(released in Trade PB on 7/4).
Foster’s book has received high marks from the sci-fi fantasy community, compared to The Divergent Series, The Hunger Games, and Red Rising, and has swiftly placed her in the pantheon of leading YA sci-fi writers. Visual and enthralling, the Trilogy has already been optioned for film by Ivan Reitman (Up in the Air, Ghostbusters) and Michael Sugar (Spotlight, The Knick).  And her writing chops don’t just excel in the sci-fi genre; she’s also penned songs for her writing partner Michael Buble’, as well as artists from Beyonce’ and Josh Groban to Solange and Andrea Bocelli.  Plus she compiled a Rift Trilogy playlist on Soundcloud – how cool is that!
Heroine Ryn Whittaker isn’t like other teenagers who Instagram and binge-watch Netflix. She’s a genetically modified gun-toting take-no-prisoners super-soldier, designed to protect The Rifts, a series of fourteen mysterious portals that lead to a billion alternative Earths. Foster’s fantastical narrative both transports and inspires – it’s imaginative and challenging, with a badass, brilliant, break-neck heroine expressly created for the authors’ daughters. She’s chockful of character traits YA readers will both adore and adopt, using her innate combat skills to guard, and fight, whatever materializes out of The Rift, from mutants to advance humanoids.

Then there’s the guy thing…. When otherworldly Ezra Massad appears, he pierces her emotional armor.  He also turns her worldview on its axis, questioning The Rifts themselves, and the entire structure of their society, leading to uncomfortable, even dangerous answers. Ryn and Ezra are pivotal in starting a coup; in the ensuing fray, he vanishes back into The Rift. Ryn launches a plan to rescue him. But he could be anywhere in the world… on millions of worlds…  Here Foster delivers an incredibly cinematic, pulsing book with a breakneck pace, with unforgettable action sequences led by an unforgettable leading lady.

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1.What is your writing Kryptonite?

Ha! My kids, for sure. Nothing will kill the writing flow faster than carpool.

2.If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

You will fail much more often than you succeed so just keep going. Also- maybe think about writing a book about a brave young girl living in post apocalyptic America who volunteers to go in place of her younger sister to these deadly games where 2 kids from each section of the country face off against each other in a crazy televised hi tech Thunderdome match.

3.How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I guess I learned that when you finish a manuscript, in reality it is far from done. I know now that it will go through many revisions. It’s a long process but, the book will be better

4.What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I do an extensive outline before I write a single word and sometimes this can take months. Generally though, I research as I’m doing the actual writing. This could take an entire day or even a few days but I won’t really know what I need until I get there so I wait till I’m in the thick of it to do the research.

5.Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I try not to. It’s so hard though! Because I really do find constructive criticism to be helpful, especially when I’m writing a trilogy. There are some very savvy readers out there that have some great insight. There are also total jerks that are just plain mean.  When I published my first book in 2009, my local paper in Victoria, BC reviewed it. The woman who did the review was awful. She said that I had daddy issues! That I had no business writing novels and that it was all some sort of vanity project. I was heartbroken. But, I realized that not everyone is going to root for you. That there are some people that actively want you to fail, for whatever reason.  Now, when I read a review good or bad, I distance myself from it emotionally. Because if you believe the good stuff, you kind of have to believe the bad stuff too.

6.How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Six months.

7.Do you believe in writer’s block?

No. I don’t. I write every day. That day’s writing might not be as great as the day’s before but, you can’t fix nothing. And, if you go around believing that you need to be inspired or you need to wait on the proverbial muse, it’s kind of arrogant. Teacher, Doctors, plumbers, assistants- they don’t sit around and say ‘I’d love to unclog your toilet or perform your surgery, but I’m just not feeling it.’ Writing is a job like any other and if you come from a place of self aggrandizement, you will alienate the people you are trying to connect to. 

8.Are you anywhere in your books, or do you write anyone into you books you know?

I am currently working on a new project and I based a character on Ava Duverney. When I tweeted this, Ava liked my tweet. I was so excited, you would have though Jesus Christ himself had blessed me!

9.Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

No. But, I do write songs and that’s always a collaboration. Because I come from that world, I think that it really takes a team to get a great product. So, if my agent or editor has an idea, I listen and often, I will agree to it. It’s just words. I’m not a precious writer.

10.What are you working on at the minute?

I’ve started another book but It’s such early days, I’m not ready to talk about it yet because it could change!