Jon Foyt


Striving for new heights on the literary landscape, along with his late wife Lois, Jon Foyt began writing novels 20 years ago, following careers in radio, commercial banking, and real estate. He holds a degree in journalism and an MBA from Stanford and a second masters degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. An octogenarian prostate cancer survivor, Jon is a runner, hiker and political columnist in a large active adult retirement community near San Francisco.

Smashwords Interview

How might a Novel start?
A Sense of Place

By Jon Foyt
Just as in any movie or play, the stage needs to be set in order for the story to begin. Writing a novel is no different. The reader needs to see in words the sense of the place where the story is to start. That way, when the characters enter, the reader has a feeling for what they are seeing and experiencing as they react and bring the reader along with them.
Almost every location has a history, short or long, surface or depth. The characters will be aware of such background, even if the place information appears as brief as when a car or train passes by—for something is there and it is being passed by. Here is where the story line (and nascent plot) get underway, as the characters, existing in their environment, unfold.
For history references in America, local—that is specific to the stage setting—is best, but often the writer needs to paint a more historical picture, perhaps back to the Civil War, or even American independence. But only through the eyes and the mind of the main character in the process of setting the tone for his or her mood or mind set. How the character thinks of this bit of history—favorable or critical—becomes a trait of that character as he or she approaches the story line.
For examples, I cite the openings of two of my novels, The Landscape of Time and Marcel Proust in Taos. But you may differ and want to argue with me, your opinions I would welcome.
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Time to Retire
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 51,840. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Mystery and Romance abound in this novel set in an active adult retirement community. Follow local reporters, Willy (himself nearing retirement) and Sally, as they investigate the suicide of a prominent resident and the lifestyles of aging retirees.
The Sculpture of Time
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 49,680. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Our ninth novel is a 21st century adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winters Tale set in present-day Northern California, specifically in the exclusive Bohemian Club in San Francisco and in the equally exclusive Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio 70 miles to the north on the banks of the Russian River.
The Times of Your Life
Price: Free! Words: 14,400. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Short stories from a married couple who are veteran published novelists, some fiction, some non-fiction, some...well, you decide.
Romancing the Ruins, a Film Treatment
Price: Free! Words: 9,620. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2010. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Get Ready for a dramatic visual. Get Set for the authors’ film treatment based on their novel, The Architecture of Time. Go for this rollercoaster read.
Ocotillo Omen
Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This short story will give you the talking points, so that on your next museum visit you can pose perceptive questions to the Curator about provenance and authenticity of the artworks. Lee Roberts will also instruct how to deal with the FBI.