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Melissa Foster | A Writer’s View


I was talking with my husband the other day about how children say they are "bored" when they’re at an event that they don’t enjoy. That statement didn’t make much sense to me, and I realized it might be directly related to my profession.

As a writer, I think I view everyday actions differently than most. When I’m walking down the street, I’m thinking about the people, shops, and even the vehicles, from the perspective of how they can be weaved into a storyline. Something as simple as taking out the trash can, in my mind, turn into an abduction.

Take CHASING AMANDA, for instance. Molly Tanner got into her car in a Walmart parking lot and saw a man trying to get (what looked like) his daughter into his vehicle. The child was struggling, trying to avoid the restrictions of the seat belt. Everyday occurrence? Not on that day. In MEGAN’S WAY, when Olivia found herself in the hands of an attacker, she had started out by simply using a social network. Again, common occurrence, but it was twisted and turned into something vastly different.

Perhaps if children (and adults) viewed their surroundings with a tad bit more curiosity, they’d experience a less boredom and a little more excitement.



Want to chat about writing? Comment here and one commenter will win a PDF of both CHASING AMANDA and MEGAN'S WAY

Melissa Foster


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Megan's Way has just won the 2011 Beach Book Award for Spirituality.

Chasing Amanda and Megan's Way have both been nominated for Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards

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28 comments posted.

Re: Melissa Foster | A Writer’s View

The book sound very interesting. Thank you for giving me a chance to read it.
(Linda Hall 12:58pm June 17, 2011)

I love when people expand their skills to help others. This book sounds like it keeps you on the edge of your seat and I would love to read it!
(Darci Paice 2:59am June 17, 2011)

Love the plot of Chasing Amanda and plan on reading it! Thanks for the contest.
(Kirsten Kimball 6:30am June 17, 2011)

Sounds like a great book!
(Dawn Staniszeski 8:28am June 17, 2011)

Perhaps if we all viewed life from your perspective more crimes could be
prevented. I will be interested to read this book and how it panned out.
(Sandra Spilecki 10:33am June 17, 2011)

I would love the chance to win such an awesome book. Thank you!!!!
(Leisa Prater 12:03pm June 17, 2011)

This is my type of book. I'm already trying to figure out what happened.
(Anna Speed 12:17pm June 17, 2011)

the book sounds wonderful. i have an insaitable curiosity too. i am rarely if ever bored as i can always find something or someone to interest me .
(Tammy Ramey 12:39pm June 17, 2011)

The plot sounds great and suspenseful. I would love to read this.
(Rhonda Struthers 1:09pm June 17, 2011)

This seems to be a edge of the seat book. Love suspenseful reading. Thank you, would love to read your book
(Diane Castiglione 1:16pm June 17, 2011)

An all to familiar story in today's world. Your input sounds fantastic.
(Marjorie Carmony 2:17pm June 17, 2011)

I have found that many of the best books I have read have taken a rather commonplace happening and turned it into an engrossing story.
(Carol Gowett 2:28pm June 17, 2011)

Can't wait to read your books, They sound interesting, I have grandchildren, who thing everything is boring. When I take my 5 year old granddaughter for a walk, to her its boring, still I stop and show her the things we see along the way.
(Frances Namuth 2:30pm June 17, 2011)

Chasing Amanda and Megan's Way sound like good reads. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
(Cathy Phillips 2:37pm June 17, 2011)

Sounds like an interesting read.

My daughter complains about being bored all the times at events... :)
(May Pau 4:19pm June 17, 2011)

How many times have we all hesitated, wondering if our perception of what is
happening is correct, and then it is too late to act? I can think of a few
instances where I wish I had spoken up or done something. Hindsight is
great for figuring things out.
As far as the children complaining of being bored, they learned early on it
wasn't a good idea. If at home, I would find something for them to do. If we
were out, they would know they would get the "this is part of your education"
speech. They knew they could comment and we did try to balance things
they liked with things they should be exposed to and would hopefully like.

Both of these books sound like good reads.
(Patricia Barraclough 4:38pm June 17, 2011)

If I win great, but either way I am going to read thesed books.
(Mary Shaw 6:52pm June 17, 2011)

Melissa, the hair on the back of my neck went up as I started to read about Chasing Amanda. Every parent's nightmare and yet it's real and we all need to be aware.
Your books will be on my reading list.
(Rosemary Simm 7:48pm June 17, 2011)

Girl you start at a gripping point in the story and there's no way I don't want to find out what's next. It reminds me of those snatchings which happen in the parking lots or aisles at malls.
(Alyson Widen 8:50pm June 17, 2011)

As the saying goes: "Great minds think alike!" Wherever I am, I always pay attention to details, however I'm a little different than you. I don't put a spin on the details, due to the fact that I'm not an author. I do like to take in all the details of everything to enjoy the total "experience," as it were, and not to miss anything where I'm at. I'm always pointing things out to my husband. Since we live in the country, there's always something special to see, even when we go into town. I have been patiently waiting to read your books, and think that I am going to enjoy them immensely!! You took important topics and made them into novels. Congratulations on your awards!!! You deserve it!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:42pm June 17, 2011)

You can never be bored with a book in hand. Adding both books to my TBR list. Thanks for the contest!
(Teresa Ward 10:38pm June 17, 2011)

Powerful topics!
I enjoy watching people and coming up with their stories. I can say that with the characters out there there is never a dull moment.
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 2:50am June 18, 2011)

I can certainly imagine looking around, seeing something usual that doesn't feel quite right. Once in a while it's happened to me, but fortunately, no harm came of it. Usually I'm not a very observant person--besides getting older and having "senior" moments. But yes, studying your surroundings and the people there can certainly be interesting, if not life-saving for you or somebody else. I'll certainly see if I can find your books.
(Sigrun Schulz 4:15am June 18, 2011)

That is a very good point and why I have never had a problem with being bored (now or as a child). Your books sound really good!
(Heather Chamblin 9:44am June 18, 2011)

2 more books to add to my TBR list. Have young grandchildren again and get a second chance to show them things that parents are too busy to notice. It's fun:)
(Barbara Studer 2:35pm June 18, 2011)

(Silvana Moscato 3:46pm June 18, 2011)

Congratulations on the recognition your books have received! Thanks for the chance to read them!
(Karen Cherubino 4:40pm June 19, 2011)

As I taught my kid, "I'm bored" is not acceptable. Take a book, notebook, coloring book, or something with you because life is not always for entertaining you, but you have to find a way to entertain yourself. When I was in college I often knew which teachers would and wouldn't be okay with me taking her with me. There was a rule that she couldn't talk to me or anyone else unless the teacher spoke to her. She knew that was unbreakable, but she learned to entertain herself with her backpack without so much as a bit of noise. It served her well in life to learn that there's more entertainment in her head than in the real world around her at times.
(Christina Harrison 1:00pm June 20, 2011)

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