|June and her husband in front of their beloved motorhome.|
Anne: Our interview today is with June Foster, author of four inspirational romances, including her most recent, Deliver Us.
Good morning, June! My first question, as always, is: What inspired this book (Deliver Us)?
June: Probably the same thing as the other ones. I have a passion for characters who deal with difficult issues but overcome them by God's power in their lives. Deliver Us has a strong pro-life theme which I stand behind.
Anne: You write contemporary romances, but what do you like to read?
June: You would think that since I write romance, that would be what I read. Instead end-time fiction, such as the Left Behind Series, is my favorite.
Anne: As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
June: Never. That is another strange thing about me. I wrote academically in college and with my job, but never fiction. It was only when the Lord put a story on my heart that I began writing. I knew nothing about the craft and started reading every "how to" book I could get my hands on. I'm continually learning.
Anne: How long have you been writing, and how long before you sold your first book?
June: I began writing in January, 2010, and sold my first book September 2011. I kid around saying that God must have put me on the fast track to publication because He knew I don't have as many days on earth as my younger colleagues.
Anne: Would you tell us a little about how your typical day goes?
June: I get up in the morning and read my Bible, accompanied by a hot cup of coffee. Then my husband and I do a devotional and pray together. Since I'm retired from teaching, my schedule isn't as rigid as it once was. I try to go upstairs to my office for a couple of hours. Since my husband is on Eating For Life, I do a lot of cooking. Then, God willing, I try to do one of my exercise tapes - stretching or aerobic walking. Then it's back to the computer and more writing. Some days doing the wash or going to the little country grocery store near our house keeps me busy all day.
Anne: How do you create your characters?
June: I get a picture of a famous person I think looks like my character. Then I fill out a character chart describing every detail about this character. I interview him or her, asking pertinent questions relating to the novel's plot and see what answers they give me. I examine their goals, motivations, and conflicts. If I know anyone who's like my character, I try to figure out how that person would react and what they'd say in various situations.
Anne: Would you like to tell us about your next releases?
June: I wrote one book about a young woman who falls in love with a Christian homosexual man. Yes, it's true. Ryan's Father will be out in January of 2014. Another one I wrote calling it The Way Home, but I hear the name is soon to be changed. It's the story of a Christian woman who falls in love with a handsome accountant she believes would make the ideal Christian husband. In reality, she discovers he belongs to a non-Christian cult, but it's too late. She loves him and doesn't want to give him up.
Anne: Wow, June. You are really one prolific author. God bless you for handling the difficult subjects in such a tender manner--I can say that before I ever read the books because (1) I know you and know you couldn't hurt a flea if it were biting you, and (2) I know where you stand with the Lord, that you always choose to write to please Him. I am so proud to be numbered among your friends. Thank you for being here with us today, and God bless you big bunches!