Australian author K E Osborn was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. With a background in graphic design and a flair for all things creative, she felt compelled to write the story brewing in her mind.
Writing gives her life purpose. It makes her feel, laugh, cry, and get completely enveloped with the characters and their story lines. She feels completely at home when writing and wouldn’t consider doing anything else.
Now, on with the interview...
ME: What is your favourite childhood book?
KE: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
KE: Thoughtless By S.C. Stephens
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
KE: Writing is my life. I don’t see it as a job, but more of a lifestyle. Yes, it’s what brings in my income, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. It gives me joy, builds me up when I’m down. Writing gives me a purpose, and to call it a job simply doesn’t cut it. It is my dream, my life, and being able to do it every day ‘for a living’ is more than I could have ever asked for.
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
KE: Yes, all my friends and family know. I tell everyone I meet because I’m proud to be an author.
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
KE: Yes, I definitely believe in it. I have experienced it a couple of times. I’ve had two books that I stopped halfway through and then went on with other books, only to come back at another time due to writer’s block. I think the key is to give yourself time. Also to do research on the subject topic to get ideas and the creativity flowing. For example, if you’re writing about the mafia, watch crime shows detailing mafia men. Or if you’re writing about bikers, watch a biker-themed show, etc. Also reading other books in your genre is a great way to help inspire you.
ME: Great advice. Let's talk about your process for bit. Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
KE: A little of both. I tend to have plot points getting me from scene to scene, but what happens in between I kind of fly by the seat of my pants. I like to have a basic understanding of where I’m going, but sometimes I get little curve balls thrown in by my characters, they like to test me.
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
KE: It depends on the book. For example, my Olympic swimmer book ‘Strokes of Gold’ had endless amounts of research. Emails back and forth between Olympic officials and Swimming Committees, googling terms and phrases, youtubing swimming videos and events just to get everything right. I wanted it to be as close to accurate as possible. Even down to names of actual swimming clubs in Australia. I spent so long researching, probably more time than actually writing. Same with my biker series, each book had unique biker slang that I wanted to truly represent the biker world and also the geography of Adelaide and other places they visited, I wanted it to be perfect. Not to mention all the facts I had to find for the ‘nerd biker’ Techie. My rockers take some research too, finding concert venues and plotting tour paths, so I suppose you could say a fair bit of research goes into each of my books. Some a lot more than others, but every book has some degree of research in it. Google is my very best friend!
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi-book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
KE: I think there is a place for all of them. I have written two standalones, but I write mainly series, all with no conclusion until the very end. I tend to like series better, as you get more time to develop characters and process a story. Plus, relationships develop naturally over a more extended period of time, and you can do that easier with more books.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
KE: This is a hard one for me to answer. Originally my ideas came from dreams, but I don’t tend to dream very much anymore, so I try to draw on inspiration around me. It might be something I see on television, something I see while out at the shops. Something else I read that might give me my very own individual plot idea. Or sometimes, I have the characters first, and I write before I know the storyline, and it all comes out organically. After writing so many books, you have to draw inspiration from wherever you can find it.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
KE: Sometimes, I know in the beginning I did. A lot of names and characters were based (loosely) on people I know (or have known). But now my characters are so different from the ones I wrote at the beginning of my career, that I can’t really base them on anyone I know now. Though, I still use people’s names I know if I like (or dislike) someone and want to name a character after them (even if the character is nothing like them) just in honour.
ME: So I guess there'll be a character named after me soon...
KE: I will totally name a character after you!!!
ME: Aww, you sweetie :) Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
KE: Yes, very much so. But I’ll let you guess who ;)
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
KE: Depends, sometimes the names just come to me. Other times I can’t for the life of me pick a name so I will Google male/female names until I find the right one. Or sometimes I even go as far as picking my muse for them, and if I’m really feeling lazy, I’ll use their name. That how Chris from Trust Me got his name (Chris Hemsworth) lol.
ME: Bahahah. Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
KE: Hmmm tough one. I think my toughest would be Colter Slade, though he is probably the one I’m most proud of. He was my very first alpha, and trying to get into that mindset was super hard for me. But I really love Colt, even though he can be a bit of an ass sometimes. Rockers hey!
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
KE: Yep! Two in particular spring to mind. One in Trust Me and one in The Satan’s Savages. Both of them totally deserved it, though. Assholes! (But boy were they fun to write!)
ME: Oh, you violent thing... What was your hardest scene to write?
KE: Oh, this is easy, the beginning of Shattered. Writing that scene where Violet got the knock on the door from the police. Urgh. I died writing that. Even writing this I tear up. When I wrote it, I cried so hard that I had to stop and leave my computer and go and have a break for half an hour because I just couldn’t cope with her grief. I feel my characters pain and being inside of her head in that scene… phew, it was heart-shattering, and I honestly am so proud of myself for writing The Shattered Heart Series. I feel like it’s my best for the angst emotion alone, and I hope I can pull another one out of the bag like that in the future.
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
KE: Depends on the scene. If it is a high action, high intense, or really exciting, dramatic fight, or something is happening, that makes your adrenaline race, then energized for sure. But one thing that exhausts me is writing a sex scene – that shit is hard work! It can take me hours to ‘pump one out’ <-- pun fully intended, and because I have a general hatred for writing them, they tend to flatten me out and completely exhaust me. Sometimes I will write my entire book leaving all the sex scenes until last, and do them all together, so I only have to do them once rather than multiple times.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
KE: A flying unicorn. Because they are the poster child of sunshine and rainbows, but really they are solitary creatures that fart rainbows, destroy things with their horn and fly away whenever they want to. (In other words, introverts who stay in their pajamas all day, and eat way too much food, oh and drink tea, don’t forget the tea! lol)
ME: LOL!!! So, now for a little advice to the budding novelists out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
KE: Don’t worry so much. Things happen, but everything still carries on. Oh, and don’t try winning all those online banner contests, it’s stupid! Just write and enjoy being an author, forget the social upheaval, talk to your readers and enjoy that instead. Don’t dwell, just enjoy.
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
KE: He said/she said. I found I used this a hell of a lot in my manuscripts, and I never knew how to fix it. But I Googled words to replace them and found a website that has two hundred replacements for the word ‘said’ and they were broken down into emotions. This was super helpful and helps with the flow.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
KE: Thesauruses – The Emotion Thesaurus, the Naughty Words For Nice Writers Thesaurus, things like this are GOLD. They help me so much with finding new words or phrases, so I’m not overusing the same words time and time again. I love them! My advice is to go buy them lol.
ME: Well, I'm a little disappointed your proofreader isn't the best money you ever spent, but I think I'll survive :P Those sound like great Thesauruses! Thank you so much for your time, KE. Can't wait t see you again at RTC2018.