One of the things I enjoy most about having a blog is being able to interview a fellow author. It is a great way to get to know them a little better and hear about their newest release. Today I have the awesome Calisa Rhose in the house.
Kylie: Welcome Calisa! Thank you for visiting and being brave enough to answer my questions.
Calisa: I’m thrilled to be here, Kylie! We are gonna have fun!
Kylie: You say that now, but you haven’t been grilled – ahem- interviewed yet. 🙂 Let’s start out with your newest release. I’d love to hear about it.
Calisa: It’s titled Risk Factors, released by Lyrical Press, Inc.
– available March 4, 2013
Love, like life, is not without risk.
BLURB- Veterinarian Vivian Dane has purchased her uncle’s practice in the tiny town of Wales, Missouri, where most residents still doubt her ability to treat their pets. But Viv is used to being considered less-worthy than her predecessors. After all, her parents are world-renowned wildlife vets, and most everyone is unimpressed she’s chosen to not follow directly in their footsteps.
Now Connor, a patient’s owner, is hot for Viv, but clearly doesn’t think she’s dating material because he has a daughter…who he believes no woman is good enough for.
Being a perfect dad is EMT paramedic Connor’s life focus. He can’t seem to stay away from sexy Doctor Viv, but attraction is as far as he’ll ever let it go. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be raised in the foster system, and then his wife abandoned both him and their daughter. He absolutely will not risk bringing another woman into his little girl’s life and having her feel the hurt of being left…again.
Forfeiting is easier than attempting and failing. So why does Viv feel compelled to prove she’s a sure bet for Connor and his daughter? Can Connor trust Viv–and himself–enough to play the possibilities?
Kylie: Ooh, this sounds good! Who doesn’t love an EMT or a man who is raising his daughter? Connor can rescue me any time – just saying. Okay, moving on…who is your favorite character? I’d love to see an excerpt that showcases why you like this character.
Calisa: I adore Viv’s tenacity to get her man, no matter what it takes. Here’s a sample:
“Jelly Bean? What people?” Was he deliberately trying to confuse her? If so, he was wasting his time, because she spent half her time in that state…without help.
Connor laughed. The slow, husky sound curled Viv’s toes several times, like one of those party favors that rolled tight, and then straightened with each breath. His eyes darkened slightly.
Viv knew she was staring. Didn’t seem able to look away.
“Janna calls her pets ‘people.’ And some are territorial, while others think they can move where and whenever they choose. Giggles is a mover.” He still smiled.
Viv forced a swallow down her dry throat and broke her gaze from his. “I see. Jelly Bean…Janna, calls her animals people, and you call your daughter food. Got it.”
Boy did she. Bad at that moment.
His laugh ratcheted up a decibel, increasing her level of oh, my God, where have you been all my life? I think I lust you! craving. Not the it he was talking about, but definitely the it that made her walk from the room, before she said or did something stupid. His smile prompted uncontrolled idiocy in her for some awful reason she couldn’t figure out.
“Where do you want this?”
She turned at the surgical station to find him standing a foot behind her, holding up the carrier once again. The light gray polo shirt he wore stretched tight over his chest, outlining hidden muscles. He lifted the carrier, standing so close she could smell his light aftershave and soap.
Viv knew before she spoke that it was about to happen. She was helpless to prevent it as her mouth opened. “Do you want to have dinner?”
Kylie: I love the line “I think I lust you!” 🙂 I’m curious…have you been writing long? How did you get started?
Calisa: I’ve been writing since I was a teen, but didn’t get serious about getting published until 2005 when I wrote a manuscript with the express purpose of submitting it. It’s sitting on my hard drive still.
Kylie: I think most of us have a manuscript or two either hidden on our hard drive or gathering dust under the bed. I dig mine out every once in a while just to remind myself how far I have come since those early days. Which brings me to my next question – How do you deal with rejection letters?
Calisa: With a grain of salt. Rejections just mean that one (or two or ten) publisher didn’t want my story, not that all publishers don’t. I’m a firm believer that if I do my job right and good there is a home somewhere for every story.
Kylie: I couldn’t agree more. Do you have a critique partner or a beta reader to help you polish your stories before you send them out?
Calisa: Both! I am in a critique group and have several friends who are usually happy to Beta read my completed work and offer last minute suggestions. To me cps and Betas are invaluable. Every writer needs at least three. 🙂
Kylie: What drew you to the type of book you write?
Calisa: Mostly my love of romance and contemporary settings, modern cowboys and first responders.
Kylie: Do you spend much time on research for your story? If so, what do you like most about it?
Calisa: It depends on the story content. If it’s a cowboy or small town story there’s not a lot of research necessary since I’m a good ol’ girl from the ranch and know most of what I write, unless I write about a specialty like a veterinarian as I did in RF. But for my first book, Home, I had to spend hours learning about the Vietnam war. I love learning about things I don’t know so research is fun usually.
Kylie: What other titles do you have available? How about its tag line?
Calisa: Home, with The Wild Rose Press
What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
Kylie: What a great tag line! I certainly want to know the answer. Do you have a favorite book?
Calisa: I don’t think I have one. I enjoy so many authors and so, so many books I can’t think of one I like above all others.
Kylie: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Tell me about a perfect writing day for you.
Calisa: I am a pantser! I’ve tried to plot but so far it hasn’t worked well for me. Lol A perfect writing day…well, I get up at 6, get the granddaughter off to school at 7 and go home and check a few emails. I’m also an editor so I have ‘work’ to do and this often means edits for my authors before I can settle down to write. I try to get to my work in the evening when I have other edits to work on, but we’ll say I don’t for this interview. I’d open my word doc around nine or ten, after checking four email accounts, and then write as much as I can (hopefully without interruptions from FIL whom I care for in my house too) until hubby and granddaughter gets home around three. Then it’s family ‘stuff’ until about seven when I’m free to check blogs, emails or ‘play’ on social media, then get in a few more words before bed.
Kylie: That’s quite a schedule even on a perfect writing day – wow. Do you ever struggle with writer’s block? If so, how do you work your way through it?
Calisa: Yes. I’ve actually been struggling with it off and on since moving FIL in with us two years ago. It’s hard for me to ignore surroundings to write so I struggle with blocking others out even when they aren’t in the room.
Kylie: Okay, one last question. Do you use a pen name? How did you decide on the name?
Calisa: I do, sort of. Calisa is my real name. Rhose is after my mom who loved roses; flowers, color, perfume—everything rose. I added the ‘h’ in my name because there are already several authors with the common spelling and I like to stand out. <grin> I chose a pen name to protect my family, but thanks to FB I think most everyone already knows my real last name too. Lol
Kylie: Thank you for taking the time to visit and being such a good sport answering my questions. It has been a lot of fun 🙂
Calisa: Thanks for inviting me on your awesome blog, Kylie! It’s been fun talking to you.
I’d like to ask readers what you like to read about. If you could name a heroine, in one of my contemporary books, what would you name her? I have trouble coming up with jobs for my heroines. What should her job/career be?
Kylie: Do you want to know where you can get Calisa’s book? Links are listed below.
Also, Risk Factors is on Authorgraph! Get your copy signed. http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/CalisaRhose
Calisa Rhose is an Okie, born and bred, through and through, and proud of it. While growing up, when she wasn’t on the back of a horse, she could be found with pen and paper in hand. Her writing career began with poetry in her younger days. Then she discovered Rock-n-Roll and cute musicians. Poetry turned into stories of romance and dreams. These days she lives with the same man who convinced her to take a romantic journey with him almost 30 years ago. After raising three strong daughters she spends her days loving their granddaughters, hoping for a boy someday, and writing. When she’s not writing, you can find Calisa putting on her editor hat and working to help other published and aspiring writers.
She is working on more projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders and firemen, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes – and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.
Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com