Dennis: When did you begin to write?
Feather: I probably started when my folks bought a portable Royal typewriter, when I was around ten. If I remember correctly, it was shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed. But I was first and always, I SONGWRITER. I didn't switch over to "prose" per se, till I was many moons older.
Dennis: You have a series of articles titled The lecture experience parts I, II and III.
What kind of information is provided in these articles that may help other writers?
Feather: I have been doing a lot of lecturing to various groups during the past three or four years - and have learned a LOT. I organized some of those thoughts which might prove helpful. But the most important things I have learned are a) each group is different; b) one size does NOT fit all, and c) I must always be flexible in both my approach and my expectations.
Dennis: What prompted you to write about the death of President James Garfield in
your book titled Garfield's Train?
Feather: I wanted to follow up my book on the OLD First Ladies with something presidential (since I am a presidential historian by avocation - i.e. non-academic; I am not a professor.) I also wanted to keep it NJ-based, since that is where I live. Besides, his nomination, election, assassination and death is a really interesting story!
Dennis: Where can your books be purchased?
Feather: Any of the on-line booksellers. Or, if somebody wants a personally autographed copy, they can contact me through my website at www.featherfoster.com
Dennis: You have a newsletter. What kinds of information can be found for those who may wish to subscribe to it?
Feather: My "newsletter" is not really a newsletter per se. It is merely a monthly notation of where I will be appearing, or other items of pertinent information. But anyone can sign up thru my website.
Dennis: You web site is www.featherfoster.com. Please provide an overview of your
site and how it may interest or help other writers.
Feather: I have created a website primarily to focus on my own books and appearances. I've had several compliments on it (which I duly pass along to my web-lady), and perhaps other writers might like to use it for inspiration. I do not offer any advice on writing, however. I believe all writers are entitled to follow their own muses.
Dennis: You have a blog titled Commander-In-Chief. Please provide a synopsis of this blog which may interest other readers and writers.
Feather: I'm having lots of fun with CinCs, which I hope will become another book in the foreseeable future. I've created a series of essays, 500-words or so, in a very informal and chatty style, about Presidents from Washington thru Eisenhower (I never go past Ike), in their capacities as Commander-in-Chief. It is being used for a monthly newsletter entitled "SALUTE", published by Red Engine Press. We were just advised that this newsletter was recently awarded MWSA 2007 Special Recognition Award for Best Military Internet Newsletter.
Dennis: Is there anything you would like to add to this interview?
Feather: I hope that any of your readers who are interested in history will check out my website, and perhaps might be interested in checking out one of my books!