In my other life I am Mimi Foster Realtor

In my other life I am Mimi Foster Realtor


Things that motivate my writing

Much of the time I am Mimi Foster Realtor. While I sell real estate all over Colorado Springs, my heart has long been excited with the homes in the Old North End. For over a decade my husband and I updated many Victorians in downtown Colorado Springs. It was those thousands of hours that inspired a lot of my writing and vision for what is and what might have been. During much of our reconstruction of these older homes, I became enchanted with the notion of what it might be like if the walls could talk in the homes that I was selling or that we were working on.

Mimi Foster RealtorRecently, one of my clients blessed me with a tiny pair of ice skates. I can’t explain it, but to me they were magical. So magical that they have found their way into my next book, THUNDER STRUCK, Book 2 of the Thunder on the Mountain Series set in Nederland, CO. I keep them on display where I can see them. I have lots of stories about them. They make me happy.

Double Paned Windows and Extreme Heat

Double Paned Windows and Extreme Heat


Broken sliding doorsHere’s something they don’t teach you in real estate school. I am blessed with a home that has a beautiful view of Pikes Peak. There are eleven sliding doors that face west, and on a hot summer day, it gets rather warm. With no warning in the extreme heat yesterday, one pane of the double paned window started cracking. I could hear it from my office upstairs, and I came down to try to figure out what the strange noise was. As I stood in the dining room, I could see one of the sliding doors developing spider web cracks, and while I watched in horror, it went from top to bottom of the window. To my further dismay, the one next to it started doing the same thing. By the time it was over, I had lost four sliders with absolutely no idea why.

We had a workman scheduled to come in today, and when he arrived he said, “I see your windows got too hot recently.” He went on to explain that it was a common problem with older sliding doors, and he once had to replace ten in one summer at one of his properties. Expensive lesson learned, but I don’t think there is anything I could have done to prevent it.

Cover Design in Process

Cover Design in Process


Yesterday was a culmination of months of work, and it finally feels like we are on the home stretch. I am working with a wonderful company called The Killion Group, Inc. to design my cover. After pouring through thousands of steamy photos of redheads, Kim Killion settled on tender simplicity, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Hopefully by the end of the day I will have something tangible.

I Got ’em

I Got ’em


Webb CityWhen I was a young girl in St. Petersburg, Florida (MANY decades ago), there was a wonderful place called Webb City on the corner of Ninth Street and Second Avenue. If you are over 50, I’m sure you remember. It was torn down in 1979, but one of my vivid memories is the Mermaid Show. I have no idea how many city blocks it occupied, but it was a conglomerate (probably much like WalMart today) of many different stores.

My grandparents had a friend whom people called “I got ’em.” He would drive his truck or ride his bike and deliver food and ice and do yard work during the 1920’s and 1930’s. As he got older, he would sit outside of Webb City and ring his bell and say, “I got ’em! Fresh fish! Caught ’em alive!” What a fond memory. What a different way of life.

My favorite room in the house

My favorite room in the house


Peaceful swingMy job requires me to spend a lot of time on the telephone. It always seemed unfortunate to me that I hated being on the phone, holding it to my ear, stopping everything I was doing and just having to listen. Then one day I got an earpiece, which really helped a lot, until I realized that I NEEDED to be STILL and listen to what was being said. So I found a phone booth, one that allows me to be ‘in the moment.’ I have learned how to FOCUS when I’m in this swing, and so when I have a phone call with a client or a friend or a child, I set everything aside and go to my favorite room in the house, even when it’s raining.

A perfect cottage

A perfect cottage


I’ve never thought much about where I’d like to spend my future days writing. But when I saw this picture, I thought this might be a relaxing place. Now if it was just sitting near a body of water.

June in New York City

June in New York City


New York CityLast year we were truly blessed when my daughter Susie married Steve White on the top of a beautiful building in Downtown Manhattan. This was taken from the top of the Empire State Building.

Chester W. Henry

Chester W. Henry


It is hard to believe that it has been forty-one years today since I lost my precious father. This is the only picture I can find that I had taken with him, and the older I get, the more I cherish his memory. A gentle and compassionate man, he was taken from us all too soon.Chester and Mimi Henry Foster

Happy 16th Birthday, Precious Granddaughter

Happy 16th Birthday, Precious Granddaughter


MacKenzie FosterIt is so hard to imagine that the child that was born yesterday turned 16 recently. I couldn’t be more proud or excited for this new journey in your life, my beloved MacKenzie. The heart’s capacity to love is obviously boundless.

The Lennox House

The Lennox House


Lennox House B & BI have a dear friend who runs a local Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1890 and rich with Colorado Springs history, sometimes I just get to escape and write. Thanks, Debbie Beck, for all you do!