Friday, January 17, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Author June Foster

We extend a warm welcome to June today! It's a real pleasure to have her.

Is there a story behind your book Ryan's Father?
Yes. A young Christian friend of my daughter's, whose mother was absent from his life, once asked if we could talk. He described his attraction to another boy in our church yet realized it wasn't pleasing to the Lord. My heart went out to the young man. It made me realize that this issue not only exists in society today but in the Christian community as well.  Too, I have a person in my family who confesses to be gay, so I couldn't avoid the subject any longer. In the story, Ryan's less than moral mother never discovered his father's name. But since Ryan is a Christian, his true father is God, thus the title of the book.

What started you on your writing journey? 
My story is quite different from any others, I believe. I never thought about writing as a younger person. I had no interest in penning fiction and only read end time, futuristic novels such as the Left Behind series. I never even read romance which is what I write now. But after I retired from teaching school, I noticed a story lurking in my head, not a usual occurrence. I could "see" the characters in my mind and where the story took place. After several years, I happen to tell the story to my daughter one day. She laughed and said, "Why don't you write it, Mom?"

Her remark was the spark I needed. My husband and I had planned to travel in our RV about that time, so I got my Toshiba laptop and Sprint air card and began to write as we sailed along the interstates.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why? 
Of course I'd have to say Ryan in Ryan's Father. When I first became a Christian, I had the naive notion that Christians no longer had to struggle with sin. That thought only lasted a couple of months when I discovered the truth. I still struggled. As time went on, I became interested in how Christians dealt with worldly issues that plague all mankind. I suppose my training in counseling might have been partially responsible.

So when I started writing, I felt the Lord leading me to write novels where Christian characters struggle with worldly problems but overcome by His power and the Word. I've written books with characters who battle addiction, anger, low self esteem, and shop-o-holism.  The subject of homosexuality was another subject which interested me.

I have to admit, writing a homosexual male was difficult, especially since I'm a heterosexual female, but I did a lot of research and received much insight and encouragement from another author-friend, Fay Lamb.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Once when my husband and I were traveling in our RV, we did what is called "Work-camping." We worked at an RV park in exchange for our site. Joe worked on the grounds, and I ran the office part-time. CMT, Country Music Television, was doing a reality series called Gator 911. They contacted the RV park where we worked and asked if they could "plant" an alligator under the owners' RV. Of course the owners agreed. Well, the filming began with a phone call to the RV office in which I "reported" a dangerous alligator in the park. Then the crew arrived and interviewed me at the office. After the alligator was rescued, they restrained it in a trailer. As they left, they asked me to check out the "monstrous" creature. When I poked my head in, the gator snapped and growled at me though his mouth was taped. I screamed and ran behind the main actor, holding on for dear life. I hadn't expected to react like this and soon became aware of my warm face. Of course all this was on film.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
I love Mexican food because I grew up in El Paso, Texas. I've seen my share of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, refried beans, and chili con queso. So anytime I can share a meal with my daughter and her family in El Paso, I'm always grateful to go to a Mexican restaurant. Now that I'm living in Alabama, I like to prepare these dishes at home.

Chili con Queso - a Mexican cheese dip
1 large block of Velveeta cheese
1 large canned milk
3 small cans chopped green chilies
1 small jalapeno finely chopped (only if you're brave)

Cut Velveeta into cubes and place in heavy pan over low heat. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Gradually add milk to desired consistency and stir in green chilies and jalapeno. When warm and bubbly, serve with tortilla chips. Salud.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?   
Yes. I'm interested in cults which profess they are the only group which possesses truth. Or even some religions that proclaim faith in Jesus—plus a variety of other doctrines. I've written a novel, For All Eternity, in which the hero is caught up in a cult based on works. The heroine is a strong Christian woman, and the hero notices the peace in her life, something which he doesn't possess. For the novel, I took several aspects of current day cults and incorporated them into my fictional cult, the Exalted Brethren.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
I love to rise early in the morning, brew up a latte on my espresso machine, and sit at my kitchen table. There I spend time with the Lord through His Word and in prayer. My husband hung the bird feeder close by so I catch a glance of my favorite feathered friends out in the back yard while I read my Bible.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)   
I love Romans 6:6. "For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin." This is Ryan's scripture in Ryan's Father. Through a godly counselor, Ryan learns how to incorporate the truth of this passage into his own heart so he can learn God's plan for his life and be set free from the control of sin.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Yes, my next book is For All Eternity. I expect to have a contract on it shortly from WhiteFire Publishing. It will probably be out early 2015. Here's a blurb:

When Joella Crawford meets the handsome accountant, JD Neilson, she believes he's the man of her dreams - polite and clean cut with exemplary moral values. JD prays before meals, listens to Christian music, and attends church. He's the perfect Christian man. Or is he?

JD Neilson falls in love with interior designer, Joella Crawford despite his father's command to marry a woman of his faith, the one true church, the Exalted Brethren. Yet despite his efforts to gain status in the afterlife, he can't attain the quiet peace he sees in Joella's life. Can he find the strength to forsake the teachings of his childhood to embrace The Truth? If he does, will Joella accept him or has he lost her forever?   

To buy her book, go here:
WhiteFire Publishing:

About June:
June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling.

June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series:

Give Us This Day – February 1, 2012,
As We Forgive – September 1, 2012,
Deliver Us – April 1, 2013, and
Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012.

June's book, Ryan's Father, will be available from WhiteFire Publishing January 2014.

Ryan's Father is about a young Christian man who fights feelings of same sex attraction. In writing the story, I tried to portray with authenticity the character's struggles, at the same time telling the story from a Christian worldview. I know of no other Christian novel which addresses this hot button issue from a Biblical worldview. The book is appropriate for older teens and adults of all ages. 

For All Eternity, Red and the Wolf, and Misty Hollow, God willing, will be published in the near future. June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the issues in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives.

Connect with June here:

JUNE is giving away a copy of RYAN'S FATHER. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!

Caroline Brown


Deb R. said...

June, I think your book is probably going to generate some backlash but I am praying for you to be able to stand strong on the truths you know are in the Bible. I am very interested in reading your book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

June, Your post is very interesting. I would like to see how this story unfolds. There are a lot of subjects that seem no one addresses in the Christian world. Congratulations on your book.
Thank you

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed getting to know June. I'm so glad to Christian fiction tackling some of the problems Christians face in this world. pat at ptbradley dot com

sm said...

Wow! first book I've heard of on the gay topic. Well needed for our churches and believers today. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

June Foster said...

Thanks so much to Sharon for allowing me to talk about my journey to writing Ryan's Father. Blessings, June

PriviesAndPrims said...

I've love to read this and see what happens!

priviesandprims [at] yahoo [dot] com

April McGowan said...

This book is next on my reading list. I can't wait to start. The Christian faith needs more books about such difficult subjects- ones that deal honestly and openly with our (people as a whole) lack of Godly direction and very real issues with sin and healing and forgiveness.

Lisa Lickel said...

This is an absolutely stunning and amazing story. I highly recommend it for those who aren't afraid to read the tough stuff.

Boos Mum said...

Please count me in. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello to June and Carole. I sure would love to win this book and read how she challenges this topic. I do believe with GOD's help and counseling that they can overcome this. But so many say it's determined before they are born. Please put my name in the drawing. Carole can talk about the cults. Hoping to win. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Rose Milligan said...

Thanks for having the giveaway.


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