Author Interview: Darlene Foster

Darlene FosterName: Darlene Foster

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?  No

In which country were you born, and which one do you live in now?

I was born in Canada and I live on the west coast of Canada

Which genres do you write in?

I mainly write children’s books, but I also write contemporary short stories and stories about my childhood growing up on a prairie farm.

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)

I have had two children’s travel adventure books published and one about to be published very soon.  The first one takes place in the United Arab Emirates and the second in Spain.

What is the title of the first novel you had published?Darlene Foster - Amanda in England

Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask

What is the title of your most current published novel?

Amanda in England – The Missing Novel (to be released this summer)

What is the working title of the next book you plan to publish?

Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone

Do you read hard cover, paper books, ebooks or audio? Or a mixture?

I read a mixture of types of books.  The majority of my books (and I have many) are paperback. But I enjoy my e-reader when I travel.

If you could be a character from a book, who would you choose?

Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

What is the first 300 words in your latest novel (ending with a period)?

Amanda peered out the window, through the mist, down onto smoking chimneys and blackened roofs. Her excitement grew as the airplane descended.

            ‘Here I am, at last, in the land of the Potters – Beatrix and Harry,’ Amanda thought as the plane lurched to a halt at Heathrow Airport, London.

            She followed the other passengers to the luggage retrieval. Although she had only flown outside of Canada twice before, she felt quite comfortable with the process. She took her bag off the luggage carousel and proceeded to the customs gate.

             “Hey you!” shouted someone behind her. Amanda turned to see a teenage girl with a bright pink Mohawk, tons of make up, earrings everywhere and a very short skirt. “You sure that’s your bag?”

            “Yes, I am.” Amanda looked at the luggage tag.  “See – here, this is my name.”

            “Um, so you’re Amanda Ross – from Canada I see.”  The girl examined the luggage tag. “Sorry t’bother you. Ta Ta. Stay out of trouble.”  She winked at Amanda with a dark lined eyelid, caked with mascara. She joined a teenage boy with tattooed arms wearing an England T- shirt and ripped jeans.

            When Amanda emerged from customs, she found Leah and her Dad waiting for her with balloons and flowers and a big sign that said, “Welcome to England, Amanda!”

            “Wowza!  Look at you,” said Leah as she gave her a big hug. “I think you’ve grown.”

            “I don’t know about that – but you sure have,” said Amanda as she looked up at her tall, thin friend.

            “Let’s get you out of here,” said Mr. Anderson as he took Amanda’s bag from her.  “I am sure you’re tired after the long flight and most likely hungry.”

            “It wasn’t nearly as long a flight as to the United Arab Emirates or even to Spain,” replied Amanda.

Who is your favourite character in this most recently book?

Rupert, the Maine Coon cat.

The questions from a to l are for your main character in your most recently published novel:

a) Name: Amanda Jane Ross

b) Male or Female: Female

c) Age: 12

d) Where were you born? Calgary, Alberta

e) What is your favourite colour?  purple

f) Are you married? If so, what is your spouse’s name?  not married

g) Do you have children? How many? none

h) Are your parents dead or alive? alive

i) Who is your best friend? Leah

j) Who is your worst enemy? No one, too young to have made enemies yet.

k) What is your favourite flavour of ice cream? chocolate

l) What do you fear the most? rodents

Now, back to you. A few quick questions:

Favourite colour: today it is purple but it may be yellow tomorrow and red the next day.  As long as it is a vibrant colour, I am not fond of pastels.

Favourite movie: There are so many, it might be easier to state my favourite of each decade.  Here are a few: Dr. Zhivago, Gone With The Wind, The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth), Room with a View, Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility

Favourite song: Time of My Life by Green Day

Favourite musical artist: Again hard to pick but if I have to pick one it would be our own local boy, Bryan Adams

Favourite ice cream: flavour  maple walnut

Biggest dream you hope to accomplish before kicking the bucket: To see most of the world

Toss me some links to post:

Blog/Website

Goodreads Author Page

Amazon Author Page

Smashwords Page

Facebook

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 Thank you, Darlene, for being a part of the Author Interview Feature.

If you’re an author with a published book and would like to be interviewed, visit this post to learn how to submit your information. There are four spots remaining before August 31st. See who’s up and which spots are available by visiting the Interview Schedule page.

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18 thoughts on “Author Interview: Darlene Foster

  1. When I was in Dubia they were playing Bryan Adams everywhere, in the shopping centres, grocery stores, taxi cabs etc. He was very popular and I was so proud to tell everyone he was from where I lived. He did a show there in 2000 and it was sold out immediatley.

  2. Darlene, when I read Bryan Adams, I nodded. He is one of my favourites, too. When he came to Halifax in 1985, I won a signed album off the radio. I still have it. The concert was amazing, and to this day even though I had seen dozens of acts, his was still the best. His voice for ballads is difficult to beat.

    Thanks, Darlene.

  3. This was a great interview! To be a character from a Jane Austen novel– yes, that would be amazing!
    I quite enjoyed the part were you asked questions specific to Darlene’s character Amanda. It really makes the character come to life!

    • Welcome to my blog, Cassandra. Thank you for reading. I always like to think about what my characters like and dislike; it helps me see the world through their eyes.

  4. Thank you so much Diane for the interview. The questions you asked were fun to answer. Yvonne, thanks for the comment. I am sure there are a few other Dr. Zhivago fans out there.

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