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Thursday, January 10, 2013 1:50 PM

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DELPHOS — You could say Heather Lynn Osting has always been an aspiring writer — as a kid she wrote for fun and then later in 2005, she developed a blog as an outlet for sanity which had approximately 200 followers — and has since elevated her creative self-expression into the reach of a whole new audience.

Since its release on on Dec. 6, there have been 150 e-books for Kindle readers and 163 paperbacks sold. Customer reviews posted on Amazon’s site have been affirming.

“There have been no bad reviews,” Osting explained. ”Eighty-year-old grandmothers love it!”

Even after prodding by friends suggesting that she write a book, Osting never thought she could be a successful author. Her creative interest peaked while searching for something to read after finishing “Water For Elephants,” and at that point, she still considered the challenge of writing fun. Then it happened. She was driving home on a typical day and experienced self-actualization evoking the passion to realize, explore and develop her talent and ability.

“I was driving home from Ottawa with the sun shining through the car window on my face,” Osting reflected. “That was the beginning premise of the book: a girl beaten up, coming to with sunshine on her face but waking up to a harsh reality.”

Osting’s own personality and personal experiences have been embedded within the character Vivienne Taylor, whose name was spawned by her fond attachment to a character from the TV series 90210 and a unique given name. The majority of the character’s thought processes are a reflection of her own and accounts of parental warnings during her childhood fed her imagination and enabled “worst-case scenario” events in the storyline.

The original version of the novel took 2 - 3 weeks to write and then it was another 2 1/2 - 3 years of polishing, editing and revising before the piece was published. Osting worked hard on presenting a realistic storyline and perfecting the ending before the deadline.
“Writing a surprising ending is harder than people think,” Osting explained.

Osting is looking forward to her upcoming book signings. The first will be held from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Baked to Perfection in Delphos and the second, a wine-tasting, will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Vino Bellissimo in Lima. Copies of the paperback will be available at both events.

At this time, Osting and her entourage — editors Rachel Graham and Debra Grothouse, whom are cousins to the author, — are concentrating on the revisions of her next installment in the series. The footwork for the cover of the new chapter is in the works and the cover girl, Sammy Klint, a freshman cheerleader at Jefferson Senior High School, has been chosen.

What does the future hold for Vivienne? Osting offered some insight into the new chapter of the rejuvenated heroine’s life, “The Ordeal,” where she sets out to make something of herself exploring a new adventure outside the confines of Delphos.

“So far, this is my favorite,” Osting explained with enthusiasm. “It has the same feel. It’s more creepy and the character is more developed.”


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