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Q&A: Heather Ostler


Describe your writing process.

I start by making sure I have plenty of inspiration. I need my endless character, plot, and story outline notes, as well good music, and motivating quotes. I also need to be surrounded by positive and comforting things. My space heater constantly blowing, my pugs snoozing next to me, ideally a bowl of M&M’s nearby, those kinds of things. 

Once I begin writing, I sort of disappear from the real world. I start viewing the scenes like a movie; it doesn’t feel like I’m typing. The dialogue for my characters comes out in their voice. When a character is happy, upset, or sad, I can see and feel their emotions. Sometimes my characters become stubborn and end up taking over the scene. They’ll make the story go where they want it to. (Disclaimer: I am not a crazy writer. Well, maybe.)


If you could have any other creative skill what would it be?

I would love to be musically talented. I have four siblings who are blessed with that gift. Every time they pull out their guitar, belt out a Taylor Swift song, or play the piano, I’m reminded of how much I envy the musically talented.


What are some of your inspirations when writing?

I find inspiration from so many things. Going to movies, reading, listening to music, and finding good photography really motivate me to write. Sometimes I’ll just be driving when a whole scene unfolds in my head—I love when that happens.


Do you have any tips for newbie writers?

Yes, I would say to start now and don’t get discouraged. There will always be an excuse to start later, and there will always be negative forces that drag you down. Conquer both. Pull out your notebook, typewriter, quill, or laptop and start writing! When you get negative criticism or feedback, don’t give up. Improve and keep going.


If you could be any of your characters who would you be and why?

I would choose Sierra. She is smart, loyal, and has a sense of humor. Her life isn’t quite as intense as Julia’s, but she still lives in Ossai and gets to be a part of the paranormal and magic. And how awesome would it be to be a water nymph?


Grab her novel The Shapeshifter’s Secret right now!


About the Author

Heather Ostler grew up near the mountains with a rambunctiously entertaining family. She majored in English at Utah Valley University, and soon began composing stories about masquerades, water nymphs, and shapeshifters. She and her husband, Kellen, reside in Highland, Utah with two remarkably pleasant pugs.

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