Hello campbellsworld visitors.
Welcome back to WordPress Wednesday.
I’m proud to say that things here in campbellsworld are fully functional once again and in celebration I’ve got a wonderful guest here with me this afternoon. Her name is Darlene Foster, and way back in the beginning of June she answered my call for guest authors, and then when my blog, and then my computer went down she along with many others who will be featured during the next couple of days waited patiently while things got sorted.
So, without further delay I give you, Darlene and her wonderful interview.
First, in your own words tell us a little about you.
I am a Canadian author who has written the Amanda Travels series featuring a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places where she encounters mystery and adventure. Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. There are seven books in the series so far. I have had a number of short stories published in anthologies and have written a bi-lingual book for English/Spanish readers. I grew up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, where I dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. I also believed in working hard to make my dreams come true. Over the years, I have had wonderful such as an employment counsellor, ESL teacher, recruiter and retail manager, and wrote whenever I had a few spare minutes. I am now retired and write full time. When not travelling, meeting interesting people and collecting ideas for my books, I like to spend time with my husband and entertaining dog, Dot. Dreams do come true.
Where do you live?
I live for the most part in a beach town on the Costa Blanca of Spain, although I still spend time in Canada as well. I love the sunshine and relaxed lifestyle in Spain and it’s a great place to write my books.
Who are the special people in your life?
In no particular order, my husband of 42 years, our adorable dog, my son and my daughter, my four amazing grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, my 90-year-old mother and my two brothers. Also my in-laws, my aunts and uncles, my many wonderful cousins and friends far too numerous to list. I am lucky to have a lot of special people in my life.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a Spanish rescue dog named Dot who I love very much. She a Bodequero, part Jack Russell and part Fox Terrier with possibly some whippet or greyhound. She can run like the wind. We go for long walks on the beach and through the neighbourhood parks. She is so sweet, gets me away from the computer and is great company.
What keeps you going? I mean, like what inspires you and keeps you moving forward in your work?
People in general. When people read my books and tell me they enjoyed them, I feel motivated to keep writing. Kids especially inspire me. They are so bright and eager to learn. I recently had a conversation at the pool with a nine-year-old boy about Greek and Norse mythology. That certainly inspired me to write.
What is your favorite song?
All I Have To Do Is Dream by the Everly Brothers
What is your favorite movie?
This is very difficult as it changes over time but my most recent favourite movie is The Book Thief. But I could also have chosen, The English Patient, Remains of the Day, Chocolat, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Doctor Zhivago or Gone With the Wind to name a few.
What is your favorite book?
This is also hard but I’ll go with Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery as I just love the character of Anne Shirley.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite quote?
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
by Maya Angelou
What is your favorite affirmation?
I wake up happy and excited every single day.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Negative people. Particularly people who are always finding fault in others. Life is far too short to be negative, especially when there is so much positive stuff going on.
What do you think your best strengths are, and how do they help you in your work as a writer?
I have very good communication skills, I am empathetic, creative and a hard worker. All skills required to be a writer.
What are your weaknesses, and how are you making them stronger?
I have difficulty saying no, which means I take on too much and it causes me stress. I am trying to overcome this as I realize most people are very understanding when you say that you are unable to do something. But it is a work in progress as old habit die hard.
What is your dream for the future, and how does it relate to your work as a writer?
My dream for the future is that everyone will get along. We are all different but that doesn’t mean anyone is less than the other. I do believe that travel and education can be instrumental in eliminating prejudices. I hope that my books about travelling to other countries, in some small way, will encourage readers to experience other cultures and embrace differences. Here is a quote from a much better writer than I – “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education, they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones.” Charlotte Bronte 1816 – 1855
What is your preferred way of communicating, and how can someone reach you if they wish to buy from or work with you in some way?
I like to communicate through email email@example.com or any of my social media sites
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/DarleneFoster/e/B003XGQPHA/
Before you go, is there anything you’d like to add about yourself, or your work that I’ve not asked?
I would like to add that my next book, Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action will be released on September 3 and is available on all bookseller sites and in many bookstores.
In Holland, Amanda gets involved in searching for a missing gardener, rare tulip bulbs, and a home for an abandoned puppy, all while seeking clues as to why her great-uncle didn’t return from the second world war. Is Amanda capable of finding these missing things without putting herself in danger?
One reviewer said, “Darlene does a great job combining history, cuisine, architecture and in this case, botany, from new countries in a way that children will enjoy.”
Thank you so much for this great opportunity!