We have with us today, June Foster, one of our own contributors to Infinite Characters. She has several books published and even more in the process of publication. One recently came out with WhiteFire Publishing that she’d like to tell everyone about.
Here’s what I know about June:
June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day – February 1, 2012, As We Forgive – September 1, 2012, and Deliver Us – April 1, 2013, and Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012. June’s book, Ryan’s Father, is available from WhiteFire Publishing January 2014. Red and the Wolf is available April 2014. For All Eternity and Misty Hollow, God willing, will be published in the near future. June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the issues 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.
Now, June, can you tell us a little more about yourself?
I am a mother, grandmother, and retired teacher. I didn’t start writing until in my sixties. I’m still not sure why God waited so long to call me to this crazy job of being an author. To date I have five books published, two more waiting on contracts, and one which I’ll self publish with my special critique group. That includes you, Mildred, my friend.
Yes, and I’m looking forward to getting these Fairy-Tale remakes out there. Mine isn’t written yet, but the other ladies have done a fantastic job with theirs. You won’t want to miss these stories. Look for the first one in March. At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony tells a wonderful story of salvation and is based on Beauty and the Beast. June Foster’s Red and the Wolf comes next and you guessed it—it’s based on Little Red Riding Hood.
Tell us three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Well, I was on reality TV, I lived in Europe for three years, and my great grandfather was a Catholic priest. (Think about that one!)
Wow, June, those are all things I didn’t know. You surely can’t claim to have led a boring life now. You’ll have to explain that third one to me, though.
Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
I was an avid reader. I loved the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew Mysteries.
The Bobbsey Twins were also some of my favorite stories from way back when. I was fascinated by the idea of one family having two sets of twins. It sounded like such fun. So when you read those stories, or later as a teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
This is another thing that might surprise readers. I never had a desire to write fiction as a child or a teenager, or an adult. Only after I retired did I get the strong desire to write. I felt as if I couldn’t not write the story that danced in my head.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I hate to admit this, but I walked into and used the restroom in the men’s room at Wal-Mart. I promise, I didn’t mean to. My husband and I RV’ed for quite a few years and frequented lots of Wal-Mart’s. Most Wal-Mart’s are laid out the same. As you walk in the store, the ladies’ is on the left and the men’s on the right. Well… I soon discovered not quite all were set up that way. My face turned red when as I was washing my hands, I noticed those men thingies on the wall. Then a man walked in before I could dry my hands.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love reading end-time prophecy stories such as The Left Behind Series.
Ryan’s Father was the most difficult book I’ve written so far but the most rewarding in the sense that I believe God will use this story for His glory. Here’s a blurb:
Ryan Reid is a first-grade teacher and a Christian with a heart for neglected kids, but a chance encounter during an earthquake with Sandy Arrington, a beautiful young nurse, rocks Ryan’s carefully guarded world and unearths the secret he has 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 battle he always hoped he’d never have to face.
I’ve read this book, and it’s well-worth the read. I truly hope it becomes a best seller. Tell us about the journey to getting Ryan’s Father published.
I pitched this book to probably ten different publishing houses and a couple of agents. All said “not for us.” Then Roseanna and David White at WhiteFire Publishing said they’d be interested. WhiteFire is not afraid to publish Christian books with sensitive or controversial issues—subjects we Christians would like to avoid sometimes. I will always be grateful to WhiteFire for taking a stand on this hot button issue. I might say that one of the Christian publishing houses that rejected Ryan’s Father published a novel on the same subject. However, in the story the heroine must come to terms with her gay brother and his friend. She is chastised for not accepting their homosexual relationship. I couldn’t find that view of homosexual behavior anywhere in the Bible.
Hmm, maybe because it isn’t there? What inspired you to write this particular book?
When I write my novels, I want to entertain but at the same time communicate an important truth the Lord sets forth in the Bible. In Ryan’s Father, Ryan is a young Christian teacher who grew up with no father and a less than moral mother. He begins to realize he doesn’t have an attraction to women and eventually must admit he struggles with same sex attraction. The story tells Ryan’s journey in dealing with the sin of homosexuality. I have a person in my family who is openly gay. But Ryan’s story was inspired by a precious young Christian teen, friend of my daughter’s in high school, who confided in me that he felt attraction to another boy in our church.
Since you started writing later in life than most do, I’m curious how long you wrote before you sold your first book?
I was very blessed. I got my first contract after eighteen months. The book was published two years after I started writing.
And that shows the quality of your work. Most authors wait much longer than that. So tell us, June, where can readers find your books on the internet?
There is a YouTube for Ryan’s Father you can watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ThTBny-D9Q&feature=youtu.be
Also, you can find June’s book on Amazon by clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/luwzexp
And on Barnes and Noble by clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/orzkefm