Welcome to Writer Wednesday! This week we have Terri Osburn spending some time with us, and I couldn’t be more delighted. I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Osburn in person at the most recent Virginia LoveFest, part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, held each year in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was so down-to-earth and relaxed that she was just a pleasure to be around. So settle in – you can’t absorb her in-person persona via a screen, but you can at least get to know her a little better!
Which type of romance do you love most, and why?
My favorite romances are the ones in which real people find real love. The ones that take me on an emotional rollercoaster ride and leave me smiling at the end. There’s something about a love story turning out the way it should. The way we wish all love stories went in real life.
Name two things people don’t know about you.
No one would guess upon meeting me, but I was actually a pageant queen in my early years. I modeled in pageants from ages 5 to 8 have about fifty trophies still sitting around somewhere, though I have no idea where. Another little known fact about me is that I spent three years in my high school marching band, and the first year I carried a bass drum. I was about 4’10” and looked as ridiculous as you’d think, but I was good.
What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?
The author I adore most in the world is LaVyrle Spencer. Sadly, she’s no longer writing, but I believe her former books are still available, if not from the major distributors, then you should find copies in any used book store. She’s the kind of writer I dream of being, and that I describe in my first answer. If you’ve never read a Spencer book, you have a gift of a backlist waiting for you.
[ML says: Oh my gosh, yes! LaVyrle Spencer is my all-time favorite romance author, as well. After (stupidly) giving away all of my romances in the ’90s, I’ve slowly been collecting her works again, and am so happy about that.]
Now let’s hear about Terri’s latest books!
In the first book in the new Ardent Springs Series, we learn that chasing her Hollywood dreams didn’t go so well for Lorelei Pratchett. Now she’s back in Ardent Springs, TN, the source of nothing but bad memories, trying to figure out her next move. Her high school sweetheart, Spencer Boyd, wants a second chance with the girl who broke his heart, but Lorelei isn’t ready to make her homecoming a permanent situation.
HIS FIRST AND LAST is available in print, Kindle, and audio now.
The second in the Ardent Springs Series, OUR NOW AND FOREVER is available for pre-order.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Terri! It’s been a pleasure.
Oh, I’m a big LaVyrle fan too. One of the first authors I read (from the library) when I first discovered romance in the 90s. Loved her contemporary, small town romances especially.
Me too, Kathryn! I actually stumbled across “Separate Beds” in 1984 when it was released (yeah, uh, I was 12), and I totally loved it, even though I didn’t like contemporaries. I saved up my allowance to buy all of her other books, and re-read them a billion times.
Terri’s books are about real people finding real love! Love her work! Also, I was never in the marching band (I played piano), but my daughter has made some of her best friends in the marching band. Great interview!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharlene! I actually was in marching band, and can tell you that it was a great experience, as well. At least I only had to haul around a clarinet, though. So glad to see the positive response to Ms. Osburn – she’s got quite the (well-earned) following!