Written In the Stars Anthology Spotlight: Lexi Ostrow

Written in the Stars Author: Lexi Ostrow

Interview With Lexi Ostrow:

Tell us what prompted you to start the series? Be as detailed as you want. 

I honestly can’t remember what triggered this series. I LOVE writing light-hearted Christmas romances and it seemed like retelling the fairy tales was not done before. The choice really came when I had to decide what heat level to make the series. Since fairy tales are traditionally a younger audience, I decided this would become my first full YA/NA series.

How did you feel as you were writing the first book? Has that feeling changed between then and now? If so, how? 

I just remember the words flying off the tips of my fingers. I’m not sure if it’s because the source material is so ingrained in my head – despite my many changes – or if it’s just because I always seem to flow so well with my Christmas romances. I’m currently writing book four, and I have learned that my joy is still there, but it’s considerably stronger when I’m twisting a favorite fairy tale – like the Princess and the Frog or Hercules (yes, I know, it’s technically a myth but it’s my series :D)

How many times have you had a specific idea for the story but it has been derailed because the characters decide to go a different way? 

Thankfully, never in this series. Due to needing to follow an iconic arc, the characters seem to play nicely. Now, other series… let’s just say single books have frequently turned into series to tie things up or been completely rewritten.

What was the most difficult part in writing the series? 

Picking which comes next! Thankfully, my street teamers are happy to vote. Only once have I gone against their choice – and I apologized to them. 2020 was rough. Pandemic aside, a mystery illness took over my life (that is undiagnosed but I’ve stopped letting it win), we had to move from New Orleans, we had to sell our first home, and ya know…COVID. I needed Hercules in my life so I made some adjustments and swapped Beauty and the Beast to this year.

If you could give advice to anybody else considering writing a series, what advice would you give? 

Keep a journal if the series books connect together. Don’t leave any detail out because your readers will spot even the smallest change like the name of a shop.

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Lexi Ostrow has been in love with the written word since second grade when her librarian started a writing club. Born in sunny southern California she’s spent time in various places across the country and is not-so-patiently waiting for the USCG to return her to New

 Orleans. Mom to a toddler and an array of pets, her house is never lacking stories to tell.

Lexi has been a writer ever since the second grade in some form or another. Getting her degree in creative writing and her master’s in journalism she couldn’t wait to get a chance to put her fantasies down on paper. From paranormal romance to thriller there isn’t a genre she doesn’t love to spend her time reading or writing. With her BA in creative writing from UCR and her MA in multi-media Journalism from Emerson College, she’s ready to take on the literary world one novel at a time.

Reading and writing are her first loves, but her passion for shopping, love for yummy food and her love for all her many pets are not far behind. Lexi is an enthusiast Whovian and DC Comic Show lover who isn’t afraid to talk someone’s ear off about them. She hopes to one day help other readers fall in love with writing as she did.

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