. What made you decide to be a writer? Reading. I’ve been an avid reader all my life. And I never really outgrew the “make believe” stage. To entertain myself while doing mundane tasks like housework—that is, when I couldn’t have a book in my hand—I would make up my own stories, sometimes carrying on the same characters for years. Often I would write these as short stories, or even start a novel, but I never shared them with anyone. A few years ago, I decided it was time to write and finish a novel, aiming at publication. So I did.
  1. Where do you get your ideas? Occasionally, the ideas are sparked by real life events, sometimes by a dream, but more often I just “hear” a character talking, telling me their story. Usually, I get a mental picture along with the dialogue, like a movie playing in my head. So I start jotting down bits of dialogue and description. Sometimes that’s all I get, and I file it away to consider in the future, but other times, the story keeps flowing and results in a completed work.
  1. Are your characters based on real people? I usually visualize a particular actor as a character, but since I don’t actually know that person, I have to invent my character’s personality. Those personalities are a mixture of traits from people I know or have known. And, consciously or subconsciously, there’s a bit of me in them all.
  1. You have written in a variety of genres. Is it difficult to switch from one to another? Not so much. Before I write a new book in one of my series, I have to reread at least parts of the previous book to “get back into character” so to speak. Writing the humorous romance is hardest for me because I tend to darker thoughts, which I suppose is why I should write humorous romance.
  1. Of your published books, which is your favourite and why? Well, I’ll always have a soft spot for The Brevity of Roses because it was my first novel published. But I can’t write what I don’t love—or I can’t complete a story I’m not in love with, at least. So I’d have to say that each of my books is a fave for some reason.brevfront2017_sm
  1. What are you reading right now? Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life. 
  1. What can we expect from the pen of Linda Cassidy Lewis next? Well, I’ve written two romances back to back, which are “dessert” books for me, and right now, I’m craving some meat and potatoes, so next I’ll be working on another women’s fiction novel in The Bay of Dreams Series. However, I’m going to try writing the next in the High Tea & Flip-Flops Series at the same time.

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  1. Are you a panster or a plotter? I used to say pantser because I don’t write an outline, but then I realized that by working out a book mentally for months, or even years, before I sit down to write it, I’m plotting in a different way. Now, I call myself a plotser.
  1. What advice would you give anyone who wants to write a book? If you have a story calling to you, write it! And give it all you’ve got. Whether you fear it won’t be good enough for publication shouldn’t stop you. A book, or short story or poem, can always be edited and revised, but not until you have a draft to work with.

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Fun questions

Do you prefer cats or dogs?  I like both, but at the moment, I have only a dog, a white, part Schnauzer, called Maggie.

Coffee or tea?  Tea! I can’t stand even the smell of coffee.

Sweet or savoury?  I’m a savory person all the way. I’m always up for pizza.

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Thank you so much, Linda, for answering my questions. I love the word plotster and may use it!  I wish you continued success with your writing endeavours and look forward to reading more of your amazing novels.

Connect with Linda on her social media sites.

https://lindacassidylewis.com/

Amazon author page 

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Here is my review of High Tea and Flip Flops

“A delightful read with many laugh-out-loud moments. A contemporary Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, complete with misunderstandings and miscommunications. Chelsea and Jeremy are worlds apart and speak two different languages – Britsh English and American English. When they meet, sparks fly but can this cross-cultural relationship work? Can Chelsea, a modern American surfer girl trying to get her life on track and Jeremy, an upper-class Britsh lawyer attempting to establish himself as a writer find anything in common? I have enjoyed all of this author’s work and this fun romantic comedy proves her versatility as an author. I look forward to the next book featuring these very real and entertaining characters.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Thanksgiving in Canada and I have so much to be thankful for. My family, my friends, my health and a wonderful place to live, to name a few. I am also extremely thankful to everyone who has supported my writing endeavours.

It has been ten days since Amanda on the Danube has been released and things have been going great! I was pleased to see an article about the book in The Delta Optimist.

A new adventure for Amanda

Children’s author, inspired by her own travels, adds fifth entry to novel series

DAVE WILLIS / DELTA OPTIMIST

OCTOBER 7, 2016 12:00 AM

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Children’s author Darlene Foster has added another entry to her travel adventure series.

Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music follows the 12-year-old main character on an adventure with her best friend Leah aboard an elegant riverboat along Europe’s second-longest river.

“It is a fast-paced, fun and intriguing story with some European history tucked in,” says Foster, who has a book launch event scheduled for next month at Albany Books in Tsawwassen.

The title marks the fifth entry into this series and Foster says she thinks it’s the best one yet.

Read more here

Amanda on the Danube is also the book of the week on Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book of the Week – Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music by Darlene Foster

Today my chosen book is another adventure for Amanda, an ordinary Canadian teenager, who has travelled the world from Arabia to Alberta via Spain and England. Author Darlene Foster now crafts a new adventure as Amanda finds herself on the Danube helping a homeless young musician.

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Read more here and add a comment if you wish. Sally’s blog site is chock full of interesting and  inspiring information. She is an amazing person and  does so much to promote us struggling authors. You may want to follow her blog, you won’t be sorry.

I am so thankful I met Sally through the wonderful world of blogging.

What are you thankful for?

Some days are just worth waking up to and today has been astounding!

Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask was given a stellar review by a wonderful mother and daughter team I had the pleasure of meeting at one of my book signings.  This dynamic duo, Renee and Danielle, have a blog  where they review books they have read together.  Parents who encourage their children to read and then discuss the reading with them are providing a great education to the future generation. This is what they had to say about Amanda’s adventure:

Book Review: Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask by Darlene Foster

Title: Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask

Author: Darlene Foster

Year published: 2010

Publisher: ireadiwritePublishing

Number of pages: 108

Recommended age: 8+

Daughter Rating: ★★★★½

Grown-up Rating: ★★★★½

Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)

Daughter’s bottom line: I really, really, really liked this book – it was fun to read. I would recommend it to girls 7 years and older.

Mother’s bottom line: I really, really enjoyed this book.  I ripped through it in one sitting because it had me captivated from start to finish.  I would highly recommend this book and the other Amanda books to girls in particular ages 8+.

To read the entire review http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/book-review-amanda-in-arabia-the-perfume-flask-by-darlene-foster/

If that wasn’t enough to make my day, I was also interviewed by my amazing publisher, Michelle at Central Avenue Publishing

On Being a Small Press Author – Darlene Foster

Today, I’m proud to present Darlene Foster, a Canadian author who has written three young reader books all belonging to the Amanda series. Darlene’s books have been very well received both locally and internationally. Her newest book, Amanda in England: The Missing Novel has just been released. She is actually one of the few Canadian authors we have and she just happens to live about a 15 minute drive away from me. I met her in person, at a local writer’s group and I’m very glad I did.

1. The first book I can remember reading is:

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

2. The first book I ever wrote was:  Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask

Read more of this interview and perhaps learn more about me: http://centralavenuepub.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/on-being-a-small-press-author-darlene-foster/

Thank you! Thank you! Renee, Danielle and Michelle for giving me a fabulous Friday.

WritersWebWorkshop’s April newsletter features an excellent interview by Alison Acheson with Wendy Phillips, a writer-teacher-librarian from Richmond, BC, who won the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Fishtailing. Here is an excerpt I would like to share.

Alison: Welcome to WritersWebWorkshop, Wendy! To begin, how has being a teacher and librarian contributed to your writing?

Wendy: As a teacher I become involved with my students’ thoughts and voices not only through their presence in my classes and my library, but also through their writing. I learn about their home lives, their passions, their hopes, their torments through writing exercises, and when they learn I won’t broadcast their confidences through the staff room or other classes, they relax into honesty. Though the characters in my books are not based on any one student, I get a general sense of what my audience is experiencing and what conflicts they have to resolve, and those transfer to my writing.

I also read the books they care about, and that suggests to me not only of what they’re interested in reading about, but what kinds of writing appeal to them. A final consideration—both my students and I hate books that “talk down” to students. It’s a very fine balance to let the reader do the work to put the story together without making it too convoluted for an adolescent reader to understand. My work keeps me in touch with their thinking as they read, and the kids’ reactions help me find that balance.

Alison: What thoughts would you share with a young person who says they want to write? And to a 40-something who says the same?

Wendy: For both young and old, the best advice is to keep writing. As long as you write, you are a writer, and writing, as much as basketball or piano, needs practice. You may be developing, but you’re still a writer. You only fail as a writer
if you stop.

Alison: Thank you, Wendy. “You only fail if you stop”—good words! We look forward to seeing your new work in the world.

To read the full interview in the newsletter http://www.writerswebworkshop.com/admin/files/WritersWebWorkshop%20Newsletter%20for%20April%202011%20.pdf

Alison Acheson is an author and creative writing instructor. She offers a variety of on-line workshops
http://writerswebworkshop.com/


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