Q&A & Giveaway with Melissa Foster!

Today’s featured author is Melissa Foster, author of Megan’s Way!

Read below to discover more about Melissa and her writing… and enter the giveaway – Three Frugal eReaders will win an Amazon Gifted Kindle Copy* of Megan’s Way! Just leave a comment on this post for entry!


See the bonus entry details after the Q&A!

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Thank you for spending some time with us Frugal eReaders! Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

Hi, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for having me as your guest today.

Hmm…a little something about me. I’m addicted to writing and to helping others find their paths. I’m looking for a 12-step program, but I’ll probably have to set one up, lol. I’m married, a mom to six great kids who are all taller than me, and I love anything outdoors – festivals, playing with my kids, hiking.

When did you first know that you wanted to write? What inspired you to start?

I’m always a little embarrassed to answer this question, because I’m not one of those people who carried around a notebook at the age of five. I have always loved to write, but not like I do now. The passion I feel for writing now became evident when I was about 25. I guess I’m a late bloomer. The urge to write came on so suddenly, and with such vengeance, that I could not turn it off. I’m truly happy that I didn’t.

How would you describe the style of your writing?

My writing is a mixture of raw emotions and suspense. I probably tend to lean a bit more toward the literary fiction side, even when I’m not writing that genre. I live in the character’s heads, therefore, so do my readers.

Megan’s Way is a powerful story between a mother and a daughter, and deals with something so tragic. How did you come up with such an intriguing premise, that I’m sure touches many so closely?

Thank you, that means a lot to me. Megan’s Way grew from a real-life event with my own mother. Thankfully, she didn’t have cancer, but when they thought she did, she’d made decisions about her life, and she kept her diagnosis from me.

Mothers go to great lengths to protect their children, and the decisions in Megan’s Way—not just Megan’s, but those of her friends and daughter, as well—were controversial. I wanted to challenge my readers to see beyond the visible, tangible aspects of life, to reach beyond what they might feel they “know”, and try to move toward removing judgment and accepting others and their decisions for what lay in their hearts—even if they don’t reveal their reasons.

Congratulations on Megan’s Way being adapted to film! What were the challenges of writing this novel? What was your favorite part of writing it?

Thanks you! When I wrote Megan’s Way, the presence of the characters were very strong, so I didn’t have much trouble with the usual character development, theme, or plot, but what did cause me agida was Megan’s plight, and her secrets. I actually acted out many of the scenes as I wrote them, fine tuning the emotions, and climbing into the heads of fourteen-year-old Olivia and Megan. I wrote scenes with tears streaming down my cheeks.  Because of what I had gone through with my mother, it was easy to step into both Olivia and Megan’s shoes, as daughter and as mother.

My favorite part of writing Megan’s Way was probably writing the part of Olivia. At the time, my step-daughter was somewhere around fourteen, and I had her raw teenage emotions to draw from. I did a lot of watching and listening during that time. I really enjoyed writing in a teen voice.

You have a couple other bestselling and award winning novels. How are these similar or different than Megan’s Way? Do you have a favorite?

I don’t really have a favorite book, although Megan’s Way will always be special to me, because of my relationship with my mother. All of my books are very different. I’m a genre hopper. Chasing Amanda is suspense, while Come Back to Me is contemporary fiction, and, of course, Megan’s Way is literary fiction. My next book is a psychological thriller.

What is your creative process for determining the final title and cover for your novels?

The title and cover have to feel right to me. I’m all about trusting my intuition, so when I choose a cover, or choose a title, I let it sort of float around me for a few minutes, and if I don’t feel the connection, I move onto the next. I’m in the midst of recovering my books and branding them with my cover artist, Kate Burns, and I have found it a very curious process. I realized very quickly that what I liked, was not typical, and I really wanted that style to come through in my covers. I can’t wait to reveal them! I’m also going to include additional content to the books.

Any advice to those who hold the dream of becoming an author?

If you dream it, you can live it. No one else creates our lives for us. We have to grab hold of that paper ticket and turn it to gold. Go for it.

Would you like to share anything about an upcoming release, or anything else you’re working on?

My current work-in-progress is titled THIRTY-SIX HOURS. Here’s a brief blurb about the story:

Kara Knight has just thirty-six hours to find her way out of her obsessive captor’s delusional world. Mistaken for Roland Greer’s long-lost fraternal twin, Kara struggles to make sense in the darkness that envelops her, and plan her escape, as the hours tick away and Roland Greer plays out his plan. In thirty-six hours, at the exact moment of their birth, he will take them both into death–never to be separated again.

THIRTY-SIX HOURS is a psychological thriller that will make you question your every memory.

What is one of your favorite passages from Megan’s Way?

I really like this passage, because as we age, I think we all recognize these feelings:

Megan snuggled into the couch, the afghan draped across her legs, the pillows embracing her petite frame.  The din became a dull hum, and she was enveloped by the kindness that emanated from her closest friends.  The lavender fragrance of candles, burning quickly down their wicks, mixed with perfumes and baked goods and filled the air. Scents of the ocean wisped through the open window, intertwining the many smells into one of comfort and happiness.  How did I get to this place? Megan wondered.  After thirty-nine years, she still couldn’t believe that she was now the age that she’d always remembered her mother being.  When did this happen? When had age crept up on her, like a flower that had bloomed, vibrant and beautiful, and quickly browned around the edges, struggling to simply keep erect? There is no going back.  Gone was the energy that once revolved around what could be—wants, desires, and aspirations—and it was replaced with thoughts of what was best, what had to be.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us learn more about you and your book! I wish you the best!

Thank you, Elizabeth! I had a wonderful time answering your questions, and I’d be happy to answer questions from readers, too.

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“Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal” –Author Jennie Shortridge 

“Foster’s latest novel is in the same league as books written by such authors as Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner, and Kristin Hannah.”–Author Carrie Green

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels, Megan’s Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, and anthology. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the WoMen’s Literary Cafe, a cross-promotional site for authors, reviewers, bloggers, and readers. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’s Way.

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 lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa on The Women’s Nest or WoMen’s Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

A portion of Melissa’s book revenue is donated to Provincetown Cares.

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Megan’s Way

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)

Currently OPTIONED for FILM

What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she’ll be faced with the most difficult decision she’s ever had to make. She’ll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she’d made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.

Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia’s world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there’s nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance.

Megan’s closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.

Megan’s Way is available from Amazon for $3.99 or Borrow FREE with Prime!

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How to enter the Megan’s Way Giveaway:

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Comments

  1. Ardelle Kanode says:

    Your fragrance description alone in that quote from above is enough to make me like your writing style. I look forward to reading your book. Thanks for not ignoring your passion!

  2. Tammy says:

    Sounds like a wonderful, poignant story.

  3. Janiera says:

    Great interview! This sounds like a really amazing and emotional read. I would really like to win a copy.

  4. Linda says:

    I’d love to win this book. Sounds great!

  5. Linda says:

    OOOPS! Looks like I already have it. Sorry.

  6. Keri says:

    Great interview. Sounds like a great read.

  7. Digna says:

    Good interview. Would love to win a copy.

  8. Krissie says:

    Thank you for the giveaways!

  9. Good luck, Krissie!

  10. Debbie R says:

    I have a friend who mentioned to me she enjoyed this book. So, I am in for a chance to win.

  11. Mati says:

    Thank you for this giveaway! Great Q and A, I enjoyed it.

  12. Carla says:

    I would love to win. Hope I am one of the lucky 3 winners!!

  13. Grace says:

    This book is in my genre. Thanks a lot! :)

  14. Cindy H says:

    I wasn’t sure I wanted a Kindle until hubby gave me a Fire. Now I am loving it and all of the new authors I’ve discovered through it! I’ve added you to my list of authors to try. Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

  15. Corinne says:

    I am going to agree with Cindy H. I absolutely love all the new authors I have read with my Kindle. This book sounds like it’s right up my alley. Thank you so much for yet another great giveaway!

  16. michele says:

    this was an awesome interview. it was great getting to know more about you and i can’t wait to start reading your books!

  17. Meb Bryant says:

    Melissa, I enjoyed reading your post about Megan’s Way, especially how you observed your fourteen-year-old step-daughter. I also have a special bond with my mother, age 78.
    Congratulations on your novel being adapted to film. Be assured my daughter, mother and I will attend the movie. I’ll try to drag my husband to a girl’s night out with us.
    Thank you, Elzabeth, for an interesting interview.

  18. Christine Dumais says:

    Sounds like a fantastic read!

  19. What amazes me is your passion for writing at such a late age. I have read numerous blogs and interviews where successful writers have this tendency of writing since teenage or earlier. But you have a strong distinction among them which makes you stand out from them :)

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