It’s inspired by Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, only the gender roles are reversed, and the setting is a present-day, Colorado ski town. Two fiercely devoted sisters are separated. When the older sister falls in love, tragedy strikes, and the younger sister must decide if she can trust the man who came crashing into her and her sister’s lives.
I'm a librarian, so I'm always curious about libraries. Do you have a favorite library? If so, please tell us about it.
It’s funny that you ask that, because earlier today I was counting my blessings that I live in Minneapolis, where the Hennepin County libraries are so amazing. I love to take my kids to different libraries in and around the Twin Cities, each of which where we can use our library cards.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Anywhere from twenty minutes to three hours.
Name your top five favorite books?
Anne of Green Gables
The Hunger Games
I Know This Much is True
My Cousin Rachel
What are you working on now?
It’s a novel inspired by the real-life friendship between Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton. They both get fictional representations, and so do Jared Kushner, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. The narrator is totally made-up, and she describes her relationship and interactions with all the other characters. I’m still trying to figure out how the story ends!
Title: Just Like The Bronte Sisters
Author: Laurel Osterkamp
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Sisters Skylar and Jo Beth adore skiing and they virtually share the same soul. After an accident, Jo Beth flees to Brazil, leaving Skylar behind in Colorado to obsessively read the Brontë sisters. While abroad, Jo Beth meets Mitch and her life takes some unexpected turns, until tragedy leads free-spirited Mitch right into Skylar’s empty arms. With their Heathcliff/Catherine romance in full swing, Skylar wants to trust Mitch, but did he harm her sister? Loving Mitch could make Skylar lose everything. Just Like the Brontë Sisters is an unconventional romantic page-turner inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, full of magical realism, literary references, a ghost, and some healthy doses of suspense.
Laurel Osterkamp is a Kindle Scout/award-winning author of women’s fiction and suspense. Her “day job” is as at Columbia Heights High School, where she teaches creative writing, college writing, and AP Lit. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband, two chatty children, an overweight cat, a gecko, and a hissing cockroach (don’t ask). Her other loves include chocolate, jogging, and boots.