Melissa took time out of her crazy busy schedule to send me an interview I had requested.
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
I really don’t think there is a best way, when both traditional and indie each have their own benefits.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
When I have time to read (which is few and far between), I enjoy women’s fiction and romance, with an occasional suspense tossed inj.
How do you approach starting a new book?
My characters come to me fully formed, and on a mission. Sometimes they simmer in my mind for months (or even years) before I get to their stories. And they almost always change their direction from my brainstorming days to my writing days. I am a total pantser, so my approach varies, but usually it starts with me sitting back, opening my arms (literally) and my heart (figuratively) and saying, “Talk to me. Where do you want to go.”
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
For plotters, Skin the Cat is a great one! I wish I was a plotter. It seems like such a smart way to go about the writing process. But my characters are too rebellious for plots and outlines.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
Playing Scrabble with my son, taking the family out for ice cream or spending quality time with my amazing husband!
Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?
Oh yes! My mother is a true heroine. She’s overcome a lot in her lifetime, she’s brilliant, and she’s raised seven very strong, productive, loving children. She’s my number one heroine for sure! And my husband is definitely a man others could learn from. He’s giving, trustworthy, loving, strong, and the most empathetic and supportive man on the planet. I still get all gushy about him after all these years (can you tell?).
Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?
At fourteen I started a clowning business. It was tremendous fun.
What was your best date ever?
My husband and I went to NYC for our anniversary weekend without our six kids a few years ago, saw a show, went to restaurants, hung out at a nightclub, took a horse and carriage ride through the park, and totally forgot what the word “time” meant. It was wonderful.
Tell us something you are really proud of.
Having a wonderful group of “sisters” who are not blood related.
Having written books readers adore.
Hitting 3 million books sold.
Can you confide something you wish you were better at?
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
I want both in one man 🙂
Chocolate or chips?
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
The Ability to duplicate myself…oh what I could accomplish with two of me!
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Beer or wine?
There are too many to name!
Publication date: November 9th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
TRU BLUE is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women’s fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.
“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner
“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely
He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover…
There’s nothing Truman Gritt won’t do to protect his family–Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother’s overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she’s left behind. Truman’s hard, he’s secretive, and he’s trying to save a brother who’s even more broken than he is. He’s never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he’s less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people’s lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman’s dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he’ll be faced with his toughest decision yet.
“You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that’s fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won’t want to stop reading. Every book’s a winner!” NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
TRUMAN GRITT LOCKED the door to Whiskey Automotive and stepped into the stormy September night. Sheets of rain blurred his vision, instantly drenching his jeans and T-shirt. A slow smile crept across his face as he tipped his chin up, soaking in the shower of freedom. He made his way around the dark building and climbed the wooden stairs to the deck outside his apartment. He could have used the interior door, but after being behind bars for six long years, Truman took advantage of the small pleasures he’d missed out on, like determining his own schedule, deciding when to eat and drink, and standing in the f**king rain if he wanted to. He leaned on the rough wooden railing, ignoring the splinters of wood piercing his tattooed forearms, squinted against the wetness, and scanned the cars in the junkyard they used for parts—and he used to rid himself of frustrations. He rested his leather boot on the metal box where he kept his painting supplies. Truman didn’t have much—his old extended-cab truck, which his friend Bear Whiskey had held on to for him while he was in prison, this apartment, and a solid job, both of which were compliments of the Whiskey family. The only family he had anymore.
Emotions he didn’t want to deal with burned in his gut, causing his chest to constrict. He turned to go inside, hoping to outrun thoughts of his own f**ked-up family, whom he’d tried—and failed—to save. His cell phone rang with his brother’s ringtone, “A Beautiful Lie” by 30 Seconds to Mars.
“F**k,” he muttered, debating letting the call go to voicemail, but six months of silence from his brother was a long time. Rain pelleted his back as he pressed his palm to the door to steady himself. The ringing stopped, and he blew out a breath he hadn’t realized he’d trapped inside. The phone rang again, and he froze.
He’d just freed himself from the dredges of hell that he’d been thrown into in an effort to save his brother. He didn’t need to get wrapped up in whatever mess the drug-addicted fool had gotten himself into. The call went to voicemail, and Truman eyed the metal box containing his painting supplies. Breathing like he’d been in a fight, he wished he could paint the frustration out of his head. When the phone rang for the third time in as many minutes, the third time since he was released from prison six months ago, he reluctantly answered.
“Quincy.” He hated the way his brother’s name came out sounding like the enemy. Quincy had been just a kid when Truman went to prison. Heavy breathing filled the airwaves. The hairs on Truman’s forearms and neck stood on end. He knew fear when he heard it. He could practically taste it as he ground his teeth together.
“I need you,” his brother’s tortured voice implored.
Need me? Truman had hunted down his brother after he was released from prison, and when he’d finally found him, Quincy was so high on crack he was nearly incoherent—but it didn’t take much for f**k off to come through loud and clear. What Quincy needed was rehab, but Truman knew from his tone that wasn’t the point of the call.
Before he could respond, his brother croaked out, “It’s Mom. She’s really bad.”
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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