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Interview With Callie Carmen!
Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?
No, not a curse; I love writing. Especially, when I’m writing about things that have happened to me in my past. If there is any curse involved, I have put on a bit of weight from the long hours of sitting at the computer writing or working on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t you hate it when that happens!
What is something you are good at that only a few people know about?
I’d have to say I’m good at cooking Italian food. It’s all about the homemade sauce. I cook mine for at least five hours. My mother taught me, and my father’s mom taught my mom. My grandmother was married to my Italian grandfather right from Italy, so it had to be a good sauce, or else. Three of my favorite dishes are my lasagna with meatballs, eggplant parmesan, and chicken parmesan. I make a huge pot of sauce and use it for three different meals.
What is the best compliment you have received about your writing?
Not that romance novels are all about the love making scenes, but it was what I was most worried about. I strong-armed my husband, with guilt trips, into reading the first book in my Risking Love series. He plays a lead role in that story. After reading my lovemaking scenes, he said, “I don’t smoke, but I sure need a cigarette after reading that sex scene you wrote.” At the time I couldn’t imagine a better motivation to keep writing.
But then I had to turn my book into my male publisher. He had no choice but to read the book. So I asked him what he thought of my lovemaking scenes? To which he replied, “They had the desired effect.” He couldn’t see my reaction because he lives in the UK and I’m in the US. Thank goodness, because he would have seen my happy dance and it’s pretty lame.
What is your most favorite line you’ve ever written and why?
That is an easy one. It is the very end of book one of the Risking Love series. It is something that was said by my mother when I was a child, and I continued the tradition with my family. You’ll have to read that book to find out what it is. And no skipping to the end to see. It drives me crazy knowing the ending of a book that I am reading or about to read.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Five finished and two half books which are books five and six in my Risking Love series. I need to get better at continuing my writing of the unfinished books, while doing social media, and in edits for my next upcoming published book. If you know any tricks for that I’d love to hear them.
Do you google yourself?
I did once to see if my website came up when I keyed my name in. It did, and I was happy about that. I also found out that there was a stripper or hooker with the name Carmen Callie. I was so thankful to see that the name was reversed. Hopefully, by now she’s changed her name to something like Bambi.
What is your favorite childhood book?
As a young child, it would have to be Babar books. I used to sit on my mother’s, lap and she would read them to me. After that, the first favorite that I re-read so many times that it finally fell apart on me was Black Beauty the same thing happened with Bridge To Terabithia. Both of those novels made me tear up. But may favorite series was the Gregor the Overlander and Harry Potter books.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Don’t judge. I suppose if I knew it would help my writing I would give up my TV shows. They are all seasonal shows. Let me preface my answer by saying I grew up with parents that never missed the Lawrence Welk Show, Hee Haw, or the Ed Sullivan Show. All of which mostly revolved around singing. So that is my defense why I love, The Voice, America’s Got Talent and American Idol. I might as well embarrass myself further I also watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette. What can I say; I’m a sap for people finding love.
Is there one subject that you would never write about? What is it?
Yes, that would have to be anything to do with a child being hurt like rape. I’m a big fan of the John Grisham novels, but when I picked up A Time to Kill and found myself reading a violent rape of a ten-year-old girl by not one but two men I had to put the book down. I couldn’t finish it. I went on to read so many more of his books and years later I got brave enough to go back and finish A Time to Kill. I am so glad I did because I think it was one of his best books.
What’s the sexiest accent? And have you included a reference to it in your books.
That would have to be a clear Irish accent. And I love the word lass. I think the movie The Quiet Man sealed the deal for me. Yes, in Patrick in the first book in my Risking Love series Patrick is of Irish descent and belongs to an Irish Club, but he was raise in the US so he doesn’t have the accent.
Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
At present, I don’t work outside the home. I used to. I had a dream job as a senior book buyer for one of the large bookstore chains in their corporate office. After raising my three children during their younger years I went to work for our local school district running their Community Education Department which was lots of fun because if was all about finding ways to entertain children and adults with sports, art, languages, cooking classes, computer classes, robotics, you name it if it made people happy or educated them in a fun way I had it in the community program.
Did you choose the genre you write in or did it choose you?
Both the Risking Love series and my first book The Enemy I Know chose me. Another author saw the request for writers to submit their books for the Craving Loyalty Anthology which had a romance theme with mafia and gangsters. She thought I’d be a good fit for that type of romance. Since my grandfather ran the Siena Tavern during the Korean War period, and some of the mafia gangsters used to often stop by his club in New England, I decided that she was right. I used my grandfather’s daughter as my muse in that setting. In no time, I had my first short story published. Patrick my first book in the Risking Love series just poured out of me because while it was fiction, it also had pieces of my own love story in it.
What are your favorite types of characters to write?
That is an easy one. I love to write about men that have a wonderful sense of humor, that are motivated, hardworking individuals, that are strong, confident, and hot as a habanero in and out of the bedroom. Women that work hard and become successful that can laugh at themselves, that are light-hearted, kind, and know what they want in a man.
Have you got any writing tips that you would like to share?
This might not be advice that newer writers want to hear, but it is essential for you to be as successful as possible. Set up your social media sites right away that means before you even finish your first book. That is not to say that it is ever too late to do this just that it has to be done. If you don’t advertise to let people know about your book how will they know that it exists? Once they are set up advertise your books on a regular basis. Set up social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Instagram, MeWe, Website, and Goodreads to name a few. Pick three to start and master those before moving on to others or you will be too overwhelmed.
Read the genre you want to write in. This is important so you can understand what works and doesn’t work in that genre. Of course, keep reading other types that you enjoy too.
Write about things you know, you like, and the words will come to you more easily. If you write about something that you are not familiar with be sure to do plenty of research so your story is believable.
Do yourself a favor don’t have several named characters in your book because as soon as the editor gets their hands on it, you will be editing a lot of them back out again.
All the reviews are 5 stars for Patrick on Amazon!
I really loved this book. The characters are great and the story flows nicely. The love between the main characters had depth and passion. The author kept you on your toes with the thriller aspect of a serial killer. I’m not a big horror lover, so I was hesitant to read this. The serial killer pieces are tasteful and just enough to add a thrill aspect with out going overboard. I am absolutely going to buy the next book in this series. Loved the other characters and I can’t wait for their stories. – Jessica
Patrick was a page turner. The combination of thriller suspense alongside a true romance portraying the excitement of real love is intriguing and hard to put down. Can’t wait for the next book in the series! – Jane
Not a book you can put down, will keep you up at night, looking for more!!!!! – Eileen
Patrick makes the hair on your arms stand up, makes you laugh and even may make you cry. It also leaves you wanting the second book in the series so you can find out what happens to Jaq’s five best friends. Oh, I almost forgot you will be fanning yourself during the lovemaking scenes. Patrick is the kind of man that many of us hope to find for ourselves. – Carlie
Just Terrific! – J
GOODREAD REVIEWS FOR PATRICK
45 Goodread reviews for Patrick with a 4.11rating out of five
Callie Carman certainly puts her M/C through the emotional wringer in this, her first release. From the heady heights of true love to the hot roller coaster of lust. Jaq also has decisions to make; does she commit to her newest beau, or keep her old ones? And if that's not enough, their is drama in the air, as a one-night stand starts to push her to meet him again, but he's not too polite about it, scary indeed.
If you're a romance fan and like lots of spice in the mix. If you like to feel a tingle go up your spine as you read, and that can be for more than one reason, you're going to enjoy this read, but you might want to sit in front of your open freezer door when the action spirals into a tempest. You have been warned folks.
This one got my emotions going. Jaq is an independent young woman who knows herself and what she wants. Patrick has less self confidence but he also knows what he wants and isn’t into playing games. Their love story itself was sweet but then we throw in the serial killer. That really kicked it up. I was worried about all the girls, Patrick, and Jaden. Every time I felt like something was going to happen I had to take a break. Overall I enjoyed this story.
Patrick offers the contemporary romance reader all the excitement and romance that we've come to expect from these books, but new author Callie Carmen has also added a new level of excitement with a fascinating side story that runs throughout most of Patrick. While he searches for true love, the police search for someone else. A great read. Looking forward to the rest of the Risking Love series as this is book #1.
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THE CRAVING LOYALTY ANTHOLOGY
Publishing publication date March 27, 2018
THE ENEMY I KNOW
by Callie Carmen
Army Ranger Jake has to rescue his sister from the mob. He needs the help of the woman he left broken hearted. will Annie put herself in danger for the man that left her behind? Will their flame reignite?
Loyalty. Noun. 'A strong feeling of support or allegiance.'
For some, loyalty can be bought. For others, it's earned. But the thing about loyalty⏤ it can change in an instant. All it takes is one act, one decision, and loyalty shifts to betrayal in the blink of an eye...a sin which cannot go unpunished.
Not in this world.
But sometimes things happen beyond our control, forcing our allegiances to change. Like the mob enforcer who wants nothing more than to seduce the assassin hired to kill him. Or the FBI agent who falls for the woman whose past holds ties with the mafia.
Yet, no matter the reason or motive, the consequences of betrayal are always deadly. Because in this world everyone is... Craving Loyalty.
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Publication Date May 25, 2018
Book one in the Risking Love Series
Risking Love Novels
Take a risk on the new Risking Love series.
These steamy stories will have you laughing, crying, and your heart racing.
Will they let the past dictate their future?
Or, risking love, will they find the passion they are missing?
After Jaq had come off of a three-year relationship that led nowhere, she was determined not to get tied down again. She even convinced the man that she saw that they should both date others. All the while Jaq kept her heart guarded because of her past trust issues.
Then Patrick O’Conner came along; sparks flew between them. Will her insatiable, sexual attraction to him be enough to make Jaq get over her trust issues? Could she finally let a man get close enough to fall in love, if that was possible, could she forgive Patrick for keeping his heart crushing past a secret?
She had all that to worry about on top of the serial killer that was on the loose. He may have been closer to home than she’d thought.
Patrick had gotten his life on track and felt good about his future. He just recently moved on from the woman who betrayed him and was not looking for a new relationship. Then Patrick became overwhelmingly drawn to Jaq Telesco. He had to have her, and he was not willing to share. Now he had to convince her that he was the one she could trust and risk loving.
Social Media Fun!
SURVEYS COMPLETED ON FACEBOOK
A special thank you to all of my friends that took the time to participate in the following surveys. I’m hoping that some of you romance writers will find this information helpful. And romance readers will see how their likes and dislikes fit in with some of the other readers.
Do you tend to be attracted to men in a particular line of work?
If so, what type of job, perhaps an:
Athlete, Cowboy, Farmer, Traveling Writer/Historian, Business, Construction, or other?
RESULTS ARE IN
Out of 74 surveyed, a few chose more than one career.
As you can see, an overwhelming number of voters liked all of the career choices. One may say, that voters just loved how all of the men looked, and didn’t even take note of the career options. I chose to believe that they like men in general and that it didn’t matter what their career was. Of course, if personality had been part of this survey the results may have been different.
Do you have an eye color preference?
If so, is it brown, green, blue or gray?
RESULTS ARE IN (Out of 136 surveyed)
The majority of us had no eye color preference. But for those of us that did it looks like the guys with baby blues have a slight advantage over the green and win hands down over the brown and gray. No wonder why so many of us have enjoyed watching the following men over the years.
Not necessarily the ones in the photo’s below, but which type do you prefer.
Type 1: fit man that's well-defined with visible muscles
Type 2: fit man that's lean, with athletic shape
RESULTS ARE IN
Out of 172 surveyed several chose both.
To most women in this survey, it didn’t matter which type of male was chosen. They were happy with both kinds. There were a few that said it didn’t matter at all how they looked they were only concerned with their intelligence and personality. The over all winner was a fit man that's lean, with an athletic shape.
If you read romance books, do you like a hot woman or a sexy man on the cover?
RESULTS ARE IN
Out of 150 surveyed some choice both.
*Out of the thirteen chosen for a woman on the cover four of those votes came from men and eight from women that selected either one. Their answers went in both columns. Leaving one female selecting the choice of only a woman on the cover.
I saw this cute survey that Whitney Perry posted on potions.
RESULTS ARE IN
Out of 52 surveyed a few picked more then one.
Out of the group surveyed it was clear that most people wanted to be able to teleport anywhere at the drop of a dime. That was the one that I picked. The close second was staying young forever. When that had come up in a conversation in the past, I had always thought of family and loved ones in my life. I had felt that I’d be in constant pain having to say goodbye to those I care for way too many times. That was not for me. Now if there was one that gave me the body I had at the age of twenty-five and I got to keep that shape until I died an ordinary death then sign me up. I’d love that, and I bet my husband would too. The one that I had felt was valuable was not one of the choices. It would be to speak, understand and write every language in the universe. Yes, I said universe just in case there are aliens out there and they decide to come to our world I’d like to understand what they are saying. Especially, if it involves taking over the earth. Or they decide humans taste like chicken. Lol.
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