1. Are you a reader? What are your favorite books?
I love to read! Some of my personal favorites are anything by Emily Giffin or Curtis Sittenfield. But probably the best book I’ve read in a long time is Night Circus. I also love dystopian YA, like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Matched trilogy.
2. What is your path to publication?
Years ago, after I wrote Following My Toes and then Starring in the Movie of My LifeI tried to find an agent and a traditional publisher. I did find an agent, but after she first contacted me and said she’d represent me, I never heard from her again! At that point I thought it would be better to just stick with the indie route. It’s more challenging in a lot of ways, but at least I’m not waiting by the phone and I’m not sharing potential profits with a huge, wealthy publishing company.
3. How much time do you spend writing each day/week?
It depends on the week. I’m a teacher, so I get a lot of writing done in the summer. But during the school year, I’m lucky if I get a couple of hours on the weekend.
4. How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself? Or part of a larger community?
I have a writing group with two other people, both male, and I find their feedback incredibly valuable. I also show my work to my best friend, my mom, and my step-dad. Other than that, I’m an island. My husband has to wait until it’s done and published to read it!
5. What is your favorite thing about writing? Least favorite?
My favorite part about writing is when I’m in the last third of the book, and everything is coming together. That’s just so exciting. My least favorite part is the promotion. There are so many people trying to get noticed; it’s like shouting in a crowded room.
6. Are writers born, taught, or both?
Both. I teach creative writing to high school students, and every semester I have students who didn’t realize they have so much to say! I also have one or two kids who walk in on the first day of class, telling me about their novel that they’ve been working on since they were thirteen. I expect to see some of them as bestsellers one day.
7. What would you tell younger and less experienced you if you could?
Start writing earlier. This is what you were meant to do!
Publisher: PMI Books
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story.
But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she’s not a survivor.
Yet she could surprise everyone, and have the last laugh.
Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again.
Laurel Osterkamp’s award winning novels have been hailed as funny, intelligent, snarky and poignant. She is the author of four novels and two novellas, including the November Surprise series, which, like The Holdout, features the Bricker family. Laurel was recently on a federal jury, and she loves watching Survivor.