July 1, 2011

Guest Author Melissa Foster

What a great way to start July off!!   Special thanks to Jodi and Robyn from WOW-Women On Writing, for giving me the opportunity to be be one of the hosts for this awesome writer, while she is on her virtual book tour.  Please help me give a very big and warm welcome to today's guest.  I have the honor and pleasure to introduce you to the very busy, amazing and talented author, Melissa Foster!! 

"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

Melissa Foster is the author of two novels, Megan’s Way and Chasing Amanda. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and is currently collaborating with Director Wendy Crouse, Dream Real Pictures, in the film production of Megan’s Way. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written a column featured in Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa is currently working on her next novel, and 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.

Megan's Way has won the 2011 Beach Book Festival in the Spiritual category! Casting is currently taking place in Texas for the film production, which we expect to begin filming this summer. Stay tuned for details!
Megan's Way have both been nominated for Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards

You can visit Melissa at her website, follow her on Facebooktwitter, FB Fanpage.  Chat with her on  The Women's Nest.


1. Do you have a favorite type of book? What are you reading right now?
I gravitate toward books that are very close to real life—or at least that I can fathom happening in real life. I like strong, complex, female heroines who have something big to lose. I prefer fiction, and to read books that have bigger purposes than just to entertain, although I do like those, too.

Right now I’m reading Raven Stole The Moon, by Garth Stein.

2. Where did you get the idea for Megan's Way?
Years ago, my mother had surgery and decided not to tell me that they thought she had cancer. Luckily, she didn’t, but she told me a year later that if she had, she had decided not to have treatments. Even though I was a mother, I instantly reverted back to being her daughter, and I was devastated. It took me years to wade through my emotions of feeling like she would have abandoned me, to understanding that there were larger issues at hand than just the selfishness of a daughter. In time, I came to understand, from a mother’s perspective, why she would have made that decision.

For this reason, it was easy for me to slip into both Megan and Olivia’s shoes when I was writing the book.

3. How long did it take you to write Megan's Way?
I think it was about a year.

4. You've written two novels and are working on your third. Do all your novels have a common theme?
I really had to think about this question, because all three books are markedly different, although I believe the themes that are woven through them are similar—love, family, friendship, selflessness.

5. Have you ever considered writing any other type of book? Children's? Non-fiction? Romance? YA?
Yes, many readers have really enjoyed the strength of teenage voice and I really enjoyed writing from that perspective. My fourth manuscript, Shades of Gray, is a YA / Women’s Fiction crossover.

6. Do you have a special writing room? Can you describe it for us?
Right now we are building a house and living in a temporary apartment. I don’t have a separate room, but my writing “area” is all windows and overlooks a gorgeous horse farm. In my new home, my office will overlook fields and will be bright and sunny, too. As long as I’m alone and have windows (or if I’m outdoors), I can write anywhere. I wouldn’t do well in a room without windows.

7. Have you ever had writer's block? How do you escape it?
Luckily, I haven’t encountered that yet. I figure I have another ten years of stories in my head—then perhaps I’ll fall into the dreaded writer’s block black hole, but I sure hope not.

8. Are you a full-time author? If not, what is your other job(s)? If you weren't a writer what would be your dream job?
I am a full-time author and I founded and run The Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women. Although it’s not an occupation, I like to spend my time helping women see the positive side of life. I owned and operated an HR consulting firm for many years.

My dream job is being a writer. I adore what I do and crave it on the weekends. If I weren’t a writer I would want to be a preacher of positivity. It’s a fake job that only lives in my head I’d like to spend my days helping others feel good about themselves and find the things in life that make them happy—like motivational speaking on steroids.

9. What do you do in your free time when you aren't writing?
Free time? What’s that?

I spend my time with my family. I’m pretty boring. My days are filled with exercise, my children and husband, reading, writing, and the dreaded running of errands.

10. Tell us what you’re working on now.
Coming Soon: Come Back to Me (working title)

Tess Johnson has it all, Beau, her handsome photographer husband, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.

As Tess struggles to put her life back together and deal with the pregnancy she can no longer hide, a new client appears, offering more than just a new project.

Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing Honor Killings find Beau alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.

What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.

Thank you, Cheryl, for having me on your blog today. I enjoyed answering your questions and I look forward to continuing our friendship.

I love to chat with readers and book clubs, and I’m currently running a Kindle Giveaway promotion for anyone who purchases my books. You can find details on my site: If you’d like to talk about my books or writing, please email me: Thinkhappygirl (at) yahoo (dot) com

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist living on Cape Cod, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she's faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. Megan’s illness reawakens the torment of her best friend, Holly Townsend, whose long-held secrets and years of betrayal come back to haunt her. How does one choose between a daughter and a life-long best friend? Can the secret she has been keeping be revealed after years of lying without destroying everyone in its wake?

But Megan isn’t the only one struggling. 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, even the paranormal connection she shares with her mother might not be enough to save her - her life will hang in the balance. Megan’s Way is a journey of self discovery and heartfelt emotions, exploring the depth of the mother-daughter bond, and the intricacies of friendship.

 Watch the trailer!!!

Melissa's blog tour for Chasing Amanda, will be launched at the Muffin
Megan's Way and Chasing Amanda were just nominated for Global eBook Awards

You can purchase Megan's Way on Amazon or Smashwords.


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Melissa Foster said...

Cheryl, I really enjoyed getting to know you during this blog tour, and look forward to connecting in the future. I'll check in throughout the day to answer questions your readers may have.



Marce said...

I have enjoyed following you on your tour, wish you much success.

I smiled on you being a motivational speaker on steroids :-) Your personality shows through your post, very positive.

Have a great weekend.

Hey Chery :-)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh this was fun to read! Thanks for the book info :)

CMash said...

For some reason, and I apologize for this, I am still having blog issues that blogger are still working on. Author, Melissa Foster has been trying to respond to your comments but is having difficulty so has asked me to post for her. The following is a message I am conveying from her:

Hi Cheryl,

I keep trying to comment on your blog, but I've been cut off too many times to count. I type my response - try to post it and it says service is unavailable.

Would you mind please posting this from me:

Thank you all for stopping by and reading Cheryl's blog. I've really enjoyed working with her and her blog is full of great information!

I hope you'll pick up Megan's Way, but have a hanky ready. You can always follow-up that read with Chasing Amanda, my keep-you-up-all-night second release:-)

Good luck in the giveaway, and thanks for stopping by the tour.

From CMash....please let me know if there is any further problems with postings. Thank you.