Sunday, September 9, 2012

June Foster Visits With Us Today

June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in Counseling. She travels full time with her husband in their RV. She's completed four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing and has a contract with WhiteFire Publishing for her book Ryan's Father. June is a member of ACFW and two scribes groups associated with the organization. She's attended three ACFW conferences.

It's nice to have you with us today, June. Is there a story behind the first book in your Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day?

I got the idea to use short phrases from the Lord's Prayer. Give Us This Day fit with the theme of the first book in that Jess Colton deals with a food addiction. I wasn't sure about the other two books in the trilogy. It seemed that the Lord worked it out because in book two, As We Forgive, the main focus is the hero and heroine must learn to forgive others before they can become whole. In the third, Deliver Us, a female gynecologist must deal with the guilt of the abortion she had ten years ago before she became a Christian. So the title has a dual purpose. Jillian is delivered from her guilt at the same time she delivers her patients' babies. 

How did your writing journey begin?

Unlike a lot of authors, I can't say I'd always wanted to write fiction. I'd never thought about it until I retired as a teacher. Soon afterwards, I noticed a story lurking in my mind. I'd never been one to make up stories. In fact, I don’t consider myself blessed with creativity. The story continued to live in my brain. One day I told my daughter the story. Her eyes brightened and she asked me why I didn't write it. Her words were like a spark, and I knew the Lord wanted me to write. I got a Toshiba laptop, read as many "how to" books as I could and started in.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 

I think like any reader, the story makes all the difference. Before I began writing, I read only non-fiction and end-time fiction such as the Left Behind Series. Now I read in my genre and love inspirational romance - both historical and contemporary. Right now I'm reading Walks Alone by Sandy Rog published by WhiteFire Publishing. I have a hard time putting it down. I also love Latayne Scott and Athol Dickson. Naomi Musch's The Black Rose is outstanding.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Since my husband and I travel full time in our RV, we frequent a lot of Wal-Mart stores. Believe it or not, the layout of most Wal-Marts is about the same. After one of our stops, I headed toward the front of the store to the ladies room. When I walked in, for some reason unknown to me, I didn't think anything about those strange little "sinks" on the wall. After I washed my hands and began to walk toward the door, a man walked in. I think I scared him as much as I did me. This Wal-Mart had switched the layout of their men and women's restrooms.

A home on wheels sounds adventuresome. What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

My husband. I tend to live out my melancholy personality and take life way too seriously. My sweet husband is the opposite of me and is always coming up with something funny to make me laugh.

Is there a spiritual theme you like to write about? 

Since I have a Master's in Counseling, I tend to write about psychological and emotional issues people deal with. I dearly love hearing stories, especially about Christian men, who find victory in their lives through God's grace and power. In Give Us This Day, I delve into the ramifications of a dysfunctional family and a man's gluttony. In As We Forgive, the hero, a youth pastor, must overcome his lack of control over anger which was modeled for him as a child. In Deliver Us, the heroine is set free from guilt through an understanding of God's forgiveness, and the hero learns what it means to accept responsibility for his life. So, I suppose overall, the spiritual themes here are becoming whole in Christ and receiving his grace and forgiveness in our lives.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

I wish I could say it was a lovely garden or a backyard which faces the woods or the ocean. But since we live in our tiny RV, I generally sit at our little kitchen table. However, there is an upside to this. The view out my window continually changes. At the moment I have an amazing view of a farmer's field with horses and cows. Beyond, I can see the magnificent Rocky Mountains.

Can you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?  
Romans 8:38-39. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  I can barely write this without tearing up. This verse brings me such assurance that Lord will never leave us - that I will be with Him for this life and for all eternity.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

As We Forgive is out September 1 in e-book format. It's available with Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any where e-books are sold. Tim Garrett is a youth pastor but must prove himself to the elders before they'll give him a recommendation to another church for the job he feels God called him to do - to be a pastoral counselor. One obstacle after another threatens to get him fired. He has one last chance to prove himself as a camp counselor at Camp Solid Rock.

Roxanne Ratner had a past before she became a Christian. She can't trust men anymore than she could trust her father who left her when she was ten. She's dug herself in a financial hole because of her addiction to shopping. As a new Christian, she tries to hold on to Tim in the wrong way forcing him to stand up for his values and causing her to rethink what the Bible tells her about intimacy before marriage.

Tim and Roxanne must learn to forgive their fathers before they can overcome their own personal issues and live the lives God has planned for them.

Thanks for being with us today!

Give Us This Day is the first in a trilogy called The Bellewood Series, a fictional city in Washington State.  Available at: Amazon Kindle and  Desert Breeze Publishing.

June Foster is giving away a copy of Give Us This DayTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

Remember to read wherever you wander, 
The Wandering Writer,


cjajsmommy said...

What an interesting way to live. How long do you stay in one area? How long do you plan to live this way? What has been your favorite place so far? (I know, I sound nosy, but I've often though that this would be a great way to spend a year or two.) Please enter my name to win a copy of this book. djragno {at} hotmail {dot} com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Would love to win this book and follow it with the continuing story.

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This was a neat way to pick your titles. I would love to win this book. Maxie ( )

Anonymous said...

This iss one of my of my special verses. Please enter me to win this book. Maxie ( )

Teela said...

Mrs. Foster, AMEN to your fave verse! Sure am glad that God is doing the HOLDING and not me! I would like to read your book, GIVE US THIS DAY, and hope I win.

Anonymous said...

With your wit and wisdom, I need you to stop by my house! Would love to win this book; enjoy your travels and KEEP WRITING!
~Elizabeth N

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