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Thank you so much to William Osborne, author of ‘Jupiter’s Fire’, for agreeing to answer my interview questions. Keep reading to discover his responses, as well as more information about his book and himself.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
Inspiration comes from my imagination. I read a lot, I love to think up stories, I love films and their structure and I love the history of World War Two, I have a vast library of fiction and non fiction books about it. I also love the “what if?” premise when thinking of stories…that’s where I start…what is this happened and then what if that happened…and I let it play out in my head and sometimes I think, yes, there’s a story there.
What is your writing process
There is a funny saying, why don’t writers stare out of the window in the mornings? Because that’s what they do in the afternoons. But seriously, I spend quite a lot of time just thinking about the story, maybe a few weeks or months, then I jot down a rough idea of the story, beginning, middle, end, then I fill in the gaps until it’s mostly there but not all of it and then I start to write and sometimes, the writing takes me to a different place but one that feels right.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I used to write everything long hand with an ink pen and when I get stuck I still do but I am comfortable with a computer now. When I first started it was on a typewriter!
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Tygo Winter, from Winter’s Bullet, I just feel so sorry for him, he’s trapped, scared, miserable and everyone wants to kill him but he doesn’t give up, he keeps going…I like that. I hope I would be like that in the same situation.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I’d probably be one of the bad guys. They always say, the villains are always more interesting than the heroes.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Some are from my past, some I just like, some have a secret meaning only known to me! And some are my childrens’ names.
Thank you again, William!
Here’s more information about ‘Jupiter’s Fire’:
When Franco, a teenager living in the monastery at Monte Cassino in 1944 uncovers a long-lost Roman Eagle, the fabled Aquila for the Jupiter Legion, he sets in motion a desperate struggle to prevent the Nazis from using it to win the war. In a do-or-die mission, Franco and Dulcie, a teenage mountain girl, must steal the Eagle back and escape before its deadly power is unleashed. Pursued by the implacable forces of the SS they will discover not just the secrets of the Eagle but also themselves.
William Osborne – Born 1960 – educated at Greshams School, Holt, Norfolk and Robert Louis Stevenson, Pebble Beach, California, studied law at Cambridge,(MA), barrister at law, Member of the Middle Temple. Screenwriter and member of Writers Guild of America (West) – Author (published works, 1994, 1998, Hitler’s Angel, Winter’s Bullet, Jupiter’s Fire). Lives in Norfolk, enjoys life, film, dog walking, cold water swimming, lego, collecting odd stuff, driving his beach buggy.
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