I had the pleasure of e-meeting author Melissa Foster a few months ago. As someone who someday (someday, as in the far, far, far distance future) would like to try her hand at writing a book, I was instantly inspired by Foster’s story. Her debut novel Megan’s Way, about a mother-daughter team who must face an uncertain future and their own inner demons when the mother is diagnosed with cancer, resonated so much with me.
I have the opportunity to talk with Foster about her book. Check out our interview below! She’s also graciously offered to give one lucky reader a copy of her new book. To enter, simply leave a comment below along with your email address. A winner will be chosen on Wednesday afternoon.
1. Tell me a bit about your background as an author…
I knew 18 years ago that I wanted to be a writer, but I was working full-time and had small children at home, so I had to wait for the timing to be right in order to write full-time. When my youngest (we have six kid) went to kindergarten, I began seriously writing. That was about four years ago. I have owned an HR business for over twenty years, have been a Director of Human Resources and Administration, and currently write an on-going column in Women Business Owners Magazine. I also developed and run The Women’s Nest, a social and support site for women. Writing has always been an integral part of my day, whether it was writing policies, marketing materials, newsletters, it has always been constant. But writing novels is where my heart lies, and that’s what I do full-time.
2. Describe Megan’s Way. What inspired the book? What was your writing process like for this book?
Megan showed up rather powerfully when I was in the midst of writing The Knowing, my first novel (which I am now rewriting). Megan started with a seedling of an idea that had been festering in my mind for years. Many years ago, my mother had surgery for what she had said was benign cysts. What she didn’t tell me is that they thought it was actually cancer. Several years later, she revealed that, along with the bombshell that if it were cancer, she had made the decision not to undergo treatment. That’s how the main storyline of Megan’s Way was born.
3. What do you see as the keys to your success as an author?
I think success as an author is derived from having an impact on your readers. I receive emails daily from readers telling me how Megan’s Way has touched their lives – sometimes they’ve lost a loved one, had a paranormal experience, or can relate to one of the characters – whatever their reasons, those touching emails are what drive me to continue writing. My readers make me successful, I just write to get my stories out there and touch readers’ lives, and that’s what makes me happiest, too:-)
4. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write, write, write! Don’t be scared of who is going to think what about your book. We all have fears, and those fears can either paralyze you, or you can jump in feet first and write the best way you know how. If you are happy with your writing, you’re probably writing well. Take time to sit back after you write and reread, edit, and share with others. Welcome criticism as ways to better your writing, and keep going. In other words, as Nike says, “Just do it!”
Update: Congrats to our winner, AnnaLeese. Happy reading!