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I’m happy to welcome author and home maker, Brenda Foster to the discussion.

Brenda refers to herself as The First Lady of Fiction. She is a self-published author and currently resides in sunny Jacksonville, FL. with her saucy husband, feisty McCaw, and brazen Shi Tzu.

From where do you draw inspiration?

Inspiration pounces on me from out of nowhere! I’m usually minding my own business when it happens, and bam! Ideas show up, characters start speaking to me, names spell out in block letters, and settings manifest from all sorts of places. I sleep with a pen and pad nearby. I’ve been known to write in the dark!

What is the hardest thing about your creative process?

Other people interfering with what I do. Don’t tell me to get a job, I already have one!

 

Do you work every day, or only when inspiration strikes?

I write something every day. It could be a quote, an article, a few paragraphs or chapters in my current book.

How do you feel about the current art market; or art climate? 

I feel it’s booming. However, I don’t know if it’s moving in the right direction. Only time will tell.

If you could change one thing about the art world today, what would it be?

I don’t think I would change anything. If you want to succeed in the art industry, you just have become more creative than the next person.

Talk a little bit about your current project and why you decide to embark on it.

I’m currently working on novel number 4 titled, Just Married. I got the idea off the back window of an SUV while driving home from the market. A couple who was recently married had written on there with soap. I didn’t know people still did that. I put my own spin on the idea by adding that the couple, Elle, and Raymond Tulip in my book are literally, Just Married! It’s a battle of the Tulips!  I won’t say more than that.

How does being a woman impact your work? 

Now that I’m a home-maker don’t nag me about work. Isn’t this what men want, someone to stay home and cater to them? I stay home, cater to my husband, and write books. My whole life is everything books plus family. I’m happy with that.

If you had the chance to address a group of young girls, what would you say to inspire them?

I would say to them, know your worth. It’s okay to think highly of yourself. Get out of cliques and get into books, sports, dance, or music; anything but neighborhood cliques. It’s okay to have friends and like boys, but know who you are separate from them