Author Spotlight: Jaclyn Osborn
May 2, 2020 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
JO: I’ve always been a reader. Books were my escape. It sparked a love for wanting to tell my own stories. I started writing short stories when I was 11 and it continued throughout my teen years. I actually got into writing fan fiction for a while too and found a community of people on Facebook that I bonded with over it. They convinced me to write my own book.
CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have your overcome while striving towards your goals?
JO: One of the most rewarding parts of being an author is receiving messages from readers who enjoyed my book. That’s the best feeling. A challenging part of being an author is keeping your head up on days when you’d rather hide under a rock. Over the years, I think the biggest hurdle I’ve overcome is believing in myself and understanding that every author is different.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
JO: Such an evil question haha I’d have to say Axios. I’m a huge history lover, and I think my passion for the time period and characters reflected in the writing. The love story between Axios and Eryx is my absolute favorite I’ve written.
CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?
JO: It depends on what you’re in the mood for! 🙂 I have contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Out of my contemporary books, though, I’d recommend either Brighter Shades of Light or His Temptation. Or if you like paranormal romances, I’d recommend The Ghost of Ellwood.
CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?
JO: It’s a dream of mine to have Axios made into a movie. I think I’d like lesser known actors to be the leads, too. But for the side characters, I would LOVE to have Kellan Lutz play “Haden” and Taron Egerton to play “Quill.”
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
JO: My biggest piece of advice is: write. Write your book. And don’t let anyone else tell you that you can’t. If I would’ve listened to the people who told me I could never make it in this industry, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
JO: Aimee Nicole Walker. I love her writing and characters and most definitely fangirl to her about them.
CJC: Favorite motto?
JO: I don’t know if it qualifies as a motto, but a quote I really love and think on when I’m writing is: A first draft is simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles. It helps me remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. Because I’m sort of a perfectionist haha
CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
-If I’m struggling on one book, sometimes I’ll randomly open a new document and just start typing random things, trying to spark ideas. Or, I’ll work on a different story. If the writer’s block is really bad, I will shut down my laptop and read a book or watch my favorite TV show. It’s usually a sign that I’ve overworked myself and need to refuel.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
JO: This is hard. It depends on which subgenre I’m writing. For my historicals, I’ve been told my writing style is poetic. But for my contemporary romances, I feel my style is more conversational.
CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or select the cover?
JO: THE EVIL BLURB. It’s the hardest part for sure.
CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?
JO: Gena Showalter. She fueled my love for reading. I fell in love with her worlds and characters and wanted to create my own.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
JO: Crazy. I plot just a little bit, but I mostly figure it out as I go.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
JO: I’m currently writing Book 3 in my Unexpected Love series 🙂 I also plan to write Book 2 in my Ivy Grove series, which seems to be the most anticipated book among my readers (it’s coming, I promise!) Another goal for this year is to release more books in audio.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
JO: I greatly appreciate anyone who takes a chance on one of my books! And I hope you are all staying safe.
CJC: Thank you so much Jaclyn for taking the time to answer these interview questions.
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