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Interview with June Foster and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I have award-winning author June Foster as my guest. I love that June wrote her first book in her RV, and that she courageously listens to the commands of the Holy Spirit over the topics on which she writes. She’s giving away a copy of her latest release! Read on to see how you can enter to win.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provide a rich source of information for her novels. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next book.

To date, June has written twenty-two contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels and novellas. She loves to compose stories about characters who overcome the circumstances 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. She’s published with Winged Publications. Visit June at www.junefoster.com to see a complete list of her books.

Tell us about your current release. The rippling influence of Ryan Reid’s less than moral mother and absent father made a mark on his soul. Yet everything changed when the young school teacher accepted Christ—almost everything.

An earthquake hurls the beautiful Sandy Arrington into his life, tossing his world upside down. When God calls him to build an annex for needy teens at his church, Ryan must face the carefully guarded secret he’s held deep in his heart. Though Sandy falls in love with him, Ryan’s forbidden affections lie elsewhere, and he must depend on the Lord to see him through a struggle he always hoped he’d never have to face. Sandy’s wealthy cardiologist father and the battle Ryan is powerless to win are hurtles to their romance. Can he dig his way out to find Sandy’s love?

Ryan’s Father is a fictional work offering love and respect toward those with same sex tendencies who want to walk away from the lifestyle. Family members and friends will enjoy reading the novel as well.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes, a hundred times yes. I’ve known several Christian people who’ve confided in me concerning their same sex tendencies and how they would love to be free. I’m convinced that the Lord put this plot on my heart to benefit others—or perhaps even one.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? Yes, specifically with this book. I realize there are going to be people who will close its covers as soon as they discover the topic. It’s hard to stand for something that’s such a hot button issue today.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I suppose that’s why I’m a plotter. Before I begin a book, I “free write” everything I know about the plot, setting, and characters. Then I write a summary of every chapter before I write the book. As I accomplish that, I still gain more insight into the characters as well as when I actually write the book so I’m able to incorporate every idea that works.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I literally feel like the Lord started me on this journey. I had never had an interest in writing, in particular fiction, until after I retired from teaching. That’s when the Lord planted the “writing bug” in my heart. He allowed me to become traditionally published after only two years of writing and learning the craft. I always joke that God knew He needed to put me on the fast track because of my age.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done? I’m an introvert through and through. I love chatting with people face to face but never, never did I want to speak in front of a group—or, heaven forbid, go on television and talk about my book. Yes, you guessed it. I was on TV once on a local Birmingham morning show. Once I got into the interview, surprisingly enough, I wasn’t nervous. But I’m not so sure I want to do it again.

Here is where you can find June online:

www.junefoster.com

www.facebook.com/authorjunefoster/

twitter.com/vjifoster

www.pinterest.com/junefoster/

June is giving away an ebook of Ryan’s Father to a reader! See below how to enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Interview with June Foster and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so pleased to have June Foster as my guest. I very much enjoyed reading about her writing style and I am so intrigued by the plot of her book Dreams Deferred – and LOVE that it was inspired by the love story of her great-grandparents! June is giving away a copy of the book, so read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. To date June has seen publication of 19 novels and 1 devotional.

Tell us about your current release. Frances Matthew Hall is obedient to family tradition: all firstborn sons will serve as a priest. Now Matt officiates at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. But when on Easter Sunday, he notices a beautiful young woman who takes his breath away, he must fight against his attraction to her or leave the priesthood and alienate his entire family.
Mary Louise Graham is a middle school teacher and devout catholic. Yet no amount of service to the community can ease the heavy load of guilt she carries. God can never forgive her unspeakable mistake. But when Father Matt tells her about a forgiving God through His son Jesus Christ, she’s free. Only thing, the Godly priest now means more to her than he should.
Dreams Deferred is inspired by the author’s great grandfather and great grandmother’s story.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Most definitely. This is my purpose in penning fictional works. My hope is readers will identify with the characters in the story and find freedom in the Lord. If it’s only one, than I’ve served the Lord.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful?  The issue has arisen in my writing journey, however, I feel God has placed these stories on my heart and in my mind, and I don’t have the option of deviating from them.

What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? When I first began writing, I was told by editors and agents that my work was too “preachy.” I considered toning down the spiritual aspect of my writing and couldn’t. I believe that Christian fiction writers should follow the Lord instead of the market in penning novels.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I’m a plotter rather than a panster so I generally have a scene by scene synopsis written down before I even start the novel. However, as I write each scene, my characters sometimes tell me to go in a different direction than I’d orginally planned. I’m always open to change and new ideas.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? This almost sounds too simple, but if I write a G (goal), M (motivation), C (conflict) chart on each character, ideas tend to flow.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? Unlike most authors, I began writing at an older age. In fact, I was a retired teacher and a grandmother. One day I noticed a story in my head and happen to tell my daughter the entire story. She said she thought I should write it, and that was the spark I needed. I wrote that novel and eighteen others to date plus one devotional. I have no doubt God orchestrated the venture!

What is your preferred method of writing? If I didn’t have my computer, I probably wouldn’t write!

Find June online at:

http://junefoster.com

https://www.facebook.com/authorjunefoster/

https://twitter.com/vjifoster

https://www.pinterest.com/junefoster/

June is giving away an ebook copy of Dreams Deferred to a lucky reader! See below how to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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