Plotter or Pantser? Total Pantser and proud of it.
Tell us about your family. We have six kids; five boys and one girl. Our house is loud, funny, and ridiculously wild at times. I love it just the way it is. My husband is also a giant kid, so that just makes it more fun.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what? Absolutely! Loud as can be, and a mix depending on the novel I’m writing. I listen to anything from golden oldies to Top 40 or country.
What books have most influenced your life? Jodi Picoult’s earlier novels and The Lovely Bones. I’d say they influenced my writing more than my life.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula? I never use a formula.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about? I’ve just begun my first series; The Snow Sisters Series. They are about two sisters, Danica and Kaylie Snow, as they navigate the landscape of their lives in their late twenties. It’s funny, spontaneous, and romantic. The first book in the series, THE OTHER SIDE OF ME, will be out later this year.
Do you play any sports? I’m too old to play now, but when I was younger I played whatever my brothers or neighbors played, from football to basketball, dodgeball to kick the can (is that a sport?). Oh, and of course, Karate.
What are you passionate about these days? Equality for everyone.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Can you please rephrase the question? I’m not sure what that “r” word means.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they? Yes, stop worrying about if your book will sell and concentrate on writing the best damn book you are capable of.
Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it? I’m sorry, the moment you approached the whole age thing I had you on **ignore**
Have you attended a high school reunion? What did you learn? No, I’m afraid I’ll learn that none of us aged wellJ
How do you react to a bad review of your book? They sting. There’s no doubt about it. So…I usually read it 20 times, evaluate the worthiness of the criticism, and if the review mentions areas of concern that I feel are accurate, I take note to work on those aspects in my next book. If it’s just a malicious review, I read it two or three times, throw a silent stone or two, then move on. Every book is not for every reader.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why? Oh yes, so is the title. I cannot write about people I don’t feel that I know. My characters have to have the right name – one that feels connected to the character. I also need to know their backgrounds, likes and dislikes. It’s like meeting a friend. The first thing you want to know is how to address them.
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know? Morning, because I wake up ready for a great day and excited about what it might hold.
What would we find under your bed? Nothing but my pet monster.
Beatles or Monkees? Why? Can I choose both? I love the Beatles because I grew up listening to them, but the Monkees are so darn cute that I’d hate to leave them out.
New York or LA? Why? Definitely New York. No worries about not being blonde enough, cute enough, skinny enough – there seems to be more diversity in New York, and I love diversity.
What makes you happy? EVERYTHING! LIFE! Ice cream, brownies, my family and friends, when I meet non-judgmental people, reading a good book, writing a great scene, waking up with a new character in mind, the wind in the spring, the snow in the summer.
What is the next big thing? You’ll have to ask Oprah J
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words. Exciting, inspiring, and exhausting
What one word best describes you? Effervescent
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? If they could get me on a plane, then Greece.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why? Extravert, because anyone who thinks otherwise certainly hasn’t met me. I talk to everyone. I’m interested in most things and people. I’m not afraid to dance in the rain or down the middle of the street.
Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out? The corner ice cream store or Provincetown, Mass.
Do you have a Website or Blog? Yes, www.melissafoster.com
What do you find most rewarding about writing? Receiving notes from fans who connect with my characters or find inspiration in my stories.
The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms--and her own beliefs--when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.
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)
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
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader's Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda
Come Back To Me
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist,
2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist
2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist
2011 Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards, FinalistTop 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post
PUBLISHER'S MARKETPLACE: Melissa Foster
Member: Maryland Writers' Association
Member: Independent Author Network
Advisor: Alliance for Independent Authors
Member: League of Extraordinary Authors.