Author Spotlight – Darlene Foster

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Please introduce yourself.

 

Hi! I’m Darlene Foster, a writer of children’s books, travel articles and short stories. I grew up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Canada where I dreamt of travelling the world and becoming a published writer. I call the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca of Spain my home these days. Dreams do come true!

 

 When did you start writing? 

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Putting words down on paper has always been a pleasure for me. I had a story published in a local newspaper when I was twelve. It was called Stretch Your Food Dollar. The crazy thing is that it is about an amusing experience two young girls have in a department store. Little did I know, all these years later, I would publish books about two girls having adventures and amusing experiences in various countries.

 

 What motivates you to write? 

I am motivated by boredom. If I feel I might be getting bored, I start a new writing project. Then I complain I’m too busy but I actually like it that way.

 

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

For the most part, I write travel adventure stories for children. I tend to relate best with children. Some say I have never really grown up myself. Adulthood is far over rated. Tweens, kids aged eight to twelve are delightful. They are in the middle, no longer little children but not yet teenagers. There is still that sweet innocence but they are starting to question things and think for themselves. That sense of adventure kicks in and they crave more independence, at the same time like to feel safe in the familiar.

 

 What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

My goal is to have many children (and adults) all over the world read and enjoy my books. My dreams are that schools will stick my books in their libraries and teachers will use them in the classroom.

 

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

I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t suffer from writer’s block from time to time. Sometimes the words just won’t come. I often deal with it by going for a walk or reading a book. Chatting with a friend or family member, not even about the book, often unlocks the creative juices. Hanging around kids works as well. Once I was struggling with the ending of one of my books and getting very frustrated. My dear husband had given me a gift certificate for a massage for my birthday. While having the massage, the ending came to me as clear as could be. I raced home and typed it up! You just never know. But sitting in front of the screen doesn’t work, I have to leave it and do something different.

 

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

If you have a dream of becoming a published author, never give up on that dream. It may take a while and it will take a lot of hard work, but it is worth it! Also connect with other authors. The writing community is so supportive and encouraging. You can’t do it alone.

 

 Please, tell us about your work. 

My books feature Amanda Ross, a 12 year old Canadian girl who decides that the only way out of her boring existence is to travel. In Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, she makes a wish on her birthday for a chance to travel and gets an airline ticket to the United Arab Emirates to visit her Aunt the next day. She doesn’t even know where that is and has to look it up on the internet. Once there she meets Leah, an English girl, and before she knows it they are in the middle of an adventure that involves a runaway princess, bounty hunters, camels and a sand storm. She often finds herself wishing she were back home in her boring but safe life once again. Amanda travels to Spain to join Leah in Amanda in Spain – The Girl in The Painting, where they help a young girl, who looks like a girl in a famous painting, escape the clutches of a mean horse thief. She also visits Leah in Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, where they get lost in a maze, hide in an underground tunnel and ride the London Eye in search of a missing vintage novel. When Leah visits Amanda in Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone, they take in all the sights while trying to decipher the mysterious writing on a stone and keep it from getting into the wrong hands. No matter where Amanda travels, she can’t seem to stay away from danger. In the fifth book soon to be released, Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music, Amanda is given a precious violin to look after as she enjoys a cruise down the Danube with Leah. Things aren’t always what they seem and Amanda is not sure who she can trust. Even Leah is acting strange.

 

 

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

Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. It has been fun talking to you about my writing journey. Life is an adventure, enjoy!!


 

Contact Darlene:


Darlene’s Books:

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AJ’s personal message on ‘Girl Boner’-radio

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Writer’s Treasure Chest has become an amazing writer’s blog, and you are the ones who took it to what is is now and hopefully will continue supporting it.
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Once in a while though I permit myself to throw in a post that’s important to me in a personal way and is not or only indirectly connected to the writer’s world.
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Please let me first introduce you to a wonderful and dear friend of mine who I know for years:
The lovely August McLaughlin, a talented writer, founder of ‘Girl Boner’ and radio host.
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Last week we met and she spontaneously invited me to her ‘Girl Boner’ radio show where I got the possibility to briefly address my personal message to as many as possible women out there!
Thank you for this chance August! You rock!
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If you like to hear this episode of ‘Girl Boner’ radio, you can do so by clicking the following links:
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To find out more about August McLaughlin go to her Website and explore her work here: www.augustmclaughlin.com.
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Magical Designs

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You started a magical journey the day you put pen to the paper, and began to create worlds no one else could imagine. Now comes the moment where you are about to take that leap into the unknown, wondering if people will buy your wonderful book. The fact of the matter is, in order to capture your reader first you must have a cover that stands out. That is where Magical Designs come in. Magical Designs will create a cover that captures the essence of your story allowing your book to jump at potential readers from across the room or off their screen.

 

Magical Designs offer Graphic-, Cover- and Website Design for authors and their needs. On their Website http://www.kjmagicaldesigns.com you will find not only their services and discover all kinds of support they offer. You will as well read what some of their customers have to tell you.

 

Discover Magical Designs, and find out who they are, who is behind it and what they have to offer. You will be surprised!

 

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Aurora Jean Alexander’s new Website

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It is such a pleasure to present you my new Website. After all this time it’s finally published and I’m so proud to announce it here:

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http://www.aurorajeanalexander.com

On my Website you will find:

a brief introduction,

my bio

how to connect with me

and links to my work.

It will be a pleasure to welcome you on my own personal Website.

I’m so excited!

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Author Websites for beginners

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March 29, 2013 Kimbereley Grabas published a blog post on “Your Writer Platform”, where she mentions “11 Author Website Must Haves”.

 

 

I personally think the article is enormously important and for beginners like me very useful in a way to use like a step-by-step manual.

 

 

She mentions her 11 most useful elements with detailed description which makes the article easy to read and follow:

 

 

1. Designing Your Author Website: Ensure a Good First Impression

2. About/Bio Page

3. Contact Information

4. Email Sign Up/Updates

5. Testimonials

6. Social Media

7. Books, Products and Services

8. A Blog

9. Appearances/Speaking Engagements/Latest News/Events

10. Press Page/Media Kit

11. Bonuses/Extras

 

If you need help with your Website, I figure it comes in handy. Enjoy the blog post, and I’m sure you will find it as helpful as I do.