Interview with Carolyn M. Osborne

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
This time of year, it's usually because the out of doors is awaiting me: the woods, my yard and flowers, the ponds. But frequently, year 'round, it's an idea I want to write down before I lose track of it. When I'm deep into writing, I often wake up with words I want to capture.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly at home: tending the garden or my chickens or fish, walking in the woods, or just sitting with my tea watching the ponds. Indoors I love to write, read and cook, and enjoy television, especially movies. In the "Outside World" I sing with a community chorus, belong to a science fiction and fantasy book club, and my wonderful writers' group.
What is your writing process?
Not a very sophisticated process, I fear. I like to write early in the day and then go over what I wrote for a while in the evening. When I'm deeply into a story, I often will dream about the story or have middle of the night ideas about it, which I have to rush to write down. Sometimes, those ideas are very helpful, but sometimes I look at them the next morning and wonder what on earth I was thinking!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember my first story, but I wrote a lot of poetry when I was a child. It seems that poems can stay active in my mind for a long time!
How do you approach cover design?
With fear and trembling, and some rebelliousness. Since I like to write historical fiction, I like the idea the idea of a cover that expresses the feel of the era in which the book is set.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and history, mostly. I find that when I'm writing my reading slows down, but I always have a book waiting for me. Currently, I'm reading Mathematicians in Love by Rudy Rucker.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Nexus 7 tablet I've had for several years. I love it!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't narrow books down at all. My favorite authors include:
Ray Bradbury - who looked so lovingly and interestingly at the past and the future
John Scalzi - The Old Man's War series. Terrific!
Sarah Vowell - for her funny, knowledgeable and very interesting observations on history and human behavior.
Louisa May Alcott - how could I not love her?
Isaac Asimov - makes everything (and I mean everything - science fiction, physics, history, astronomy, math, and more, and more) interesting.
Rudyard Kipling - what an interesting man writing about an interesting time.
Arthur Conan Doyle - I love the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Favorite poets include:
Emily Dickenson
Gerard Manly Hopkins
William Blake
Shakespeare
Walt Whitman
William Carlos Williams
Describe your desk
... it's always a paper avalanche. Look out below!
When did you first start writing?
Around age 10. I wrote poetry for a long time (still do, sometimes). I wrote my first non-assignment short story about 20 years ago, and that story is actually part of the third book in the Helena's Stories series.
What are you working on next?
My next book is Rule!, the second book in the Helena's Stories series. Rule! is a collection of stories about my ancestors (some of whom were probably your ancestors, too!) living their lives in interesting times or circumstances, and through these stories tracks the origins and growth of the of the British Empire. So, the book is populated with stories of administrators in the Raj, soldiers, early rulers, rebellious barons, matriarchs, sieges and weddings and shipwrecks and ransoms and more. Rule! is schedule to publish in January, 2017.

The third book in the series, Promise, which tracks America's growth, is scheduled for July, 2017 publication.

With so much ahead, I need to get back to my writing!
Published 2016-08-25.
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Books by This Author

A Good Place
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,440. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
A Good Place is Volume III of the Helena's Stories series, which brings personal points of view to documented history. Volume IV, Promise, will complete the series with stories set in America from colonial times into the twentieth century.
Rule!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,570. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » General
These stories extend from the late 700s through the 1800s in Britain, Europe, and India. Historically accurate, this book views the rise and fall of great European empires through the eyes and lives of individuals.
A Perfect Plan
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,680. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Can turning a dream into a plan make it come true? In a remote corner of 1780’s England, young Catherine Nelson wants to marry, but understands the damage love can cause. Her dream is to find love, but also control and protect her own life. In India, restless, worldly George Matcham wonders if the life he dreams of awaits him in the countryside of far-away England.