by Heather Osborne
Author Heather Osborne stopped by ePen, and I learned just how much we have in common! We both love playwriting, and she lives in Scotland – I’m obsessed with Scotland. Read on and learn a few more things about this very sweet author and her latest book release, then download a free chapter!
I noticed in your bio that you are not only a playwright but also live in Scotland. I am doubly excited to have you visit. Before we get into some good story stuff, tell me how your Scotland life enhances your writing style.
Heather: Hi, thanks for having me on your blog! I moved to Scotland in 2009, but I haven’t really set any of my novels in Scotland yet. I have a historical romance in the works though about a famous Scottish woman, so keep your eyes open for that.
Remembering your days as a playwright, what one aspect of playwriting do you still use for fiction writing?
Heather: I use a lot of the dialogue techniques. Authors can convey so much through a character’s words and emotions to help push the story forward. Sometimes we forget to introduce a character to another. That’s something we need to do in playwriting because there is no narrative to do it for us.
As playwrights, we’re taught to limit stage directions and leave things to the actors. Was it challenging to bring setting and character movement/blocking into your novels?
Heather: Not at all. I was an author first, playwright second. I’ve always been writing short stories since I can remember. Playwriting was a bit of a sidetrack for a while, and I haven’t written something solely dramatic in some time. I do have plans to get back to it though in the near future.
What is the strongest character trait of your protagonist? Her weakest?
Heather: I would say Adrienne’s strongest characteristic is her ability to stick to her convictions. She’s a kind person, and doesn’t give up on anyone. I think her weakest character trait would be that she’s too trusting of people she should be wary of.
Do you use particular books or materials to assist with the time period’s language?
Heather: Not really, but I find myself looking up things periodically to make sure my word usage is period appropriate, if I’m unsure on specific phrases.
Do you find yourself speaking in that time period as you go about your day?
Heather: Haha! No, not really. My husband already looks at me strangely when I try to do a Scottish accent.
What is the strangest or most unusual item on your writing desk at this very moment?
Heather: A piece of sea glass I picked up from my walk on the beach today, and a little clay bowl made by my four-year-old son.
Who is your favorite playwright and why?
Heather: I’m a big fan of Neil Simon. I admire his ability to filter so much into one character’s words. For him, it’s not about the movement of the actors, but their tone and emotion. That is what tells the story.
You have a fascinating college degree. How do you use it in your stories?
Heather: I write a series of novels called the Rae Hatting Mysteries. I’ve incorporated a lot of my degree knowledge into her books, especially when she is working with or interviewing victims of crime. Rae has to be one of my favorite characters. She is smart, funny, and empathetic.
(Note: See her bio below and check out her degree. The Rae Hatting Mysteries are here.)
Do you prefer cookies, scones, muffins, or cake? Which flavor?
Heather: I’m not a huge dessert fan (shock!), but I do like lemon flavored things. So lemon cake or muffins are my favorite!
Thanks so much for visiting. Stop by anytime and bring along your Scottish accent!
Heather: Thanks again for having me on your blog, and I hope people will check out Bitter Bonds, as well as the other novels I have out there!
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
by Heather Osborne
Brutally torn between duty and his heart, Henri Du Cormier never expected to be completely enraptured with Adrienne Beaumont, the sister of his betrothed. As the new owner of St. Esprit, Henri knows he must work his way into a tight-knit society, and spurning his fiancée will do the complete opposite. However, there are hidden secrets, black magic, and voodoo entwined like poisonous vines into the Louisiana plantation. Will Henri end up cursing himself in life and love? Adrienne Beaumont is anything but ordinary in a world of demure, Southern belles. Desiring little more than to be rid of a vengeful older sister, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Henri Du Cormier. As their lives grow increasingly entangled, will Adrienne give in to the burgeoning attraction, or will fate play another card?
About the Author
Heather Osborne was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology, as well as coursework in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland, very much a dream of hers since she was a small child. Heather has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. She also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, Heather enjoys reading, writing (of course!), theatre, as well as caring for her young son. She also reviews for Readers’ Favorite.