#RNA60 Special Feature with Caroline Bell Foster @cbellfoster #RomanceFicton

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❤️Welcome  

Welcome back to my Romantic Novelists Association feature. We had a slight technical hitch with the blog and I lost all my prepared posts. Now am back on track and I will have a different author on the blog, talking to me about their books. It is to help celebrate the sixtieth birthday of the RNA and to raise awareness of how it might be a great fit for you if you are an author.  I hope you enjoy the features over the next few weeks. Be sure to give the authors a follow on social media and add the books you fancy from the selection of great authors to your own TBR.

❤️Romantic Novelists Association 

The Romantic Novelists’ Association was founded in 1960 to both celebrate, and demand respect for, romantic fiction. Founder members included Denise Robins, Barbara Cartland, Elizabeth Goudge, Netta Muskett, Catherine Cookson and Rosamunde Pilcher. The first President of the Association, Denise Robins, noted that although romantic fiction gave great pleasure to many readers, the writers almost felt they had to apologise for what they did. The RNA was going to put a stop to those apologies and, instead, celebrate and promote romantic authorship.

Since 1960 has RNA has awarded prizes to the best in romantic fiction, and has nurtured new writing through the New Writers’ Scheme.

In 1966, an early Vice President of the association, Elizabeth Goudge, commented that ‘As this world becomes increasingly ugly, callous and materialistic it needs to be reminded that the old fairy stories are rooted in truth, that imagination is of value, that happy endings do, in fact, occur, and that the blue spring mist that makes and ugly street look beautiful is just as real a thing as the street itself.’

Today, the RNA continues to support and champion the authorship of romantic fiction that shows the value of imagination and the possibility of a happy ending and also celebrates the broader spectrum of romantic fiction that explores the more challenging aspects of relationships and human experience.

Website: https://romanticnovelistsassociation.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RNAtweets

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Romantic.Novelists.Association/

❤️ The Pussycat Trap: 3 stories in 1: The Feline Fix * The Kitty Effect * The Tabby’s Wish

The Feline Fix

After Wendy Wilde made the biggest mistake of her life, her boss sent her home from the lab in disgrace. She was ordered to balance her work and home life by Valentine’s Day or find herself another job. Forced to let loose and have fun, Wendy meets Detective Chief Inspector Callum Forde and tells him about her To-Do list. But first, she has to find out who else is feeding her cat. And why does the detective disapprove of her list so much?

The Kitty Effect

Not only did Argentinian playboy Mateo have to chase after Willow Wilde – the one that got away – to England, he also has to deal with an unforeseen surprise. Once there, Mateo’s protective instincts came out in full force upon stumbling across an abandoned cat and her kittens. Together, Mateo and Willow embark on a crash course on parenthood, in more ways than one.

The Tabby’s Wish

Instinct told millionaire Bentley Myers that his sister’s bridesmaid, Millie, was not who they thought her to be, and he was right. She was worse. Watching closely, he soon realised he needed to get her away from his family and finding her asleep in her car gave him the best chance to do just that. However, who knew that a simple abduction with good intentions would get so complicated? Now, he found himself looking after her, a strange cat, and an over-enthusiastic giant puppy.

❤️Caroline Bell Foster

When I described myself to my friends, I called myself an introvert, and they laughed so hard I should really be offended!

I am an Amazon bestselling, multi-award-winning BAME British author, of diverse romantic fiction and named as one of the most influential people in culture & entertainment in the East Midlands, and listed in the Top 100 Most Influential Creatives in Europe.

Although born in Britain, I’d spent my formative years mostly in Jamaica with a long detour through Canada and Kenya. I married my college sweetheart, David and we have two amazing kids, although we’re ruled over by Nay Nay Boo the cat. I’ve come full circle and live in Nottingham, just 12 miles from where I was born.

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Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey, please?

I was one of those people who went through life not really knowing what I wanted to do, yet was always finding something to write in my diaries.  

In my early twenties, three relatives passed away within a short period, and in my grief, I wrote. Four months later, I had a huge 140k manuscript and a semi-healed heart. I was still living in Jamaica at the time and away from my core family.

Tripping over that manuscript one too many times, I decided to send it to a publisher to see what would happen. Luckily, it landed on the right desk, as I’d printed it off single-spaced and spent a fortune having it bound! Something you should never ever do. They called me in, told me I had a gift for storytelling and advised me to learn the techniques of the craft. I did several creative writing courses at university and one very special one-on-one tutelage with a retired journalist/author who had taught at Oxford. I signed with LMH Publishing and became their youngest author to sign. That original manuscript, Caribbean Whisper’s became my second novel published.

I physically stopped writing when I returned to England and concentrated on settling my family, yet I always had characters developing and demanding to be written in my head. I am what is known as a Hybrid Author as I am both traditionally and independently published. LMH Publishing have first ‘dibs’ on any tropical themed novels I may do in the future.

I gained my first Amazon bestseller status with my independent title, Call Me Royal, have published nine novels and been the only ‘Brit in the box’ with several international bestselling anthologies.

With themes of substance and diverse characters, my novels defy convention and celebrate modern-day Britain with several titles set primarily in the East Midlands, where I share my love for the three main cities and the surrounding ‘shires’ with my readers.

Can you tell us how you became involved with the Romantic Novelists Association and what it means for you to be part of it?

When I returned to England, I missed the support of the creative community in Jamaica. I was a little lost.

With a friend, I attended a writing conference in Loughborough. Sue Moorcroft was speaking, and she spoke straight to my soul. I enrolled with the RNA as a full member within days. That was over twelve years ago, and I’ve been a member ever since.

I currently run the RNA Nottingham chapter alongside Vasiliki Scurfield, and we meet the third Friday of each month. We try to cover structured topics like editing and dialogue etc. but that can become difficult with us all being so enthusiastic and invested in each other’s characters! Non-RNA members are welcome.

I’m also the Diversity and Inclusion officer with Liam Livings. Our role is to ensure every community has a voice, is represented and feels safe within the organisation.  I’m so proud of the direction the RNA is moving in.

What was the inspiration behind your latest release?

Several years ago, I wrote Amazon Top 20 The Cat Café. Since then, I’ve been asked to write cat-themed novellas for several international boxed sets.

February 11th 2020 I’ll be launching sweetly romantic The Pussycat Trap which is a feline (of course) themed anthology and includes two previously published novellas and one new title. The Pussycat Trap is available to pre-order on Amazon.

The Pussycat Trap: Who knew it would only take the pitter-patter of a cats paws to melt the hearts of these powerful men.

Do you find it hard to let your characters go when you finish writing the book?

Oh, my goodness, yes! So much so, that with my independent titles I allow them free rein and they appear in other titles! Felicity ‘Fliss’ Pecora, first made an appearance in Call Me Royal, then had her own title with Call Me Lucky and has since appeared in other titles. She is one of my favourite characters, but shh, don’t tell the others’

What was your favourite read of 2019?

2019 was a challenging year for me. I found that I couldn’t invest my emotional energy with any reading or writing, so I simply read my previous works and appreciated how fabulous my characters are!

Do you read other romance authors and who would you recommend?

2019 was a challenging year for me. I found that I couldn’t invest my emotional energy with any reading or writing, so I simply read my previous works and appreciated how fabulous my characters are!

Was there a point in your life that a book helped you get through, if so which one?

Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman.

Is there anyone that you would like to mention and thank for their support of your writing?

The RNA of course, especially the Nottingham and Leicester chapters, we are all great friends and supportive of each other.

I’m one of very few BAME authors in the UK, and as such, it can be a lonely place. Imogen Howson (RNA Vice President) is wonderfully supportive and understands how overwhelming it can all become sometimes.

If you had the power to give everyone in the world one book, what would it be and why?

Great question! Can it be two?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I have re-read that book so many times. The descriptiveness gives me goose bumps every time I read it. Who wants to go through life without experiencing literary goose bumps?

My second choice would be, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The rawness and honesty of this book are humbling with themes prevalent today. Racism, female independence and family life. Caged Bird is timeless.

What are you working on now?

I have an almost completed interracial contemporary romance, called Love to Belong. I’m not sure what to do with it yet. Shop it around or self-publish? That has always been my dilemma. I’m so impatient I like to get novels out to my readers and move on to the next storyline straight away. But we’ll see.

Quick blurb: Chilli Laurent is a young social networking influencer with followers in the millions. She meets jaded French winemaker Arno Tournier, on a train and ends up on his lap! Later that night, Chilli sees the rude Frenchman and without his permission includes him in her video vlog. Arno grabs her camera, and during their tussle, Chilli ends up on his lap once again….

I love where this storyline has taken me.

Lastly, do you have any questions for your readers?

I love writing cat-themed novels. What pet would you like to see written about?

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❤️Final Thoughts

Thank you to Caroline for taking part in my special feature. 

Happy reading,

Kelly

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