Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Interview: PHANTOMS, Division One Book 8 by Stephanie Osborn #SciFi

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Division One Book 8


Has Alpha One been played?

At long last, Echo and Omega are going on their first real date, and Echo pulls out all the stops.

But when he introduces Omega to a Broadway star, they find art imitating life, as a dangerous nonhuman entity plagues the theater.

Alpha One goes undercover to bring to light what’s really happening. But is the entity after the show’s leads…or have Echo and Omega been played?


Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

Hi there. I’m Stephanie Osborn, and I really am one of those rocket scientists you hear about. I worked for over 20 years in the civilian and military space industries, and only started looking to get out of the industry when I lost a friend aboard the Columbia disaster. I’d already started my first novel by then, and I decided to try to make a go of it as a writer. I’m still working on the “making a living” part, but I’ve got over 40 titles out that I’ve authored, co-authored, or to which I’ve contributed, so I guess you could say I’ve made a go of it. (Sort of.)

I have a husband of 30+ years (Darrell) who also does a lot of my book covers (he’s a graphics artist, AND an award-winning magician), and a cat (Elrond Half-Siamese). Elrond is a rescue; his mom was a feral who was caught and fostered, and then delivered a litter of kittens. Oh, and Elrond chose US. We came to the foster house to look for a new kitten, having just lost our Anna-cat a few weeks before, and when this small herd of cats came into the room, he spotted us, let out a yowl of joy, and came running across the room on stubby widdle kitten legs, tail arched high over his back, not stopping when he reached the couch, and scurrying right up it until he was in my arms (I was standing behind it). Then he snuggled down and started purring. I turned to Darrell and said, “Honey, I think we have a cat.” His grinning response was, “I guess so.”

I love to travel when I can, and read when I can find time. I’m handicapped now, but before the knees went, I had horses and enjoyed several forms of horseback riding. I miss that a lot.

1. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

I have a favorite part? Ha! Well, I suppose the actual writing. I like seeing a well-developed scene come to life as it emerges from my fingers, especially if it’s one that evokes strong emotional response.

2.  If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?

Flight. I’d love to be able to soar in the air, high above everything and look at it from God’s perspective. I dream about it occasionally and it’s wonderful.

3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?

Quite a lot; I am a very ‘visual’ writer, and if I can’t ‘see’ it happening, I can’t write it. (This doesn’t just include the sense of sight, but all the senses, sight just being strongest.) There’s not a lot I can do until I CAN see/perceive it. Sometimes I pace, sometimes I brainstorm, alone or with another trusted friend. Sometimes a change of venue helps, getting away from the computer and going out and doing something and getting my mind off it. At some point, the scene comes together for me and then I can’t set it down fast enough!

4. What is your least favorite part of writing?

I don’t write sequentially; I write rather like films are made. So at a certain point I have to go back and take all these scenes and connect them. And this is the part that is very difficult for me and is my least favorite part. Because usually those are connect-the-dots scenes that don’t have a great deal of significance to them, and it’s hard to infuse them with interest, and to convey the emotion from one major sequence to the next. Of course, the reader has to have moments to catch his/her breath, but there’s a certain amount of it that has to flow, or the narrative breaks down.

5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

That depends on how much warning I had of your arrival! If I had little warning, probably a nice stir-fry with steamed rice. If it was a planned dinner party, probably something revolving around the season — a cookout or barbecue in summer, a lovely harvest dinner in autumn, a hearty stew in winter, a delicate new-greens salad in spring…

6. What do you wish you’d done differently when you first started the publishing process?

I wish I’d known a lot more about it. I had several different people/groups take advantage of me, and I might be a lot farther along toward this whole “making a living at it” if I’d known better and made some different decisions.

7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?

Conflict. I have anxiety disorder and tend to try to avoid it in real life, though it seems often to come looking for me, one way or another. If I dare to pull it all out and write it down, I can do it, but it will have its effect, soon or late.

8.  A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?

“¡Hola! ¡Me llamo Frío y estoy aquí para darte una idea para un nuevo libro!”

9.  If you could wave a magic wand, what ill in the world would you solve and why?

I honestly don’t know. There are so many problems, and each person sees things differently, it’s hard for me to decide. And what is a problem to one person may not be, to another.

10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.

Today, book 8 of the Division One series, Phantoms, is being released in ebook formats! It comes out in print in two weeks.

About Author Stephanie Osborn…

Stephanie Osborn, aka the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, former rocket scientist and author of acclaimed science fiction mysteries, goes back to the urban legend of the unique group of men and women who show up at UFO sightings, alien abductions, etc. and make the evidence…disappear…to craft her vision of the universe we don’t know about—the universe containing a galactic civilization and government, of which Earth is a provisional member. Her new series, Division One, chronicles this universe through the eyes of recruit Megan McAllister, aka Omega, and her experienced partner, Echo, as they handle everything from lost alien children to extraterrestrial assassination attempts and more.

Books in the series are, in order:

1. Alpha and Omega
2. A Small Medium At Large
3. A Very UnCONventional Christmas
4. Tour de Force
5. Trojan Horse
6. Texas Rangers
7. Definition and Alignment
8. Phantoms

And coming soon:

9. Head Games (Jan 2019)
10. Break, Break Houston (tentatively Spring 2019)

And more!

I also hope to release the adjuncts to the series, The Division One Agents Handbook and The Division One Cookbook. Can’t promise on those yet.


Links to Stephanie’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: http://bit.ly/DivOnebk8


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Stephanie is giving away an ebook copy of ALPHA & OMEGA (Division One Book 1) to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Thanks, Stephanie, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

8 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Interview: PHANTOMS, Division One Book 8 by Stephanie Osborn #SciFi”

  1. Good morning, Stephanie, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I loved your interview. We are so much alike as writers. I don’t sequentially as often as I write out of sequence. I’m also a visual writer. I “see” scenes in my head like a holograph. If I can’t visualize it, I keep resetting the program to get the right scene quality. Wish I had a real one! I’d be sequestered in it for days! Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  2. “Elrond”……quite the throwback! I see why you lean to paranormal! 😉
    Interesting interview and nice to meet you.
    I, too, am visual. That’s why I seldom see a movie of books I’ve read. Characters rarely match my minds eye/ear.
    Thanks, Karen and Stephanie.

    1. Actually, I tend to write hard science fiction. Division One doesn’t really deal in paranormal; it’s my take on the urban legend of the men in black, and I play it as “This is the law enforcement agency of the galactic government.” In fact, paranormal tends to creep me out; I tried writing a paranormal horror novella and it was six months before I could walk around my house at night and be comfortable!

      I have a tendency to name my cats for literary characters. My previous kitty was another foundling — evidently someone’s purebred Siamese was bred and then found a nonpedigreed companion, and the resulting litter was mixed, so they callously dumped it by the side of the road. I ended up with the only purebred in the litter, and she was also the only one who survived more than a year or so. (She lived to 19, and died of old age in my lap.) I named her Anna, for the character in Anna and the King.

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