Author Spotlight – June Foster

Hello, welcome to ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’

Please introduce yourself.

Hello! I’m June N. Foster and reside in Arizona. Currently, I spend the majority of the year in the yachting industry as a deckhand and yoga instructor. This affords me the amazing opportunity to discover new destinations, experience new cultures, and develop lasting friendships with diverse people from around the world. When I’m not working, I love to volunteer for a wide-variety of children’s non-profit organizations through writing, visiting orphanages, fund raising, and getting involved with conservation initiatives.

1. When did you start writing?

I have been writing through journal entries ever since I was “knee-high to a grasshopper,” as my Papa used to say. Reflected within these dusty journals are my deepest secrets, thoughts, fears, poems, hopes, dreams, questions, and observations regarding the world around me.

2. What motivates you to write, What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

After two years of quietly writing my story and keeping it close to my vest, I smiled. Strange really – – the journey I traveled – – the journey that led me to this moment. As I thought about these questions, I considered: How much do I share?

I navigated my cursor to YouTube and clicked on my “go-to” song, “Fly Me to the Moon,” written by Bart Howard, and beautifully sung by Frank Sinatra. This masterful rendition will always be held close to my heart as Papa’s and my song.

I listened carefully to each word, wishing he were beside me, providing me guidance to my question. As the song reached the end, these simple, yet powerful words floated in the air:

In other words, please be true,
In other words, In other words,
I love you

Hearing this answer; I smiled again.

I was born into a middle-class American family and we moved around the US seven times. I grew up loved and lucky to have had healthy food to eat, an early education, attend college, and follow my dreams. We attended Catholic mass every Sunday, prayed before every meal and before bedtime, and donated time and money towards those in need. Yet, for me, these acts were more of an obligation, perhaps even a tradition, similar to cooking the turkey or decorating the Christmas tree – something to look forward to, yet to shrug off until the following season. I was more concerned about what I would wear to school the next week, what others said about me on Facebook, or whether or not I had the latest cell phone. Admittedly, I lived in a tiny, one-dimensional bubble. Now at twenty-four-years old, I can honestly say that I was the poster child of the stereotypical mantra of the entitled millennial.

After we moved back to Arizona from Ohio, I started college. Through my studies in global sociology I became impassioned to help the hungry, poorest, and most vulnerable population in the world ¬ – our children in need. Learning about their living conditions and survival stories brought me to tears. I immersed myself further into research, study, and talking with non-profit organizations whose mission it is to help those in need. After graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in Organizational Management, I enrolled in Film Production at Grand Canyon University. I was in the middle of a screenwriting course, when my Papa passed away. I emotionally collapsed and over the course of many months, I fell deeper and deeper into despair. My anger turned into hope after praying to our Lord and asking Him to guide me. Soon after, I picked up my yet to be completed screenplay and as I read it with fresh eyes, I felt my characters, plot, settings . . . well, everything lacked depth and substance. I was determined to bring the story to life, and in doing so, my screenplay evolved into my debut novel.

Truth be told, I lack the financial means and wide-spreading influence to make a large impact. I chose the best vehicle I could to bring awareness to others through suspense and adventure story telling. It is my hope that readers will love my stories, yet at the same time become more aware of the world around them through passive insertions of global issues. It would be ideal for one or more of my stories to transform into a screenplay and subsequently, a movie production. The hope would be to take any profits I receive and direct them to help those in need. This is my dream. The Girl and the Golden Leaf is the first book in a series dedicated to humanitarian efforts and the preservation of the world’s nature resources for future generations.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

Perhaps it’s due to my age, but my characters, narrative, and perspectives are tailored to the younger adult. However, due to some horrific, (but not overly graphic) scenes in the story, the genre of The Girl and the Golden Leaf would be appropriate for 18-years-old and above. It is my goal for the following sequels in the series, to reach all young adults to 100+.

4. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

On occasion, I do suffer from writer’s block, but I believe my biggest obstacle is my predisposition that I need a dedicated “time slot” for creative writing. If I am distracted by other commitments on a given day, I lose that day completely. For me, I need to carve out a dedicated block of days for the words to flow. Perhaps this is why it took me two years to complete my first story, as life happens, and dedicated days are few and far between. I realize this is a major weakness that I need to overcome as I begin my next story.

5. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

As a twenty-four-year old new author, I hesitate to give advice as I have so much to learn, understand and experience. However, if I were to give one nugget, I would say, “Don’t be afraid — find your passion and write with love and conviction. Don’t overthink each word, or each step in the process as I did. And have faith that, “For the Lord will be your confidence and keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26 (ESV)

6. Please, tell us about your work.

The Girl and the Golden Leaf will be published in January 2019. Please visit: www.junenfoster.com to learn more information about the book and to order your copy.

• 9781982216993 Softcover
• 9781982217006 E-Book
• 9781982216986 Hardcover

About the Book

As whitewater rafting guides down the New River in Fayetteville, West Virginia, sixteen-year-old Tia and her twin brother, Finn, hope to find a way to escape poverty after the recent deaths of their parents. When a Hollywood film producer offers the siblings acting roles in his movie, Tia sees the vision of her golden ticket she has prayed for God to provide. How can she refuse?

From Chile’s exotic Río Futaleufú, to her captivity in the Amazon Rainforest and the slums of Buenos Aires, Tia’s deep faith touches everyone she meets . . .

. . . but will her faith be enough to survive the darkest pits of humanity?

This heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel is unblinking in the horrors faced by children stolen from their lives — however, it does not sensationalize nor over-dramatize the truth. Vividly written, The Girl and the Golden Leaf examines the tormenting events in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage and survival.

Praise for The Girl and the Golden Leaf
“An unforgettable journey, full of adventure, suspense, mystery, and despair to triumph, The Girl and the Golden Leaf, will forever touch your heart.”
CBM Christian Book Reviews (10/10 stars)

“Combining an intriguing, engrossing story with a salutary message of hope and charity for deprived innocents, The Girl and the Golden Leaf by June N. Foster is both riveting and revelatory.” — Chanticleer Reviews

“Foster’s deft writing can generate tension by mere suggestion.” “…rewarding tale of a kidnapped teenager’s resilience.” — Kirkus Reviews

Thank you June, it’s been a pleasure to have here as my guest.


Connect with June:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/junefoster/

https://www.instagram.com/june__foster/

http://www.junenfoster.com

 

 

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Abbreviations We Use All The Time But Don’t Know The Meaning – By Derek Haines

We use abbreviations and acronyms all the time, but what do they mean?

The English language uses many forms of word abbreviation.

We use shortened forms increasingly for text messaging to reduce a word or phrase.

Very often these are acronyms using initial letters such as LOL, ROTFL and BRB.

Other forms also use a capital letter from the start of each word but are pronounced as words. A good example is the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which forms the word, NATO.

Other examples are NASA, POTUS and SCUBA. If you didn’t know, SCUBA means self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. Radar is also an acronym, derived from radio detection and ranging.

Many common abbreviations, however, are pronounced letter by letter. The United States of America is most commonly referred to as the US or the USA, the United Kingdom as the UK and the United Nations as the UN.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/abbreviations-we-use-all-the-time-but-dont-know-the-meaning/

7 Great Writing Conferences in February 2019 – By Erica Verillo

Erica Verillo published a post about 7 Writer’s Conferences taking place in February in the U.S. Thank you very much for the great information, Erica!


Conferences are not only the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, they make you feel like a writer. We all need community, and this is how we, as writers, get the necessary incentive to keep writing.

All of these conferences and workshops charge tuition, but some offer financial assistance. There are deadlines for applying for aid, so make sure you plan ahead.

For a month-by-month list of conferences throughout the year see: Writing Conferences. (You will also find links to resources that can help you find conferences in your area on that page.)
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The Writers Studio, sponsored by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, February 7 – 10, 2019, Los Angeles, CA. The conference offers workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as writing for television and film. Offered by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the Writers Studio brings together a community of writing students to workshop with some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers. From among the 10 offered, participants choose one workshop in which they work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to no more than 15 people.

Get all the information here:

https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2019/01/7-writing-conferences-in-february-2019.html

Why Your Writing Matters—Even if You’re Not Making Any Money from It – By Ali Luke

Today I found an excellent encouraging and important guest post on C. S. Lakin’s ‘Live Write Thrive’ blog. The post is written by Ali Luke and she tells us why our writing matters. Thank you, Ali.


How important is your writing to you?

Is that importance reflected in how much time you spend on it?

Pretty much every writer starts out writing without being paid—often without any prospect of payment. This is particularly true for fiction writers, who might well hone their craft for years, even decades, before successfully selling their work.

In fact, for many writers it’s not just a case of “not making any money”—it’s a case of spending money. Books, courses, conferences, pens, notebooks, software—it all adds up.

Perhaps you worry that you’re wasting your time (and your money). That, ultimately, your writing doesn’t really matter. That you should be doing something else instead, whether that’s the housework or spending more time with your family.

I firmly believe that your writing does matter, though—regardless of whether you’re making any money from it.

Here’s why.

Writing Is an Important Creative Outlet

Do you feel better, generally, when you’re writing? Do you feel you’re accomplishing something? Do you enjoy spending time with imaginary people? Do you love coming up with invented worlds?

Read the full blog post here:

https://www.livewritethrive.com/2019/01/14/why-your-writing-matters-even-if-youre-not-making-any-money-from-it/

How do you keep the passion for Writing Going? – By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio provides us with excellent suggestions on how to keep our passion for writing going. Thank you so much for your supporting and encouraging advice.


After publishing ten books with another in the wings, I suppose my passion for writing appears healthy. There are those days, however, when the words won’t come and I struggle to even write original posts for my blog. You can call it writer’s block, but there is also an element of frustration and discouragement that factors in.

What I’ve tried to do is turn the negatives into positives and maximize the positives. It’s not always easy, but it works.

Here are some of the negatives I’ve been working through:

Continue reading the entire blog post here

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/how-do-you-keeping-the-passion-for-writing-going/

Author Spotlight – Colin Guest

Welcome!

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1. When did you start writing?
After my late wife died in 2007

2. What motivates you to write?
I get pleasure from writing and hope that readers enjoy reading my books

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I write in both fiction and non-fiction. By doing so I get the best of both worlds related to writing

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I like to think that I have what it takes to write a best seller, and that one of my books will be used as the basis for a film or television series.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
No

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
When you’re writing and get stuck on how to proceed, take a break. Leave your writing then go back to it the next day with a clear head. Also, once you have completed your work, it is essential that you have it professionally edited. Don’t think for a minute that as you have used an online editing program it is not worth the cost. If you do, most likely you will be disappointed at what readers say when they read what you wrote.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
I have written and self-published seven books. I did pay for my memoir Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps to be published by a company I thought good. I found out to my cost it was a big mistake. This company is now listed as one not to use. As is over twelve other sites connected to them. Four of my books are now available as audiobooks, a fifth will be shortly, and my novel A Dangerous Love Affair now in the process of being made into an audiobook. In conjunction with Voyage Media, based on my memoir, I wrote a pilot episode for what they think could be used as a television series. I also write poems with several in the final four in competitions. One was made into a film.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Colin Guest Bio:

As an expat who worked in fifteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East and North Africa, Colin Guest has lived a life most only dream. He has self-published seven books. Two have been made into Audiobooks, with three more due to be completed early 2019.
A number of Colin’s articles have been published in online magazines and one in a UK expat magazine. A local newspaper in Colin’s hometown in England published an article about him. In conjunction with Voyage Media, Colin prepared a pilot episode based on his memoir that they think could be suitable for a television series. Colin has taken part in several online interviwes and once took part in a live online American radio show. Colin uses his website http://www.colinguestauthor and various social media accounts to help publise his books.


Connect with Colin:

Website: https://www.colinguestauthor.com

Blog: https://www.turkmed.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Tigermanguest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tigerman55

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/colinguest9

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9857414

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tigerman77

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tigerman105

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Colin-Guest/e/B00OM3VCLW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1547607613&sr=1-2-ent


Colin’s Books: