I’m so pleased to have author and one of my fantastic crit partners, Callie Hutton, here today.
CERI: Welcome Callie! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
CALLIE: My first love is being a mom. Second, reading, which naturally segued into writing–for me, anyway.
I’ve been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave me a way to turn off the voices in my head. I’ve had a number of things published, and about a year and a half ago, decided to put it to the test and write a book.
Although I’ve lived in several states, Oklahoma is where I’ve hung my hat for the last several years, but I hail from New Jersey. I’m an Okie-Jersey girl. And proud of it.
I love my animals, two rescue dogs and a rescue cat. My daughter, Anna, still lives at home while she works on her Law Enforcement degree at Oklahoma State University. My son has given us whiplash the last few years, moving in and out. Currently he’s in–I think. Add to our group my hubby of thirty-five years, and things are always hopping.
CERI: Sounds like a busy household! I can relate to that, though all my kids are 21 and under. The Okie-Jersey girl combo intrigues me! LOL as does the beginnings of your writing. Where do you get your inspirations for you books these days?
CALLIE: Everywhere and anywhere. One time I got an inspiration in church (fitting, wouldn’t you say?), and wrote an outline of my Regency novel, The Elusive Wife, on the back of a check I pulled from my purse. Sometimes a song, or a movie or book.
CERI: That’s great! I always try to carry paper around with me for such an emergency. You can’t turn off an idea once it’s coming. What genre do you prefer to write in or are there more than one?
CALLIE: I’m was a history major in college, so Historical is pretty much my favorite genre. But last year I was part of a group of my Oklahoma RWA who wrote novellas on a cursed Scrimshaw Doll. That book was a contemporary, and I had a lot of fun using the modern day clothing and sayings. There’s a website dedicated to the series here: http://talesofthescrimshawdoll.wordpress.com/. My book, Annie’s Attic releases from TWRP on May 30th. I also wrote a Regency last year, that I plan to re-write and get subbed. And sometime in the future there will be aScottish/Irish book.
CERI: Oh, a writer after my own heart! Nothing like a Scottish/Irish story and cursed dolls are very cool! What a fun, and creepy series to be a part of! You sure do cover a lot of area with all your stories. What inspired your latest story?
CALLIE: I just finished the third in my Oklahoma Lovers series, entitled A Prescription for Love. It’s the story of how Heidi and Michael, the oldest nephew in A Run For Love, fall in love. I had been playing around with his story in my mind since I first wrote a Run For Love. The time was right to tell their story.
CERI: I’m honored that I was able to meet these characters already. It’s a wonderful story. You should be very proud of it. What do you do besides write?
CALLIE: Read. I love to read, and go through probably three to four books a week. I pretty much stay in the historical genre, but I’ve been known to sneak in a few contemporaries every now and then. In fact, last summer I read all seventeen of Janet Evonovich’s Stephanie Plum books.
CERI: I’m so jealous! It takes me forever to get through one book. I haven’t ready any J.E. books, so if you read all 17 then that is a high recommendation. I’ll have to give them a look. Okay, now I’m going to have you answer the following just for fun!
Pick one word to describe yourself:Upbeat Favorite animal:Pig Favorite comfort food:Hot tea Spring, summer, autumn or winter?Autumn Favorite book:So many, it would be hard. But The Perfect Wife by Lynsay Sands sticks out. If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do?Lawyer
Best vacation ever:One still to be had. Hubby and I plan a trip to Europe in about two years
Now let’s hear about your book!!
Book description: A Run For Love is an historical romance that starts out with the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.
Blurb: Feisty school teacher Tori Henderson values her independence and has no use for a husband. When she finds herself the legal guardian of her two nieces, two nephews, and facing eviction from her Kansas home, she enters the 1889 Oklahoma land run and confronts a new set of challenges. The biggest obstacle being her new neighbor, cocky lawyer Jesse Cochran, the son of a whore–a man determined to put his past behind him and start a new life and family of his own.
Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Tori is determined to keep him at arm’s length, but a family emergency brings them together and they declare a truce. Can Jesse win Tori’s heart after a series of unplanned events, or will a tragedy tear them apart forever?
“Jesse never gave up on me.” She pointed a shaky finger at the pastor. “He never gave up. Never! No matter how many times I pushed him away, he never, ever gave up. You didn’t know that did you?” Her voice lowered and she rubbed dirty, bloody hands down her skirt, her voice shaking. “I’m not giving up on him either.” She flung her arm out. “So you can all go on home, but I’ll be here until I find him.”