At our first meeting we were thrilled to host Darlene Foster, children’s author, as our special guest. She was in town from her home in Spain. She writes a series of books about a 12 year old Canadian girl called Amanda who has many adventures travelling around the world with her parents: Dubai in the United Arab Emirates; Madrid in Spain; London in England; Calgary, Alberta in Canada; and even on a river cruise in Europe.
We discussed idea generation for stories. A great topic for our first meeting!
Darlene shared with us where she gets the ideas for her stories. She said that when she visits a country, she observes the people around her and when an idea suddenly sparks in her mind she follows it through until a book is formed. She closed her talk with a reading from her most current book.
From discussion to practice, we spent thirty minutes dreaming up and writing new ideas. After tea we shared our creations. One lady, who was visiting from the States, wrote a fantastic piece about her elderly mother that left us breathless.
It was an honour to have Darlene at our club, embarking us on our writing journeys with professionalism and thorough enjoyment…..Thank you Darlene!
Books by Darlene Foster (published by Central Avenue Publishing):
- Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask (2010)
- Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting (2011)
- Amanda in England: The Missing Novel (2112)
- Amanda in Alberta: The Writing in the Stone (2014)
- Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music (2016)
- Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind (Coming soon, Oct 2017)
Darlene’s website = www.darlenefoster.ca
Her Blog = http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com