We’re changing it up today on Indie Author Friday. Darlene Foster is sharing her exciting collection of children’s travel adventure books. Join Amanda as she journeys around the world and experiences new cultures and a few mysteries. Aren’t these covers beautiful?
Twelve year old Amanda Ross finds herself on an elegant riverboat with her bestie, Leah, cruising down the beautiful Danube, passing medieval castles, luscious green valleys and charming villages. When she is entrusted with a valuable violin by a young, homeless musician during a stop in Germany, a mean boy immediately attempts to take it from her.
Back on their cruise, Amanda struggles to keep the precious violin safe for the poor prodigy. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious monk, a Santa Claus look-alike, and the same nasty boy.
Follow Amanda down the Danube, through Germany, Austria and Hungary, as she enjoys the enchanting sounds of music everywhere she goes. She remains on the lookout though, wondering just who she can trust.
What do you wish you’d known before you were published?
I wish I had known that although it is possible to get published, it can take a long time. I think if I had known how long it would take, I would have started the process sooner. I got into the writing game a bit late. However, I believe it is never too late to start writing!
What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?
After publishing my first book, Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates, I sold a copy of the book to a woman who had been raised in the UAE. She approached me later and told me how much she loved the book. She then asked how long I had lived in the UAE. I replied I had only been there on a two week holiday visiting a friend. She was surprised and said it made her feel like she was back home when she read the descriptions in the story. That meant so much to me and motivated me to write more.
What do you love most about the writing process?
I love how it all comes together. No matter how frustrated I get, how I think I will never get another good idea or when the editing becomes a slog, it always comes together! It is magical. When I hold my newly published book in my hands I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. Even though I have had six books published, his happens every single time.
What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?
It’s not really a cookie so I hope it counts. It is a Nanaimo Bar. Cookie on the bottom, custard in the middle and dark chocolate on top. Everything I love and it is so yummy. I can supply the recipe if anyone wants it.
How would your best friend describe you?
I wasn’t sure so I asked her and this is what she said –
First and foremost, I would say that Darlene is charismatic, thus she draws people to her. A real people person who thrives on personal interactions. She is patient, loyal and kind. Darlene works very hard at keeping in touch with family and friends. Relationships are the keystones of her existence. She is a good communicator, both orally and in the written word. Thus, her career as a writer. Darlene seeks new adventures which is evident in her level of travel, not to mention her move to Spain after her retirement. Always engaging, never boring, – that is Darlene.
Wow! Now I have a lot to live up to.
If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
I would be Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She is clever, witty and knows her own mind. She has a great relationship with her father, doesn’t suffer fools and cares deeply about her family and friends. And she gets to marry Mr. Darcy in the end!!!
Thank you so much for this interview. Loved answering your questions.
Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Canada, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. She worked hard to make her dreams become reality. It’s no surprise that she’s now an award-winning author of children’s travel adventure books. She divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, in Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.
Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone
Amanda in England – The Missing Novel
Amanda in Spain – The Girl in the Painting
Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask