Ci Ci Foster, new face of Urban Erotica, wife and proud mother of 2 recalls a moment in her life she says she will never forget. “Mommy, Mommy! You’re famous!” exclaimed her daughter after hearing her mother’s name on the radio during an announcement for her charity event. Sometimes the greatest rewards for our hard work are found in the praises and acknowledgements of those closest to us.
In addition to her work in independent films such as This is the Remix, Wages of Sin, and The Piano Lesson, Ci Ci Foster has also written numerous television commercials. Ci Ci Foster, Being a former social worker, was able to use her knowledge of people to combine bits and pieces of experiences to create relatable characters. It was not until 2004, that Ci Ci decided writing was something that she developed a passion for. It was this passion and honing of literary skills that has manifested into the 2010 release of her debut novel, Sunny Rain. Sunny Rain takes us into the lives of three young, successful African-American women and their lives of wild sexual adventures and unexpected twists.
After speaking with Foster about her new novel, documentary, and charity work …we are certain you will hear a lot more from this Chicago native.
Q: Out of all the genres of writing, what inspired you to choose that of erotic fiction?
A: (giggle) Well, you know what? I’ve been a huge fan of erotic fiction for a long time. So it was only natural that when I started writing that I would go that route.
Q: Nowadays, there is a prevalence of lies and cheating in relationships. How do you feel couples can overcome this even if they have gone through these things and decided to work it out?
A: I think they would definitely need help from an outside professional, because to try to do it alone would probably slim your chances. But, I actually do think that it is possible to bounce back after infidelity and maintain a strong relationship. First there’s forgiving that person. But understand that it’s not going to happen overnight.
Q: How do you think the book will affect African-American women’s perception of relationships?
A: They (African-American women) may experience a wakeup call. Maybe it sparks them to move on from unhealthy relationship. A lot of times women put too much energy into a relationship that is going nowhere.
Q: Do you think there are any myths that you tried to attack on purpose in this book?
A: I did! I tried to attack that “all men are dogs” myth. In most romance novels, men are always the cheater and the dog; and that’s just not the case!
Q: What’s your take on women who have not reached or feel as though they can’t reach the level of success as the characters in your book?
A: I think it’s important for women to set goals and it’s all about how you view the world. You’d be surprised at how many women I speak to over the age of 35 who don’t know what it is that they would like to do. Explore!
Q: As an author of the Romance genre, would you say that love conquers all?
A: Honestly, I would have to say no. It takes much more than love.
Q: What is your ultimate goal?
A: Over the next 5 years, I would love to see Hollywoodn’t on the best sellers list, and overall just grow as a writer. I’ve also found a passion for producing, so I’ve been working on a tv drama.
It was an overall pleasure to speak with Cici Foster. She has a motivating spirit that seems to bleed through her work in literary category and in film. Cici is definitely one to watch for in the near years to come.