Sunday, February 21, 2016

Award-winning author June Foster and "What God Knew"

We're happy to have June Foster with us today talking about her book, What God Knew, book three in the Almond Tree Series. 

Neonatal specialist Dr. Michael Clark is passionate about saving the lives of premature babies. But the pediatrics department at El Camino General can't provide the care many of his preemies require. Now he wants to build a specialty hospital where he can better offer medical treatment for his young patients.
Tammy Crawford is an accomplished geriatrics RN who wants nothing to do with her sister Joella's religious beliefs. She's independent and doesn't need anyone, including God in pursuing a new job as a nurse practitioner.
When she falls in love with the intriguing Michael Clark, she must reconsider her resolve to devote herself completely to her career and not become distracted by a romantic relationship. Now the obstacles are insurmountable. She's in love with a man from another culture and a different race.
Michael acknowledges his growing affection for the beautiful nurse yet can't ignore his brother's deep racial prejudices.
Can two people who are as different as night and day find a life together?

What would you like readers to take away from your book?
I'd like readers to discover through the lives of my characters that God 
has the answers to any issue we experience. All we need is to humble ourselves before Him and seek first His kingdom.

Why did you choose to write this book?
In recent days, racial tension in our nation has worried me. I spoke with a lovely black woman who said the young, angry rioters are filled with hate, blaming others for their plight instead of finding a relationship with the Lord and putting him first in their lives. What God Knew speaks of racial tension. I figured what better way to deliver the message but to create a romance between a white woman and black man.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I had an interesting experience while during research. One day at church I had opportunity to speak to a young, professional black man, not unlike my Dr. Michael Clark. I asked him what he considered the most difficult aspect of a biracial romance. His answer had nothing to do with race, but he said socio-economic issues might be the greatest obstacle. I found that quite interesting.  

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
I think trying not to compare myself with other writers. And stay positive when the rejection letters come in.

Which books on writing have been the most helpful to you and why?
I think James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure. When I first began writing, I had no idea how to devise a plot. I followed this book religiously.

What are you working on right now?
I'm writing a novel centered on the homeless situation in the US. A lovely young volunteer falls in love with a homeless man. When the idea first came to me, I thought it might be a stretch, but so far I'm pleased with the way the story is falling into place. It is called Almond Street Mission.

Bio: An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God's power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she's seen ten contemporary romances published. Find June online at


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  1. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I love to share about my characters and writing experiences. Blessings, June

  2. You're very welcome, June! It's great to have you here!

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  4. 'What God Knew' sounds very positive, so will be your 'Almond Street Mission' . What a lovely lady you must be!! Sincerely, Phyllis