"When we watched a movie, we were like a litter of puppies — everyone sacked out around the room," she said.
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Foster was a stay-at-home mom, to provide the stability of a parent at home. And she started writing on evenings and weekends. She finished her first book, now called "Chasing Amanda," a child-abduction mystery featuring a clairvoyant protagonist set in and around Boyds. "Megan's Way" was her second book, but was published first.
Both books have sold well, particularly as electronic books, and earned reader awards. "Chasing Amanda" has done particularly well.
"I sold 30,000 (electronic) books in September," she said.
Her third book, "Come Back to Me," was released earlier in November.
Foster wants to encourage other people to write. The Aspiring Authors program is one way to encourage kids to develop their writing skills. But she's also pushing back against the increasing amount of time kids spend in front of an electronic screen.
"I want to give them something to do other than play video games," she said. "We've become such a plugged-in world. I feel it's important not to lose our creativity."
In January, Foster will bring the program to Williamsport Elementary School.
About the author
Author: Melissa Foster of Williamsport
Title: "Megan's Way"
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Price: $14.95; $.99 ebook
Website: www.womensliterarycafe.com; it is also available online at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.
Available locally at: Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro; It may be borrowed from Washington County Free Library in Williamsport.
More: Aspiring Authors is one way Melissa Foster tries to give back to her community. She also hosts two websites:
WoMen's Literary Cafe (www.womensliterarycafe.com), connecting readers, authors and aspiring authors.
The Women's Nest (thewomensnest.com), providing a support community for women, with free medical advice, lifestyle advice and financial advice.