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Terri Osburn | The Perfect Scene

March 26, 2014

Terri OsburnHOME TO STAY

There comes a point in most every movie when a scene flashes across the wall before me, and I know. I know that this is the scene people will remember. The one they’ll talk about and tell their friends they have to see.

I had that feeling while watching the latest Disney Pixar film Frozen. If you’ve seen it, I bet you know exactly what scene I’m going to say. That’s right. It’s the scene in which Elsa lets loose. When she’s left the castle and the fear and censure behind, and creates her beautiful ice palace.

In case you haven’t seen the film, here’s the clip

Everything went right in that scene. The music, of course. Idina Menzel singing the Oscar winning Let It Go is already enough to make that scene better than any movie you’ll see this year. But the renderings by the artists are also perfection. The way Elsa moves. How she transforms and comes alive. The viewer feels everything Elsa is feeling. That streak of rebelliousness mixed with the joy of independence and embracing who and what she is.


And I would wager that the artists knew the moment the scene was finished (if not before) that they had something good. Really good. The same can happen in a book, when a scene comes alive and the reader laughs or cries or screams—or maybe all of the above.

I’ve been fortunate to experience this knowing feeling after writing a scene. Not that they all aren’t great (*g*) but some just really sing. I hope the reader feels it, too!

Let’s share some more examples. From books or movies, tell us about the scene that sang to you and why. One lucky commenter will win signed print copies of the first 2 books in my Anchor Island Series, MEANT TO BE (book 1) and UP TO THE CHALLENGE (book 2). US only. And don’t forget to pre-order book 3 in the series, HOME TO STAY, available in print, audio, and for Kindle May 1, 2014.


Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the genre of romance beckoned during her teen years. While Osburn went on to gain a degree in business administration, she couldn’t shelve her love of love stories. In 2007, she decided to put pen to paper and write her own. Just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award. The author of the Anchor Island contemporary romance series, Osburn resides in Virginia with her daughter, an assortment of pets, and her bookshelves full of keepers. To learn more about her and her books, visit her website at | Facebook Page | Goodreads

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