What inspired you to write your memoir?
The several-years-long experience of myself and my wife as foster carers after we retired from our previous professions at age 65.
About your Book:
An elderly couple become foster carers in their mid-sixties. If this book had been written as a novel, most of the characters in it would have been considered too outlandish to be credible. The Foster Factory describes how David and Marsha Learmont dealt with kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, tractor-maniacs, and children who stabbed him and burned down their house. It offers a compendium of broken family lives in the world today, described by David with “what remains” of his sense of humour and his “diminishing supply” of faith in mankind. Reviewers have been kind enough to say it is witty, acerbic, sardonic, sad and hilarious. A non-fiction book with two intrepid oldies.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
It is published in paperback as well as kindle and nook book. Published by Andrews UK Ltd in 2015.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It requires a more reportage style of writing, as opposed to imaginative fiction.
I started off as a teacher of French and German and then was an expatriate teacher of English as a foreign language, working in such places as (West) Germany, the Persian Gulf (as it was then), The Arab Emirates, Cyprus and Hong Kong. For many years I was also a freelance journalist, writing regular columns in The Gulf Times (12 years) and The Cyprus Weekly, as well as odd pieces in Pravda, The St Petersburg Times, Malta Now, and others