by Laurel Osterkamp
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: psychological thriller
First Robin gets the email with its simple demand: dump your fiancé or else. Then someone puts up the slanderous Rotten Robin Website that threatens to crush her chances to win The Standout, a ballet-themed, fashion reality show. Surrounded by backstabbing co-contestants and haunted by mysterious ghosts from her past, Robin can’t trust anyone, including herself.
This new psychological thriller by Laurel Osterkamp, author of The Holdout and The Next Breath, is Black Swan meets Project Runway.
Get ready for a breathtaking novel about love, betrayal, tall buildings, and finding the courage to jump.
Interview with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am a high school English teacher in Minneapolis. I’m married, and we have two children who never stop talking, I love Mexican food, chocolate cake, and buying boots (my family is planning an intervention soon.)
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I was a theater major in college, and before I had kids I worked with several different comedy/improv troupes. Soon I became more interested in writing sketches than in performing. Once I had my son, it made sense for my creative outlet to be something I could do in my pajamas, so I switched from acting to writing novels.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
I think Gillian Flynn is extremely clever and I love Melissa Bank’s turn of phrase. I just finished reading My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier, and she was brilliant. All of these authors have very layered characterizations, which is what I strive for in my own writing.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I get up a 5 AM and write before I work out (it’s 5:37 right now, as I sit here typing this.) Writing in the morning is the only way I know I’ll for sure have time. I leave to teach at around 7:20, spend my day dealing with ninth graders and grading papers, pick up my kids around 5:00, come home, make dinner, have family time, put them to bed, remind myself that I have a husband (I try to at least say hello) and then collapse into bed. Rinse, repeat.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
I’d been thinking about all the twisted stories from classical ballet, with their themes of passion and betrayal, and I decided to write something that mirrored them. I also used motifs of art and beauty, with a strong dose of reality TV for good measure. It sounds convoluted, but ultimately, I think it works.
6) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I had a great time writing the ballet scenes,and also the scenes that took place on the TV show The Standout which, if you watch Project Runway, you’ll recognize instantly. But the “roof scene” was the biggest challenge, since it’s what makes my book a thriller. I’d never written anything like it before, and it was fun, trying to get it right.
7) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
Don’t back down from who you are, and don’t be afraid to jump.
8) What are your hopes for this novel?
That it will become the next Gone Girl, and turned into a movie directed by Ben Affleck! But realistically, I’m just very excited to be working with Kindle Press, and I hope to reach all sorts of new readers.
9) What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m working on a novel set in a ski town, where a young a woman falls in love with a man who may be trying to kill her.
About the Author:
Laurel Osterkamp becomes very attached to her characters. The Standout, The Holdout, The Next Breath, November Surprise, Blue State, and American Angst all feature the Bricker family, but these books can be read in any order. Laurel teaches English and Creative Writing in Minneapolis, where she tries to stay warm, hang out with her husband and two chatty children, and find the time to write. Her other novels are the award-winningFollowing My Toes and Starring in the Movie of My Life.
You can find Laurel on Twitter but she needs to work on sending clever Tweets. A better idea is to follow her blog at www.laurelosterkamp.blogspot.com.
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