I’m really thrilled to be here, Rebecca! Thanks for inviting me.
Would you please share a short bio about yourself?Small-town country girl Calisa
Rhose lives in a semi-remote area of Oklahoma with her husband, five dogs, one cat and one horse. All of her three daughters and their families live within throwing distance. She’s a member of RWA and the local chapter OKRWA. She intends to nurture and continue to grow as an author with the help of her family and supporters.
Q Do you consider yourself a shy and/or introverted person?
A You know, I did think of myself as shy. I don’t like to be in the spotlight, people staring at me, judging me. But then I stood in front of 20 women and read a sex scene at a recent local RWA meeting and let Sharon Sala judge my writing. Not judge--what she did was tell me how to improve and I felt so wonderful about me afterward! For standing up and reading MY work, a sex scene... I’ve said many times that I do not write those scenes and will definitely not let anyone read it if I did. And I did it. Wow.
Recently I took a quiz. Am I an introvert or extrovert? I knew which I am so the results surprised me. I am an introvert, but I’m also a bit of an extrovert. I was amped after reading that scene, I love attention, the spotlight- just don’t look at me! LOL
Q In what ways has being shy or introverted hindered your writing career?
A I’ve been writing since I was a teen but the only person to have ever read anything I’ve written is my sister until in 2005 I took the plunge and wrote and submitted my first ‘real’ manuscript to Harlequin. I think if I’d had more confidence and less shyness I’d have done that a lot sooner. Being shy also affected the heat levels of my writing. Until my last submission last year there was no sex in my writing. Closed doors, you know.
Q In what ways has being shy or introverted helped your writing career?
A It forced me to concentrate on the craft to learn. I didn’t just jump out there and act like I knew all there was because I didn’t want to be judged or laughed at for not knowing what the heck I was talking about. I needed to know.
Q What’s the hardest part of this business for you? A Writing sex scenes. Writing hard scenes, emotional ones. I invest so much of me into them that I have to really let go and I don’t like to let go. LOL
Q Tell me about a time that you had to step outside your comfort zone either in your writing career or in your personal life?
A Besides the afore-mentioned reading a sex scene out loud and to Sharon Sala for a critique--who, if you aren’t aware, is a NYT Best Selling author!?
Q What’s one tip you could share with shy and introverted people that’s helped you?
A Just clench your eyes and do it, jump in. Whatever ‘it’ may be, you can do it if it means enough to you. That goes for your writing as well as personal life. You will never experience the great things in life sitting on the sidelines. I know I couldn’t have.
Q Would you please share a short blurb of your book and where my readers can buy it?
A Here it is:
What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
Silvertown’s outcast, Poppy Tippen, has loved football hero Sam “The Force” Callahan forever. But he never seemed to know she was alive. Now he’s home from the war and she suddenly finds herself comforting him from the demons of “that damn war.” Is his attention merely an escape from the haunting nightmares? Or does she hold the interest of the only man she’s ever truly loved?
Sam Callahan’s only solace from the war nightmares wrecking his life comes in the unlikely form of a gypsy girl with stigmas of her own. He’s known Poppy his entire life, but there’s something different about her now. Something special he desperately wants to hold on to. Can he convince her she’s the only thing he needs to put the past behind him?
Get your copy of HOME at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon and B&N.
Q Where can my readers find you on the web?
A Find Calisa at her website/blog .
On Twitter @Calisa_Rhose and Facebook @Calisa Rhose
She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.