29 July, 2012

Special Feature :: Interview with Melissa Foster

*** SPECIAL FEATURE - July'12 ***

Megan's Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women's Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

Chasing Amanda
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women's Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink

Come Back to Me
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist

An Interview with Ms.Foster

DDS: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Everyone knows I love chocolate, but they may not know I’m a fruit and veggie addict. I love being outside and get snarky when I have been inside too long. I’m a hippie mom and let my kids stay up way too late just because I like hanging out with them, and I miss my brothers on a daily basis.

DDS: What got you into writing?   
A passion that was unavoidable. I could not run from the desire to create stories. 

DDS: What was the hardest part about writing?  
It’s really hard to motivate myself to exercise when I’m enjoying my job so much.

DDS: Tell us about World Literary Café (WLC)
The World Literary Café is a literary community built on the premise of giving more than you receive. WLC is where readers and authors unite! We provide education for authors, cross-promotional opportunities, and avenues to connect with readers. Readers will find open chats with authors, free books on a daily basis, and great promotional events. We also cater to bloggers, reviewers, and literary services, bringing connections and promotions, all under one umbrella.

DDS: What’s Women’s Nest all about?  
The Women’s Nest is my labor of love. It’s a community for women from all walks of life. We provide support for each other, share advice, and generally share our days. The Nest is like having a gaggle of sisters who are always there and always care. 

DDS: What would you say is the USP of “Fostering Success”?  
Fostering education for authors everywhere. Fostering Success is the educational arm of the World Literary Café, and it’s designed to pay-it-forward with author education.

DDS: Writing, WLC, Women’s Nest, Fostering Success and you are also on the advisory board for the Alliance of Independent Authors!! And, let’s not forget your personal life. How do you manage it all?
I love controlled chaos. Having grown up with six brothers, it’s all I know. I’m a supreme scheduler, too, so it’s easy for me to keep the pieces of my life organized. I also think I’d be bored without my mind constantly puzzling about something. 

DDS: I bet that there must have been times when it felt a bit too overwhelming. What makes you take on so much and why?  
Yes, there are times that it feels overwhelming, but usually that are when I’m not getting enough writing time in, or my family is being put on the back burner. 
I take on a lot because there are many things I enjoy doing. Helping people is something that brings me great joy, and I decided years ago that I would never be someone who turned others away because I was too busy. There are always a few minutes to answer an email or take a call, and even if I can’t set aside time to review books or beta read for friends, I can help in other ways. It’s also really important to me to help writers understand and spot scams, and understand the ins and outs of this ever-changing publishing world. 

DDS: One advice for bloggers.
Oh, I SO love my blogging friends!! Advice? That’s hard to give, because most bloggers that I know are wonderful at what they do and generous beyond belief. Hmm…. join the World Literary Café’s Author-Blogger connection! The more, the merrier!

DDS: One advice for authors.
Write what you feel. Then put it down and read it in hard copy. Edit and polish until it shines. Hire a professional editor even if it means no Starbucks for six months. Care about the product you are putting forth. Readers deserve quality books. Then… join a writing community. Support will make your writing life more fulfilling.

DDS: Enough of serious talks… tell us 5 Random Funny things about you and your life.
Okay, here goes:
I hate fat free ice cream but eat it because I have the metabolism of a slug
I sleep with a stuffed animal I’ve had since I was five
I only buy character toothbrushes because brushing your teeth should be fun
I love to talk to groups, but hate to be looked at
I believe in ESP

DDS: Quick Choices:-
Fiction or Non-fiction: Fiction
Book or Movie: Depends on the night… Book unless it’s a date with hubby
Beach or Hills: Beach
Dusk or Dawn: Dusk… um, Dawn… Dusk… Dawn… Shucks
Pasta or Pizza: Pasta

DDS: Anything else you would like to say to your readers/fans? 
I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Seriously, as I write, I have images of my readers in my mind, pulling my stories forward and guiding them down their paths. Thank you, from the top, bottom, and middle of my heart, for reading my work!! xoxox

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Buy Her Books:

Now for the most amazing news! The Giveaway!
Ms.Foster is offering you 'Buy 2 get 1 free'. Which basically means that if you buy 2 of her books, you can get the third one for free. Just send in your receipts showing the purchase of the two books to: thinkhappygirl (at) yahoo (dot) com
Also, each week during the Special Feature, she will be giving away Signed Copy (US Only) of  Megan's Way and an Ebook (Open Internationally)!! 

1. There's only one compulsory entry to qualify for this Giveaway. Please sign up for Melissa's Newsletter, confirm your subscription & leave us your e-mail id (in the rafflecopter entry). We will be checking.
2. If the compulsory entry is not completed properly, additional entries of that person will not count.
3.Following my blog is not an entry option here, but I would appreciate it if you do follow anyway! 
4.The signed copy is US only. So it is open to US Citizens or who can provide us with an US mailing address.
5. Ebook is open to everybody.
6. I will be selecting the winner through Random.org every Saturday and will be sending an e-mail. They have to reply with their mailing address/e-mail id within 48 hours, or I will select another winner.
7.Please do not leave your e-mail id in the comment section.

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