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Laurel Osterkamp is the author of "Starring in the Movie of My Life" (reviewed here), a book about two very different women in very different stages of their lives. I am so excited that Laurel stopped by CLC today, because I absolutely loved the book and I know you all will too! Laurel lives in Minneapolis with her husband, son, and daughter, and is working on a fourth novel. Follow her on Twitter and check out her blog!
For some lucky readers, Laurel has two copies of "Starring in the Movie of My Life", either in paperback (US/Canada only) or e-book (International).
Watch the trailer for "Starring..."
What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing "Starring in the Movie of My Life"?
Just finding the time and energy to write was the biggest challenge. I never get as much done as I think I’m going to.
What is your usual writing routine?
I usually write during my kids’ naptimes on the weekends or during the summer. I’m a teacher, so the summers are great for writing. I like to listen to music, usually an I-Tunes mix I’ve made with songs that somehow connect me to the story. For me, taking time to write is a luxury, so above everything else I just try to enjoy it.
What was the most difficult thing about switching back and forth between Melody (an 18 year old character) and Sam (a 35 year old character)?
I don’t know if it was difficult, but there were times when I preferred one character to the other. At first I had so much fun writing Melody because she’s so sure of herself and unafraid of what other people think. Samantha took a while to find her voice. However, around half way through the book, Samantha’s story really found its direction, and Melody’s began to falter a little. In the end though, I was happy with how they both turned out.
How do you like to spend your time when you are not writing?
If I’m not working, exercising, spending time with my family, or doing household tasks, then I hope I’m relaxing…reading a good book or watching TV, and preferably eating chocolate.
If you were not a writer, what job would you have?
Well, I’m am a high school teacher, but my dream is to one day be able to make enough money with writing that I can focus just on that. But a long time ago I wanted to be an actress, and I spent years performing with various comedy/improv troupes.
What do you do if you get Writer's Block?
I pick up a novel and start reading. I almost always get inspired with an idea after just a few minutes.
If "Starring..." were made into a movie, who would you want to cast in the roles of Melody, Sam, Collin, and Nate?
I’d cast Haley Steinfeld from True Grit as Melody because she’s young, powerful and strong. For Samantha the actress needs to be warm and likeable, so I’d go with Amy Adams. Orlando Bloom would be Collin, no question, because Samantha compares the two of them in the book. She also compares Nate to Owen Wilson, but Nate has to be younger than her, so I’d probably cast Scott Michael Foster, from Greek.
What do you consider to be your guilty pleasure?
Boots! I get teased over how many pairs I have.
What inspired you to write the complicated stories of Sam and Melody?
Melody was inspired by some of the students I’ve had. Some have come from such terrible situations, yet they can be so smart and strong and really rise above. However, they’re still young and don’t realize how fallible they are. So while Melody’s story with Mr. Linden is entirely made up, her personality and tough home life aren’t.
Samantha’s background is more like my own, and I wrote partly from experience while telling her story. There are lots of differences between her and me, but somehow issues of motherhood, career, love and marriage crept into her chapters, and those are all things I’ve dealt with in the last several years. Plus, she loves movies and so do I!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go and why?
As I write this I’m preparing for the first solo vacation my husband and I will take since our son was born, six and a half years ago. We’re going to Seattle and up along the coast to Olympic State Park. I’ve always wanted to go there; I’ve never been, and it looks beautiful. Once we get back my answer I’m sure will be different…perhaps the Florida Keyes. I’ve travelled abroad quite a bit, but there are lots of places here in the U.S. that I’d still like to get to.
Special thanks to Laurel for allowing me to get to know her better and providing the books for the giveaway. Thanks also to Samantha Robey from Chick Lit Plus for including CLC as a stop on Laurel's blog tour.
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Paperback is US/Canada only
E-book is international
Giveaway ends July 5th
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