Monday Magic presents Romance Author, Calisa Rhose

I’m excited to welcome Calisa Rhose today, whose recent release Home is the first in a series of books about a spooky Scrimshaw Doll that The Wild Rose Press is publishing for the Oklahoma Romance Writers. So far two of the books have been released, two more are scheduled, and four more have been contracted, and are in edits.

Callie: Let’s hear a little bit about Calisa.

Calisa: A little about me…well I live in central Oklahoma near one of the state’s largest lakes. My husband and I care for his elderly father and also our oldest granddaughter so our empty nest has never truly been empty. Lol I enjoy riding horses and love my sweet ole’ Sonny Delight, crafting is a passion and when my daughters were in grade-middle school I made no-sew picture frames from cardboard and fabric and sold them. Let’s see, what else? Oh- I read every chance I get, which isn’t as often as you’d think, since one other thing that might be kind of interesting is that I’m an independent editor and for Still Moments Publishing. I’ve got something else editorially-wise in the works but can’t say anything yet in case it jinxes me. J

Callie: It sounds like you’re one very busy lady. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Calisa: I’d love to say that when I’m writing I go into a bubble and just create. But the truth is I write around caring for my father in-law and granddaughter’s needs, and edits. So I start out checking email and blogging/visiting blogs. I move to whichever editing project I’m working on if there’s a deadline, otherwise I write from ten to three when family starts coming home. Then I edit or write through the evening around dinner and bedtime rituals. After eight-thirty the night is mine usually.

Callie: Yes, a very busy lady.  And what was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Calisa: It’s HARD flippin work! I’ve been writing what I call ‘closet stories’ since I was fifteen or so (and there they shall remain!). But when I decided to write-to-publish, the amount of work and this has to be just so, you can’t or don’t want to say that, do you? Heroes can’t be ‘that’ way! Well, hell! I just wanted to write and it’s hard to get that story really publish-worthy. People who think we sit around playing on computers all day (my hubby fits this category) need to walk in the shoes of their favorite author, who created those great books they stalk the book stores for the next one of, while grumbling about what takes so long to spit out a bunch of words on paper and get paid for it… for one day. Hard work.

And for you writers out there who have been told a h/H can’t be/do something different than the mold… Break the mold! Write YOUR story the way the h/H demand it be told. It’s their story and there are way too many choices for publishing out there today for you to write to please anyone but yourself…er, your hero and heroines. I’m not telling you to disregard a targeted publisher’s guidelines, but definitely push the boundaries if that’s your voice and style.

Callie:  Definitely good advice, Calisa. There are way too many books out there selling very well that went against the ‘guidelines’ for that genre. I always say it’s all about the story. If it’s a good one, it will attract readers. Tell me what does your family think of your writing?

Calisa: They think I’m a one-hit-wonder by now, I think! Lol It’s been a year almost since I contracted HOME and don’t have anything new coming out at this point. But creating takes time and I do have several projects on the burner in full boil. My plan is to throw five things out all at once, all over the publishing table and see what sticks. Then I’ll have five release dates in three months’ time. J Really, they are very supportive and excited about their mama and wife being a published author. My brothers brag, but they will deny it. I really think they even bought Home because I offered to gift it to them and both declined, and if you knew them, you’d think the same thing. J

Callie: It’s always nice to have family support. What do you think makes a good story?

Calisa: For me a good story is something that pulls me in and makes me invested in the characters. It doesn’t matter if the story begins slow, as long as the characters are engaging and the plot believable, I’ll keep reading past page five. But if the pace doesn’t pick up by the end of chapter one I probably won’t go any farther.

Callie: I think that’s probably what a lot of readers do. I hate it when the story starts off great, but by about the fifth or sixth chapter you’re say “okay, let’s get on with it.”  Now the biggie: Do you love or hate writing sex scenes?

Calisa: I LIKE (notice the middle emotion here) writing sex scenes now that I’ve figured out how to do it right. What I hate is someone else reading the sex scenes! LOL Yeah, I’m a shy writer when it comes to the bedroom. I can read anything, but writing it is a whole other animal! I think I’m getting better, though. J

Callie: Thanks for being here with us today, Calisa. Now tell us a little bit about “Home”:

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.

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, is a coordinator for the NRCA and IDA contest, as well as, taking on some contest judging. She intends to nurture and continue to grow as an author with the help of her family and supporters.

I can be found sporadically stalking the web in these places,

Find Calisa at her website/blog Calisa Rose Website 

Follow me on twitter @Calisa_Rhose and my author page at Facebook/Calisa Rhose

She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

Thanks for letting me come and prattle with you Callie! You’re an awesome hostess.

Callie: You’re certainly welcome, Calisa. It was a pleasure hearing about you and your book.

Note: As mentioned before, Home was the first release from The Wild Rose Press in the Scrimshaw Doll series. The second book, Pirate’s Proposal, by Diana Layne hit the cyber book shelves on January 18th. My book, Annie’s Attic, will appear on May 30th, and The Color of Betrayal by Kathy Wheeler on June 13th.  You can gather more information on the series here: Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll



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33 Responses to Monday Magic presents Romance Author, Calisa Rhose

  1. Mandi says:

    Great interview ladies 🙂

  2. Enjoyed the interview ladies…and Calisa, thanks for starting out my morning with a few chuckles, smiles and laughs by your comments!

    I know for sure when you throw a few ideas onto the publishing table something will stick! Good luck with your writing! xoxox

  3. Calisa Rhose says:

    That’s my theory and I’m going with it, Ann. I sure hope it’s worth it! Well, it is to me, but to everyone else, I hope. 🙂 Thanks for coming by.

  4. Calisa Rhose says:

    Thanks again for hosting me today Callie! I’ll check in as often as my current editing project allow. Darn those deadlines! lol

  5. Sandy B says:

    Thank you for saying we should write the story in our hearts — there are books out there that follow the guidelines, but somehow they feel scripted, don’t they. I love a book that strays a bit from the norm — and the publisher who decides to give it a chance in spite of the fact that it doesn’t “fit” anywhere.

  6. I’m with you on the idea that you should write what you want.
    Who wants to read the same old stuff rehashed with a different name?
    Not me.
    If I wanted that, I’d watch sitcom reruns.
    Way to go Calisa

  7. Elle James says:

    Hi Calisa,
    Great interview. I love the cover of your book. You are a very busy lady. I found that when I started writing, I had to give up a lot of the crafts I loved doing. Writing became an obsession. I miss making those fabric frames and crocheting. Sigh. But I love living in my characters, so it makes up for it. Keep those stories coming! Happy writing!

  8. Super interview, Calisa. Cyber hugs to you. Can’t wait for your next release since I loved HOME so much.

  9. Great post ladies. I love that you like to push the boundries. I believe you can break the rules, you just have to write a good book. If the story is great and the voice is strong, you can’t go wrong.

  10. “Write YOUR story the way the h/H demand it be told. It’s their story and there are way too many choices for publishing out there today for you to write to please anyone but yourself…er, your hero and heroines. I’m not telling you to disregard a targeted publisher’s guidelines, but definitely push the boundaries if that’s your voice and style.”

    That’s great advice, Calisa! Loved the interview – Lynne

  11. I feel the same way about writing sex scenes. The idea of people reading them makes me cringe. On top of that, I always feel like a Peeping Tom while I’m writing them. LOL Best of luck with all your projects, Calisa.

  12. Great interview! I love Home and it’s nice to see inside you’re writing life, Calisa..

  13. Neecy says:

    You ain’t kidding it’s hard flippin work to be an author. I agree on breaking the mold and telling a story the way you feel in your heart.
    Nice interview ladies,

    • Calisa Rhose says:

      Thanks for the validation Ceecy! Not that any of us need it. It’s just such a solitary life at times it’s good to know we’re NOT as alone as we often feel. 🙂

  14. Cindy Brannam says:

    Congratulations on your first release! Sounds like a great book – just bought a copy from WRP. Can’t wait to read it.

  15. Calisa Rhose says:

    Aw Thank you Cindy! You just made my day!! I hope you’ll post a review on Amazon/Goodreads/TWRP site… wherever you ‘go.’ 🙂 Or at least pop into my site and contact me to let me know if you like it, or if you don’t even- though I think you will. 🙂 I hope you will!

  16. Calisa said: “Write YOUR story the way the h/H demand it be told. It’s their story and there are way too many choices for publishing out there today for you to write to please anyone but yourself…er, your hero and heroines. I’m not telling you to disregard a targeted publisher’s guidelines, but definitely push the boundaries if that’s your voice and style.”

    Great advice! I couldn’t agree more.

  17. Calisa Rhose says:

    It posted the first time, Lynne. Don’t you hate temperamental blog comments! lol

  18. Calisa Rhose says:

    Nice to see you out of your revision cave, Ally! Thanks for the well wishes. Now get back to work. 🙂

  19. Ceri Hebert says:

    Enjoyed the interview, Calisa and Callie.

  20. Callie says:

    Ladies, that you all so much for stopping by to support Calisa. It was fun doing the interview with her.

  21. Calisa Rhose says:

    What Callie said. I had a lot of fun today. Thank you all for making it a success!

  22. I enjoyed the post, Calisa:) And, love that you believe in writing the story the way you hear it. I believe this is a return to writing the way author’s used to write…and why we had so many unique tales to choose from.


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