Author Kim Foster
Kim Foster is a practicing physician, a novelist, and a mom. She’s also an active health blogger and writer. (You can read those blogs here, and here.) After thirteen years stitching people’s lacerations, treating their sore throats, and checking their blood pressure, she is now about to become a published novelist, too, thanks to a brand spanking new 3-book deal with Kensington Books. Her first novel is slated for publication in June 2013.
Describe your book in 5 words
Ocean’s Eleven Meets Stephanie Plum.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Pistachio gelato, ideally eaten in Italy itself…in the city of Florence, in particular. (Since you’re asking about favorites.)
What drew you to writing this genre?
I love stories where the protagonists are criminals—heists and capers, with lots of action and a side order of tongue-in-cheek humor. But although it’s a common theme on the big screen, I don’t see it in books very often. I thought it would be fascinating to explore what motivates people to either do good or do bad…and all the shades and nuances in between.
Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?
Writing the stuff about Cat’s sister, the terrible thing that happened to her, and how hard it was for Cat to live with the fact that she could have protected her and didn’t…that was hard for me to write. I have two younger sisters and I grew up with a very strong urge to protect them. Bad things happening to my sisters have been the subject of many a nightmare for me, over the years.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
The fall is my favourite season: warm fires, apples, soup, sweaters and boots, richly colored trees. Plus my birthday is in October (just two days before Halloween—which I love, also). And did I mention I’m a mom? Three words: Back To School.
If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?
No way, I am such a chicken. I could never do the things my protagonist does—she gets herself into some pretty sticky spots. I think it’s one of the reasons I had so much fun writing about her. She’s in extreme peril, dangling from a tall building, and I’m safely at my desk with a steaming cup of coffee beside me, wondering how she’s going to get out of this one…
Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
Absolutely. Not wholesale, but little pieces of them, stitched together with other bits, like Frankenstein. Cat has a rival in this story, Brooke—she’s gorgeous, perfect, and, well, a bit of a narcissistic bitch, to be honest. Brooke is an amalgamation of all the mean girls I’ve encountered in my life.
Do your characters really talk to you?
Yes. Several years ago when JK Rowling got a bunch of flack for saying she’d always felt Dumbledore was gay, and everyone was all—what is she talking about? She knows he’s not a real person, right? And secretly I was all—I hear you, JK, I hear you.
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
The same it’s been since childhood, and always will be: Narnia.
What is your dream cast for your book?
I’ve thought about this a lot, because my book is very visual and the scenes have plenty of action, so I’ve spent a lot of time visualizing scenes in my head then madly trying to transpose that into words on the page. I created Pinterest pages, in fact, for my dream cast for the major characters, and wrote a blog post about that when I was counting down to book launch. (here’s the link to that post).
For Cat, my protagonist, I see Rachel McAdams, or maybe Reese Witherspoon. Jack (her FBI agent ex-boyfriend): Hugh Jackman or Eric Bana. Ethan (the charming art thief): Chris Pine, perhaps, or Bradley Cooper.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I would say: imagine what you would like to read. Then write that. Also, don’t worry about “writing what you know”. If I did that, I’d be writing only about medicine. In the past I did try to write stories about medical characters and storylines, but it always felt too much like work, too uninspiring. Once I ignored the “write what you know” dogma, that’s when things got really fun.
I have pretty eclectic tastes, I like music from every genre, really…but recently I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz and I have a special place in my heart for Michael Buble and Diana Krall who are both from British Columbia—where I live.
NFL football. The Patriots have been my favorite team since before I met my husband in 1997, and the Steelers have been his favorite team since childhood, so we’ve had many a divided house on game day.
Where do you write?
A coffee shop is my preferred writing space. The ambient sound, the comforting aroma, the endless supply of caffeine…but mostly I like to write in a café because there are no kids there. Well, that’s not strictly true–there are kids, of course, but they don’t happen to be mine. Which means one thing: uninterrupted writing time. (A hard-won event, in my world.)
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
I have a very organized bucket list, and a Pinterest page I started for it, in fact (sensing a theme?). I want to travel to Egypt. I fantasize about celebrating Christmas in New York City one year. And I’d love to attend a glitzy yacht party like the one in the first scene of A Beautiful Heist. Oh, and milk a cow. It’s just something I’ve never done, and I feel like I really can’t pass through this life without doing it.
Sleeping in a tent on the Serengeti, while lions walked around outside.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
During the final keynote speech at the end of my very first writing conference many years ago, Elizabeth George said: The writers who get published are the writers who persist. It has stuck with me all this time.
Everyone has a talent. Some are just more legal than others. Cat Montgomery steals jewels for AB&T, the premier agency for thieves in Seattle. Career perks: good pay, great disguises, constant adrenaline rush. Drawbacks: the possibility of jail time…or worse. Now she’s taken on a lucrative side job—recovering a priceless Faberge egg for an alleged Romanov descendant.
Though Cat is working solo, there are plenty of interested players. Her FBI ex-boyfriend is nosing around, as is her former mentor-turned-nemesis. Then there’s the charming art thief helping—or is he hindering?—her mission. If her luck holds out, this could be the case that allows Cat to retire with her conscience and her life intact. If not, it’ll be her last job for all the wrong reasons…
1 ebook of A Beautiful Heist + $20 Starbucks Gift Card