Jeanne Foguth

Biography

Though Jeanne began her career technical writing, her love of romantic-suspense, whether it be present, future or in an unknown galaxy inspired her to write the novels she wanted to find in bookstores. Since marrying, Jeanne and her husband have lived from the arctic to the tropics, as well as from yacht to off-grid mountain home. She loves using vivid colors and flowing shapes in her oil paintings as well as creating edible landscapes.
You can always find out what she is working on and/or contact her at: www.jeannefoguth.com.

Smashwords Interview

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,
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Where to find Jeanne Foguth online


Books

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'?
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)
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)
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...
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

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  • Book 1: A Wizard of Dreams on May 13, 2015

    I purchased this at Amazon and loved the story and characters. Gordon is a little boy that any mother would love to raise. Zack, who may or may not be imaginary, is his best friend. Both are wonderful characters and the world would be a far better place if more children had the joy of learning and helping others this pair of unlikely heroes does. Though the characters are believable, they have amazing, magical adventures. As Gordon grows, we learn how and why he is special and see hints that the 'stakes' are deep enough to sustain a series. I look forward to finding the time to read Amazing Grace, which is the next book in this series.
  • Book 2: Amazing Grace on May 16, 2015

    This is a great young adult book, that I read prior to giving to our grandson. I loved the characters and hope reading this sort of book helps kids learn they can be good, too. Gordon, our boy-hero, has a new friend and she is a girl with special powers very similar to his. Her name is Grace and she truly is amazing. Grace also has a best friend, Zoe, who like Zack, Gordon's best friend, may or may not be imaginary. This fast-paced tale of magic that dream-hops from places in history to spaceships, never ceases to entertain. It also makes one think about where this world of ours is going and wonder what we can do to steer it to a safer course. I look forward to reading The Quality of Mercy, which is the next book in this series.
  • Book 3: The Quality of Mercy on May 16, 2015

    When I peeked at the free sample, I loved where the author begins: Love Learning Respect Differences Protect Your Planet That sounded like an excellent plan to me. Then, the author went on, “The path to knowledge is beset with thorns." Indeed, our heroic children are 'beset with thorns' as they learn their lessons, both mortal and magical, but they are up to the task, and with luck, by the time this series is over, we mere humans might have a clue about how we, too can help heal the woes of our world. While Quality of Mercy could probably be read alone, I would recommend that the books in the series be read chronologically, as this will give the reader added depth and the first two books are great reads, too.
  • Book 4: Gifts from the Gods on May 17, 2015

    This quote seems to cover quite a bit of the theme: "they could respect difference between peoples. If they did that, the differences wouldn’t matter after a while...” I would love to live in a society like that, wouldn't you? Indeed, our heroic children (Gordon, Grace, Nick and Miranda plus their alter-egos who may or may not be imaginary) are beset with many types of people as well as magical beings as they learn their lessons, both mortal and magical, but though the stakes keep getting harder, they are up to the task While Gifts from the Gods could probably be read alone, I would recommend that it be read chronologically, as this will give the reader added depth and the first three books are great reads, too.
  • Book 5: When the Cat's Away... on May 22, 2015

    Our heroic children (Gordon, Grace, Nick and Miranda plus their alter-egos who may or may not be imaginary) are tested hared by magical beings as they head toward confrontation with those who do not want to lose power and profit from their criminal enterprises. I think this quote gives you a good idea “There was an Irish politician in the 18th century named Edmond Burke,” Zack told him (Gordon). He said: ‘For evil to flourish, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.’” Gordon thought about that. If that was true then he couldn’t stand idly by. While Gifts from the Gods could probably be read alone, I would recommend that it be read chronologically, as this will give the reader added depth and the first four books are great reads, too.
  • Star Trails Compendium on Sep. 05, 2015

    The Star Trails Compendium by Marcha Fox Marcha Fox wrote this as a work of fiction to accompany her Star Trails Tetralogy series, which I absolutely loved. As with her novels, her scientific terminology is accurate, though I am sure it is used in a fictional sense. For instance, "Ballome: Portable structures formed from inflatable epoxy that cures and hardens in the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Used for temporary outposts on primitive worlds. Most contain basic heating and cooling systems and gel insulation that protects from most climates as well as plumbing. Usually have a galley kitchen, living area and two bedrooms equipped with built-in sleeping cylls." .... to the best of my knowledge, here on earth, we don't have the technology to fabricate inflatable epoxy into anything the size of a house, though I would love to see this happen. The Compendium also includes information on star systems and an entire section devoted to Cyrarian weather, which is very useful, since in A Psilent Place Below, as well as other stories when the characters were on Cyrarian, the weather was a big factor in the story. Not surprisingly, there are also lesson plan suggestions, for the science that readers absorb as they read her Star Trails Tetralogy series - and of course, as a physics major, her emphasis is on physics.
  • The Sapphiran Agenda on Sep. 09, 2015

    Don't let the title of this great little book make you think it is about the Sapphirans, who are an alien race of little, illiterate blue cannibals. The Sapphiran Agenda is about my favorite-ever sentient plant: Thyron. The Sapphiran Agenda ties in with Marcha Fox's Star Trails Tetralogy series, which I absolutely loved. In fact, if I had been asked to find a fault with that 5 star series, it would have been that Ms. Fox didn't spend enough time with Thyron, but now he has his very own book. It is great to see how he thinks and what his dreams and fears are. As Thyron and a crew of six Sapphiran natives board their spacecraft, Cerulean Nimrod, which means 'Blue Hunter', Thyron steps into his destiny - and a story you don't want to miss.