ShowFlipper Inc. interviews Chicago's own author extraordinaire Helen Osterman

Top Quote Helen Osterman is one of our valued authors who has some amazing books to her name. This is an excerpt from a Q&A session with her. End Quote
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (1888PressRelease) August 30, 2016 - For most artists the urge comes at a very young age. The call of creative writing is just too much to resist for a fertile mind. And more often than not it persists for a lifetime. Helen has also has a similar experience as she says "I have written stories since I was a child. During my 45 year nursing career, I wrote for the professional journals. Now I write fiction. I aim to teach the reader something in every book I write." And it is not unusual to see them use their talents in other avenues of life apart from their calling as a professional writer. And so has the case been with Helen "Before I became a writer, I drew pictures to amuse my children. Then I took courses in oil painting. Four of my pictures of Old Maxell St. in Chicago are in the collection of The Chicago History Museum."

    Every adversity only intensifies the wish to express their creative genius. Adverse conditions often make then turn to other forms of Art. Helen tells us "When I could no longer paint because of arthritis in my hands, I turned to my other love-writing. I have written 11 books and am working on number 12." And while she does take a lot of pride in her writings she does have a more practical approach to it's completion. "An artist and a writer is never satisfied with his/her own work. There is a time to say it's finished." Although she does have her own pet peeves about the genre. "I like my characters and identify with them. I don't like science fiction or fantasy."

    She also puts some serious time & effort into building up her information base before she addresses a particular plot in her books. Here is what she told us about her book Rogue Wave "Most of my books are set in Chicago, because that is where I live. But, Rogue Wave is set on a sailboat in the Caribbean. My oldest son and his wife live on a sailboat. I spent five days with them sailing and did all the research for this book." And she is just as ambitious with her goals. "My goal is to write 15 books. The reason I write is to keep my mind sharp and I get older." Like every writer she does have times when she finds it tough as she told us this "The middle part of a book. I usually know the beginning and the end, but the middle 100 pages are, sometime, a struggle." And she also has a very wise strategy when it comes to marketing her work as she says "I carry cards with me everywhere I go and give them out regularly. I am a good public speaker and take any speaking engagement I can get."

    Her hobbies are very conducive to creative writing as she tells us "I am a classical music lover. I regularly attend the opera and concerts. I listen to classical music when I'm writing. I read Dan Brown's Inferno. It gave me a lot of food for thought. I have two of my favorite paintings on the wall of my study. And, I listen to classical music while I write."

    Her support system as an author is also well thought out as she tells us "I belong to a writer's group. We critique each other's work." She has had some exposure in her local newspapers like The Homer Horizon and The Southtown in Chicago. And we are full of expectation as she says "I am working on a thriller, a first for me."

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