Just released from prison, Johnny desperately tries to make the most of his second chance at life, only to learn that a second chance doesn’t exist and that his past still keeps him far from being a free man. Quickly realizing he can’t escape his past, he sets out to destroy it instead. While traveling down the road towards destruction, Johnny discovers that others are also living in a life of imprisonment too. The difference, though, is that their prison bars are actually white picket fences and their prison sentences are their family secrets.
Why did you write The Exiles?
I wanted to showcase the absurd status that we designate for specific people at the expense of others. I mean we all ‘sin,’ and the ‘haves’ verses the ‘have not’ are really based on the people caught sinning verses the ones that got away with their sin.
What did you do before writing?
I worked for a few newspapers. I bar tended. I conducted research for research tanks across the U.S., and I was employed by a few government agencies, doing research as well.
Which job was your favorite?
Bar tending. You dealt with people living in the moment, ready to fully act on impulse. Crazy times because you never knew what you were going to get- a fight, a strip tease, any emotional outburst could happen. I was surrounded by human volcanoes, loaded with emotion, ready to erupt.
Who’s your favorite writer?
Chuck Palahniuk. With all the competitive avenues to tell a story- movies, television, social media, YouTube, on and on, as well as the fact that people’s attention spans are nothing now, his ability to engage readers with words alone is extraordinary.
When did you know you wanted to be writer? When my volleyball & basketball career came to an end. I wanted to play games for a living, but I failed at try outs.
Who has inspired you in your life?
Bill Hicks… It’s just a ride.
What's a favorite saying of yours?
"Always do what you Fear." Benjamin Franklin
Where have you lived?
Detroit, Atlanta, Long Beach, Mexico City, Banjul, Toronto.
Do you have a favorite place?
I love them all like they are my children.
"He illustrates what the new age writers of the 21st Century look like, while holding true to the character traits of the classic novels of our past." - Jayy Masssy
"The Exiles...is something very different from every other book I have read."
- Anne Marie Reynolds
"The Exiles by E. Leo Foster is a captivating narrative about second chances and the prejudice that stands in the way of those chances."
- Faridah Nassozi
"Fast paced and easy to read, The Exiles can send shivers down the reader’s spine without really trying. Highly recommended!"
"When reading this book, you will feel as if Johnny is telling you his story face to face, mainly due to the author’s ability to create believable characters with whom readers can relate."
- Tina Stanciu