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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Interview with USA Today Bestselling Author Kirsten Osborne

It's a huge pleasure to interview and bring you USA Today Bestselling Author Kirsten Osborne!

Tell us a little about you?  

Kirsten - Born in Wisconsin, I moved to Texas when I was fifteen and have lived here since, except for a short stretch going to college in Louisiana. I married shortly after college graduation, and have a twelve-year-old son. I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom up until three years ago, when my husband decided to be the stay-at-home adult-type-person. Now I get to devote full-time hours plus to writing. I’m in my happy place writing all day every day. It’s a beautiful thing when you can merge your hobby with your career.

So, what have you written?

Kirsten -  I currently have seventy-five books available. I only write romance, but I write a lot of it!  I’ve written short stories, novellas and novels.

Give us an insight into your main character?

Kirsten - The main character of Longing in Louisiana is Michelle Strempel, who is actually named after a fan of mine. She is a high school principal who is jilted just before her wedding, so she calls Dr. Lachele Simpson (named after another fan!) who agrees to find her the perfect man and introduce them at the altar.

What genre are your books? 

Kirsten - I have books that are Western Historicals, Contemporary Romance, Regency Romance, Paranormal Medieval Romace, and Contemporary Western Romance. 

What draws you to this genre?  

Kirsten - Well, there are several genres that I’m drawn to, but
mostly I love a marriage of convenience story, and most of my books take that form.

Where do your ideas come from? 

Kirsten - Every person I see, everything I hear gives me a new story idea. I just wish there was enough time to write them all!

What is the hardest thing about writing? 

Kirsten - Actually keeping my butt in the chair long enough to get a book done. Let’s face it. That’s where the work is when it comes to writing. I really don’t mind edits much. And I love to write, but it’s hard to be disciplined enough to write book after book and keep the quality high.

What is the easiest thing about writing? 

Kirsten - The ideas. I’ve had so many people ask me if I pay for ideas, and I just laugh. The ideas never stop! 

If your latest release is part of a series, tell us a little about the series? 

Kirsten - Longing in Louisiana is the eighth book of my At the Altar series. The series is about a middle-aged counselor, who realizes her favorite thing in life is watching people find their true loves. She opens a matchmaking business where she introduces people at the altar, hence the name of the series. They are all romantic comedies and so much fun to write!

Tell us a little about you as a person. 

Kirsten - Hmmm…that’s a hard question.  I love chocolate, sunsets, and staying up all night. I love the ocean and wish I lived closer to it, but I also love mountains and want to live closer to those. Of course, I hate the heat, so I would choose a mountain over a beach.
I write through the night, so the homeschooling doesn’t interrupt my schedule too much. I love spending time with my family. I’m a workaholic and very goal driven. If I set a goal for a day, I rarely allow myself to sleep before I reach it, unless there’s a really good reason for not reaching it. I love to read. I’m addicted to the Hallmark show When Calls the Heart, and I get overzealous about fangirling it.

Besides writing what are your favorite things to do? 

Kirsten - I’m a huge fan of Disney. My family and I usually go to Disney World at least once per year. I have Disney stuff all over my house, including a big Cinderella castle in my living room. My favorite princess is Belle, and I know you were wondering!  I enjoy movies, travel, and quiet days at home.

Do you have a favorite movie and/or book? 

Kirsten - My favorite movie is Notting Hill. I watch it a couple of times per year when I want to shut my brain off and do nothing.

Find Kirsten Osborne
Amazon Author Page

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