I am a wife and a mother of three.

27/06/2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH M.A FOSTER



Hi Melissa, can you tell us a little about yourself and your work?

 I’m from Florida where I live with my husband and my shitzu, Rocky. I work full time as a bookkeeper and write stories in my free time. I have two grown sons, my youngest in college. I’m somewhat shy around people I don’t know but once I get to know someone then it’s on.

I wasn’t much of a reader in my younger years. I didn’t really start reading until about 5 years ago and then I couldn’t stop. I have a big imagination and in high school, I wrote poems and short stories but I never considered writing a book was possible.


Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them? 

 Jaybird just kind of fell into the Y/A genre because of the main characters’ age and I’m not all that happy about it. I’m pushing for N/A because I believe Jaybird is a story anyone, any age would enjoy.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned
 in creating your books? 

Since Jaybird was my first book, I’d say I was surprised how well I could tell a story. I was also impressed by the powerful magic of an editor. I’ll probably need one for this interview. lol


What is the first book that made you cry? 

Fifty Shades. LOL

What are common traps for aspiring writers? 

Knowing who to trust. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I didn’t ask enough questions nor did I listen to my gut and it cost me a lot of time and money.

What has your experience been like as a indie author? Bruises, highlights, lessons.

I’m new and I’ve only written one book. Breaking into the world of Indie is tough unless you have the right connections. I’m not the aggressive type so putting myself out there and making friends was hard. Especially, with those who have been doing this for a long time. I had no idea who to trust and in my desperation for help, I made some pretty bad decisions. I trusted the wrong people and I wasted a lot of money. However, I was lucky to make a few friends. Had it not been for them, I’m not sure Jaybird would’ve been published.


Does a big ego help or hurt writers? 

 I think having a big ego can hurt a writer. As a reader, I like to interact with an author, be a part of their world, relate to them. And I’d be crushed if one of my favorite authors turned out to be an asshole. At the end of the day, it’s the readers who matter.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

 Self confidence. Social Media. Goodreads.


Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? 

 If I’d used a Pseudonym, I’d end up changing it every time I thought of something better.There is another author named Melissa Foster so I decided to use my initials instead.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, 
what would it be? 

Stop doubting yourself and just write.

If you could spend the day with a character from one of your books who would it be and what would you? 

No doubt, I’d love to go to a rock concert with Jayla King.



What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

My writing coach.

How do you balance making demands on the reader 
with taking care of the reader? 

I’m not there with my readers just yet. I’m still working on building my audience. I’d love to hear what readers want because then I’ll know they want more. I look forward to interacting with my readers and picking their brains.

How many unpublished and half-finished
 books do you have? 

Six

Have you written any other books that
 are not published? 

None that are complete. I’m about 1/3 of the
 way finished with Book 2.

What’s the best way to market your books? 

Find a really good PR company. Interact with others authors, bloggers, and readers and get them to share. Word of mouth is always good marketing.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters 
from the opposite sex? 

Getting inside their head.

What period of your life do you find you
 write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult) 

Young Adult

How do you select the names of your characters? 

I usually pick a first name to match the character’s personality. Then I used Google to help me with the last names until I find one that fits.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you 
deal with bad or good ones? 

Yes. I’ve been told not to, but I can’t help it. I think everyone is entitled to their opinion and I try to remember that we, as authors, put our work out the for readers. Some may not like what we write. And we may not always like or agree with their reviews. I do, however, think that anyone who rates a book lower than 3 stars is just being mean. Again, as a reader, if I don’t like a book, I move on to the next. I’m not out to hurt someone’s feelings.  

Do you hide any secrets in your books that
 only a few people will find? 

Yes. Several.



What was your hardest scene to write? 

Marcus King’s funeral. I had to walk away several times. 
Now I keep a box of Kleenex on my desk.

What is your favorite childhood book?

 I had a lot of Disney and Dr. Seuss books but 
I don’t remember having a favorite.

Does your family support your career as a writer? 

Yes and not just my immediate family, but my entire family. (Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins)


If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

 Paid attention in class. Got more involved in 
creative writing activities.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

 Jaybird took me four years to finish, but in the beginning, I had a lot of distractions and I wasn’t entirely committed to it.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

 Yes and when it happens, I walk away and read a 
book or find another way to relax.

What would be your dream for any of your works? 

I’ve been told Jaybird would make a great series because of the number of characters. That would be fun.


17/05/2017

FALLEN CREST PROMO - AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Author Interview Special
with
Tijan




On the 8th May I started doing a daily promo with a count down of all the Fallen Crest books by Tijan, the covers, teasers and the book links. It started with the very first book Mason which was the prequel and it ended with the final book in the series Fallen Crest forever that was released yesterday. I asked Tijan if she would do a special interview about the Fallen crest series. So here it is, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I loved chatting with Tijan.


Q:How did you come up with the idea of the fallen crest series?

Tijan:No clue! I heard the song Sail by AWOLNATION and sat down and wrote the outline in three days.

Q: I know you have probably been asked this many times before but I have to ask. Who did you visualise as Mason and Logan when you started writing the fallen crest books?

Tijan:I very rarely ever visualize anyone as my set character. I want to say I never do, but there’s a couple new projects I’m working on that I have. With the Fallen Crest characters, there’s no one in my mind though. I really like to let the readers have their image and respect that. I’ve been that reader who had an image, then the author came out with their pics, and I was a little heartbroken because that’s not who I thought at all.

Q: When you first wrote book one in the series, did you know back then how many books there would be? 

Tijan:No. Way! Lol! When I say I didn’t know what I was doing back then, I really didn’t. I just wrote FCH and then published it because so many people were stealing it as their own on Wattpad. I had people writing their own sequels to it, and I couldn’t handle that. I didn’t want to lose it, so I pubbed it and it’s the book that started my career. I actually wrote FCH as a standalone, but the ending was a to be determined kind of thing, then I had an agent ask me to write up a synopsis for a sequel and that really got me going with Fallen Crest Family.

Q: You have kept the readers myself included hooked and you have teased us on which brother would be the luckily guy to have Sam. I am sure readers are dying to know as am I, 
did you ever think that Sam Should of been better with Logan rather than Mason?

Tijan:If I have, it wasn’t my intention at all. Sam was close to Logan and there was ‘something’ there, so I wanted to deal with it in the books. Or, I knew I had to, hence the ending of Fallen Crest Public and one of the storylines in Fallen Fourth Down. Sam and Mason have always been it, though. As a writer, you really feel the pull towards characters and it’s not something I could change even if I wanted.

 Q: Throughout the series there has been some highs and lows with the Fallen crest characters. Which high and low did you find harder to write?

Tijan:There’s a ‘high’ moment in Fallen Crest Forever that had me in tears. It’s with Sam and running, and every time I read it, I start tearing up so that one for sure. There’s also another moment in FCForever where I wrote a chapter in Mason’s point of view, where he’s about to do something and it gave me chills. Actually, there’s two moments in the book from Mason’s pov that does that. Other moments: when Sam gets beaten up in the bathroom. I don’t like that Sam got hurt, but writing that gave me some adrenalin. Then the moment where Mason, Logan, and Nate had Analise drink wine. Looking back now, I can’t believe I did that; but I went with it. The guys do some serious shit.

Q:Which one Mason or Logan? 

Tijan:BOTH! I love them both.

 Q: What would you do if you were stuck in a room with 
Logan for twenty-four hours? 

Tijan:Fight with him. I’d bicker with him to get him riled up. He’d be entertaining to me then.

 Q:Sam is very athletic running all the time, who do you think would win out of her and Mason in a race? 

Tijan:Mason is faster, but she’d win in a long distance race.

Q: Fallen crest Forever comes out on the 16th May, all the fans of the series are sad its coming to a end. How do you feel now its an end of era with the fallen crest series?

Tijan:I just hope everyone’s happy with the last book!

Q: What has been your favourite highlight of the entire series ? 

Tijan:The last book! I put a lot into it and I hope the readers can see that, but the last book is the highlight for me.

Q: What moment sticks out to you out of all the fallen crest books and why? 

Tijan:My answer would be the same as the question above about the ‘highs’ and ‘lows.’ I think I unintentionally answered it there. Lol!

Q: What can readers expect in fallen crest forever? 

Tijan:You will see! I’m not teasing here, but I don’t 
want to spoil anything either.

 Q:What would you like to say to your readers who have stayed with you on this amazing Fallen crest journey?

Tijan: Just to thank you. Thank you for loving them. Thank you for taking them into your heart. Thank you for fighting for them. Thank you for supporting them. Thank you for crying with them, for them, and because of them. I will say that if a show or movie ever happens with the Fallen Crest characters, it won’t happen because of me. It’ll happen because of the readers. You guys are just amazing.

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This has been a awesome count down to the final book in the fallen crest series I hope everyone has enjoyed this brilliant series as much as me. Remember you can always go back to the very beginning to enjoy the characters all over again.