I met Darlene Foster at a marketing seminar a few months back and was very interested to hear about her books. Darlene’s character, Amanda, has made her a bestseller! And if you want to try your luck at winning one of her e-books, just leave a comment at the end of this blog.
Welcome Darlene. Tell us about Amanda and all the trouble she gets herself into. I understand there are three Amanda books.
Thanks, Suzanne, for having me as a guest on your blog. There are three Amanda novels so far and I would love to tell you a little about them.
Amanda, an average Canadian girl, wishes for travel and adventure as she blows out the twelve candles on her birthday cake. The next day she receives tickets to the United Arab Emirates from her Aunt and Uncle who live there. While there she befriends an English girl, Leah, a runaway Princess and Ali Baba, a loyal camel. As she attempts to help out the beautiful Princess, she is chased across the dessert, encounters a sand storm and captured by bounty hunters. She is not sure she should have wished for travel and adventure. Amanda in Arabia- The Perfume Flask
Amanda has the travel bug, and when Leah invites her to join her in Spain, she jumps at the chance. In Spain she meets a young girl who looks like she stepped out of a famous painting. Amanda and Leah try helping her rescue her beloved pony from a mean horse thief as they trek across Spain – always one step ahead of danger. Amanda in Spain – The Girl in the Painting
When Amanda visits Leah in England, they get lost in a maze, hide in an underground tunnel and ride the London Eye in search of a missing vintage novel that once belonged to Queen Victoria’s children. Amanda in England – The Missing Novel
Amanda’s inquisitive and caring nature gets her into trouble wherever she travels!
And that Leah, I tell you. Now, let’s be honest. Is Amanda based on a real person?
When a friend read the books she commented that perhaps Amanda was a young Darlene. I would say that Amanda is the sort of person the young Darlene would have liked to be. I grew up on a farm and only dreamt of travel and adventure. I was in my late twenties when I first traveled out of the country by airplane.
What is daily life for you? Do you have a day job, or is writing your profession?
During the day I am an Employment Counsellor/Facilitator. I teach people how to effectively look for work in a classroom setting as well as individually. I am also an English as a Second Language Teacher which I do on a part-time basis evenings and weekends. I write every evening for two hours rain or shine and consider writing my passion.
When can we expect another Amanda book?
I am working on the next book as we speak. Leah travels to Alberta to visit Amanda. While Amanda is showing her the sites, she finds a stone with mysterious marks on it. It seems a number of people are desperate to get their hands on this stone. I expect Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone to be available early 2013.
Where can we buy your books?
You can buy my print books at the following stores:
Albany Books, Tsawwassen
Black Bond Books, Ladner
Strawberry Hills Chapters, Surrey
And you can get my e-books here:
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Thank you, Darlene. This has been a great interview. Gotta go get one of your books to read. Readers leave a comment for a chance to win an e-book copy.
Thank you, Suzanne. Good luck to your readers. I would love to read your comments.