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Contact: Laurel Osterkamp
Minnesota author's upcoming novel, Starring in the Movie of My Life, tells
a story of relationships and redemption.
STARRING IN THE MOVIE OF MY LIFE, by novelist Laurel Osterkamp, is about
two women who vie for the love of the same man. Thirty-five-year-old
Samantha acts without thinking. Her heart is huge while her sense of purpose is
small; she's willing to fight for those she loves, but she's never learned to fight
for herself. Eighteen-year-old Melody is cold and calculating, and she's driven by
the desire to better herself. As these compelling yet deeply flawed women battle
for the affections of 25-year-old Nathan, he becomes increasingly confused and
torn between them.
Nathan is Melody's English teacher, and after he saves her from being raped,
she becomes attached to him. Melody longs for the affection she's never felt, so
she involves her friends and family in her self-invented drama, making sure she
is at once the star and the director. Meanwhile, Samantha is newly married to
Nathan. But Samantha has issues, including hang-ups about motherhood and
lingering feelings for her ex. To make sense of the world, Sam relates her life to
the themes of her favorite movies, while she independently makes a
documentary in order to jump-start her non-existent film career.
STARRING IN THE MOVIE OF MY LIFE is stylistically influenced by Jodi Picoult and
Jennifer Weiner. Told alternately from both Samantha's and Melody's points-of-
view, the novel relates two complete yet combined stories about love,
acceptance, and redemption; it speaks to our universal desire to be saved by
the ones we love, and the monumental effort required to save ourselves.
STARRING IN THE MOVIE OF MY LIFE will be marketed to both teens and adults.
Ms. Osterkamp’s experiences with both teaching and motherhood helped shape
this book, and lend it an authenticity that will engage readers of a wide range of
interests and ages. “I feel like this book is a testament to my thirties,” says Ms.
Osterkamp. “While it’s in no way autobiographical, it’s about issues that I’ve
faced, and that many women face when they reach their third decade, like
career, marriage, motherhood, and friendship. At the same time, my experiences
working with high school kids helped me create Melody and her story, and I
believe she’s realistic as well. I hope readers will relate to the authentic situations
presented in this book.”
Ms. Osterkamp’s first novel, FOLLOWING MY TOES, published by PMI Books,
won the 2008 National Indie Book Award for Excellence (Chick Lit category). In
September 2006 the Minnesota Women's Press did a feature about it. And in
March of 2007 she circulated her e-serial LOOKING FOR WARD to over 100
readers to build a fan-base and create word-of-mouth about her writing. Ms.
Osterkamp plans to continue and add to these promotional activities for her new
PMI Books will release STARRING IN THE MOVIE OF MY LIFE on February 1,
2011. (ISBN: 978-1-933826-677, 318 pages, $13.95).
For more information about Ms Osterkamp and her writing, please visit www.