Today I am delighted to welcome Heather Osborne author of the Rae Hatting Mysteries series to take part in my Q&A Interview
Good morning welcome to Chelle’s Book Reviews. Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I’m originally from California, but I moved to Scotland in 2009. I’m married with a six-year-old son, who provides some inspiration for a few of my child characters in my novels. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Victimology. When I’m not writing, I spend a great deal of time at the theatre and I also volunteer with Victim Support Scotland as well as with the Parent Council at my son’s primary school.
When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
I’ve been writing little stories as long as I can remember, probably since I could write, if you want to believe my mom. I started self-publishing in 2013, after speaking to another author, S.K. Hartley, who I met on a baby forum while we both were pregnant with our respective children. She advised me in the early days and I just sort of went from there.
Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
I’m a self-described eclectic author. I write crime fiction, historical romance/fiction, and recently, I delved into science fiction. My novels are geared toward adults, mostly, but I have thought about exploring YA fiction.
What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
I’m what a lot of people would call a “pantser,” at least my friend, Patricia Rose, does! I don’t plan my novels. I just get an idea and let the words flow. I’m not a fast writer, as I believe in making every word count, so how long it takes me to write is variable. There are days where I don’t write a single word.
Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
Most of my characters carry traits of people I know or people I’ve seen while people watching. Although, in Assassin’s Blood, my newest novel, several of the characters are based on characters created by other people and used with their permission.
Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
I think, as an author, we all integrate personal experiences in our novels, whether we notice or not. However, in one of my works in progress, I explore a woman coping with her mother’s diagnosis of dementia, and I have been coping with my grandmother’s diagnosis, so I think that’s the closest personal experience I’ve written about to date.
What research do you do?
I research a lot, especially when it comes to the historical novels. I don’t think an author can get by writing a book without researching a little bit of their subject matter. Accuracy is important to me.
Who would you like to co-write with and why?
I’m not sure I would like to co-write with anyone. I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to how and what I write.
What’s your favorite book?
Jane Eyre, hands down. I love the gothic romance as well as the subtle plot twists, but I also do love a happy ending, even if it is tragic.
What’s your favorite food?
If I had to pick, I’d say anything from House of Prime Rib in San Francisco.
What’s your favorite film?
The Princess Bride
What’s your favorite song?
I don’t have one! In fact, most of my books have extensive playlists. I love music, though, and I find it helps me write.
How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
I’m on a few social media sites, I have a blog, and I’m on Amazon. My books are in ebook, paperback, and a few are in audiobook form.
Thank you so much for joining me today Heather