Lee Foreman

Biography

I am a 21 year old first-time mommy residing in Northern VA. I am happily married to my wonderful husband whom I have been with for five years. Poetry is my gift from God. I have been writing poetry for years and will continue to do so for as long as I live. I had one of my works selected to be published in my high school literary magazine for the year of 2009-2010 for hundreds to read. Every since then, I knew my poetry should be shared with the world. My poetry has brought me a sense of joy, peace and comfort; and I want my readers to have those same feelings after reading my work. So sit back, get some coffee and enjoy a look inside my world...

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I have two younger sisters, one 18 years old, and one turning 12 years old December of 2013. However, throughout my childhood my family moved around ALOT. Usually because my parents could not afford to pay the rent and we would eventually be evicted. Although my parents were married, my mom was a single mom. You can say she was a single mom in a marriage. My dad was a truck driver, but he also would have affairs outside of their marriage, which put a lot of stress on the marriage. The pain that our father put us through, inspired my earlier writing, which dealt with a lot of pain that I was harboring at that time in my life. My mom was my motivation and still is my motivation. Although she had a husband who wasn't committed to her or his family for that matter, she still kept her head up. She worked two jobs (even had three for a period of time) to make sure food was on the table, and that we had clothes on our back. My mom would always say "Just because you are going through, doesn't mean you have to look like it." She maintained herself and expected high things from us. I remember when I was in school and it was report card time. If I had a "C" she would give me this sideways look and tell me she want to see better next time. And Oh God!! Don't let her see a "D"!! She would fuss (and I wouldn't hear the end of it). After her fussing session she would remind me of how she absolutely HATED signing a report card with a "D". She would sign it quickly and then proceed to write a one page letter (wonder where my writing came from? LOL) to my teacher asking her what I needed to work on, and if I can have extra assignments to study and learn. Yes, my mother didn't play. She was an awesome mother even though she had marital problems she was going through. My mother is an awesome writer, and that's where my gift came from. So as I stated earlier, my early writing was influenced by pain I experienced as a child.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mother and aunt!! My mother had been telling me for years, since I was a young teenager, that I should publish my writing. Well one weekend in August, my mom and aunt had come to visit my husband and I. Ironically, it was on my great-grandmother's death anniversary. I was reading some of my work to them, and after they finished listening, they said "Shanicqua, you have to publish these!!" My gift of writing was passed down four generations. It started from my great- grandmother, then passed down to my grandmother, then my mom, and now me. My mother never had the opportunity to publish her writing because she had a family to take care of. I remember my mom and aunt telling me it is not meant for me to keep my writing to myself, but for people around the world to read and experience. I had my work published in my high school literary magazine, but I really didn't think too much of it even though only the best of the best writers got published in that magazine. My aunt gave me some beautiful mother of pearls pearl set. She told me I could wear it while I was speaking around the world talking about my books. The day they left, I started looking up traditional publishers. However, I was having no luck; and not to mention the price was not affordable for me at that time. I wanted to publish as soon as I could. I went onto Smashwords because I always bought books from this site, and I saw that I could publish myself for FREE!! I was instantly excited. I went and compiled some of my writing that dated back to 2008 when I was only 16. I reviewed that writing and made grammatical corrections and all other necessary corrections to make my writing look polished and professional. I was so nervous, as I didn't know how well I would do in the writing world. I love being an indie author because I control EVERYTHING. I don't have to worry about doing what someone else tells me to do. I enjoy writing and look forward to doing it for the rest of my life.
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Books

Family First: A Post-Military Wifes Journey
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
Take a journey through a post-military wife's eyes. Take a walk with me as I talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with being a military wife.
The Ones You Thought You Knew
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,610. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
You know that saying, "Things aren't always what they seem?" Well take a dive into the lives of close friends who thought they knew everything about each other. Turns out, THEY HAD NO IDEA...
Cherish: If Only For A Moment In Time
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Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Everyone has that special moment that they will cherish for always; or even that special someone that will always remain dear and close to their heart. Take a journey with me as I express some of the most cherishing moments that one will ever experience... Dedication to my millions of fans!!!
Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Series of fictional poems and monologues that depicts situations that are often held behind closed doors. WARNING: Does contain explicit material.
Show Me What Love Is
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Series of Love/Erotica poems; erotica tales from a woman's husband whose spirit comes back to make love to her. Poems on different expressions of love. My personal sexcapades and love stories from my personal encounters with my husband. Also includes an explicit real life sexual encounter between my husband and I during my husband's military career. Which one is it? That's for you to figure out.
Keep Living, It Gets Better!
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Price: Free! Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These are a series of poems that were put together over a period of four years dealing with my spirituality. Writing these poems have brought me great joy and comfort. As you sit back and read my words, I hope that they bring you great peace, comfort, and joy, no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.

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Smashwords book reviews by Lee Foreman

  • Ten Things Worse Than Rape on Sep. 10, 2013

    This was a short read, but the point was reached beautifully. As a fellow poet, I love reading poetry the comes from people's hearts. I love how you listed things that can be worse than being raped. I know at the climax of it all, it seems like nothing more can be worse than getting taken advantage of. But once you sit back and realize, it really could have been worse.