Interview with Jeanne Foguth

What inspired you to write your first book?
After the birth of our second child, my husband and I decided that one of us should be an 'at home parent'. Since his benefits were better and I could work free-lance, we decided that he would continue working. About this time, we purchased our very first PC a Delta Gold, with a 10 mg hard drive. We thought it had more space for data than we could ever use.
Yeah, we laugh about that, too.
Anyway, while I was an at home mom, I wrote policy and procedure manuals and computer user manuals, but I was also frustrated and needed an emotional outlet. So, I started 'playing' with fiction. The first book was dreadful, but I had fun writing it, so in between freelance contracts, I studied and practiced writing fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first novels (suspense-romance) were originally published by a regional publisher, then in 2004, the publisher chose to change their guidelines and imprints plus several other things were going on in my life. I decided the only reasonable thing to do was cancel the four publishing contracts and get my rights back. It took a while, and I was eventually successful but it was very stressful.
In 2005, I declared that the only way I would ever return to publishing fiction was if I didn't need an agent and could self-publish. With that, my husband and I moved aboard our brand-new ocean-going catamaran and headed for the deep blue sea.
Upon returning to the US in 2012, a fan asked if I would return to writing, now that I no longer needed to worry about salt water corroding my computer or the supply of electrical power... I repeated that the only way I would ever do that was if I could self-publish. And for a very brief moment, I thought that was the end of that topic, instead I was introduced to e-readers and indie publishing.
Imagine being able to have a device no bigger than a book, yet have access to thousands of books through it! I'd been limited to 3 books on the boat, and could really have enjoyed one of those.
I checked self-publishing out and decided to do it. First, I republished the original four I was having a lot of fun so I finished writing the Chatterre Trilogy and began The Sea Purrtector Series, where Xander, Catamondo's Sea Purrtector lives aboard Whispurring Winds, a catamaran which bears a striking resemblance to the floating home I once took an extended sabbatical aboard,
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords seems to be set up to help authors succeed, which only makes sense because when their authors are successful, so are they.
Suggestions like embedded links to make it easy for fans to find the next book make a lot of sense, as do preorders, box sets, etc.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the books by J. R. R. Tolkien, James Clavell and Judith MacNaught. While none of them were particularly prolific, they all wrote books that would keep me up all night.
Published 2015-08-27.
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Books by This Author

Me-Yeow!
Series: The Sea Purrtector Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,910. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Catamondo's Council asks Xander to investigate the last six names of possible Moreau clones. Unfortunately, they are India, which is on the other side of the world. Will he finally be able to stamp the file 'case closed'?
Latitudes & Cattitudes
Series: The Sea Purrtector Files. Price: Free! Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Xander de Hunter is a rising star on Catamondo's kick-boxing circuit and has dreams of becoming a Purrtector, but in Seattle, Xander must face his biggest fear – water.
The Vi-Purrs
Series: The Sea Purrtector Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,240. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The Daily Mews reports continued violence in the Dominican Republic Purrtectorate. Xander discovers that the Moreau situation is still affecting the ability of Catamondo to purrtect cats. Worse, the office of the Purrtectorate seems to be involved. Will Xander be able to save the integrity of the Purrtectorate and restore peace?
Fire Island
Series: Kazza's Chatterre Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,140. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Tem-aki Atano fell through a rift, when the star bridge was destroyed, and now must find a way to survive on an island, which worships Fire Dragons. Draco Cameron O-Ryan, must figure out a way to keep the dragons, which are hatching near an extinct volcano at his island's core, dormant, so that they do not destroy things, yet keep the faith alive. But the beasts are hatching...
Purr-a-Noia
Series: The Sea Purrtector Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,630. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Catamondo and Dogdom's peace treaty is in jeopardy. In Haiti, witchcraft and voodoo seem to be involved in a plot to hex the Purrsident. Will Xander be able to restore the peace?
Thunder Moon
Series: Kazza's Chatterre Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,390. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Will Thunder be able to close the star bridge before the dragons invade and destroy his world?
The Red Claw
Series: The Sea Purrtector Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,340. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(4.89 from 9 reviews)
Dame Esmeralda, the Purrsident's littermate, has been catnapped. Xander de Hunter hurries to Jamaica to help rescue her, but C'Pause, captained by Valentine, a bulldog, follows Xander. Was the catnapping a trap?
Star Bridge
Series: Kazza's Chatterre Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,840. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Nimri's tribe believes in magic and Larwin is a colonel in a high-tech war-based society. Star Bridge chronicles the conflict between Nimri and Larwin, and, by parallel, the conflict between their ways of life.