Romance Author Calisa Rhose

Please help me welcome my critique partner, and fellow Oklahoma RWA buddy, Calisa Rhose.

Hi, Callie! It’s great to be back on your lovely blog.

I’m excited with the sale of my second book sold to Lyrical Press, the first being with The Wild Rose Press. I’m thrilled to share a little of Risk Factors due to release TBA.

Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through? Oh, I like them redeemable ever since one showed me that he’s a true hero in disguise, misunderstood. Lol Of course, he didn’t start out that way.

A hero in disguise, I like that. What faults do you prefer your heroes to have? I think a tortured hero, one who has faults that scar his past and shape his future are the best. Take Sam Callahan in Home- he was a town hero until he returned from the war. That was his sole fault. He survived when others from his home town died. Why was that so wrong? He’s a doctor. He should have saved others. It took Poppy to show him that it wasn’t anything he had control over to make him stop beating himself up over it.

I loved Sam and Poppy’s story. What faults do you prefer your heroines to have?I think a slightly clumsy heroine is cute. But she has to be intelligent to compensate. Vivian Dane in my newest sale is that way and she was so fun to write!

Ah, a bit like my heroine in A Wife By Christmas who was a bit clumsy herself. How do you pick the names of your characters? My characters tell me their names. I don’t pick them. I’ve actually had heroes refuse to tell me their story until I get their name right, one they approve of. Mostly, though, the character names are one of the first things that come to me, the story follows. Isn’t that the way it should be? Make introductions before you spill your guts to a new friend?

I’m working on a story now that I began based on a name. Is finding the right title easy or hard? Titles come to me very easily usually, sometimes before the plot or characters do. It’s when an editor wants me to change it that things get hard I’ve discovered with Risk Factors. lol The title came to me for what it was written to be…a medical. As such Perfect Dr. Viv was perfect, indeed. But for Lyrical Press, Inc. it isn’t a medical, though the characters are both in a medicinal field. It is out and out a romance first. But since both characters have to take risks in their daily lives in their respected medical field (Viv is a veterinarian and Connor is a mediflight EMT-P), as well as in their personal search for love ever after, my editor and I agreed Risk Factors suited the theme of the overall book.

Now for a few fun things:

Mountain home or beach house? Ooh- I love the mountains, but beaches are just so romantic! Can I have both? Beach for winter and mountain for summer? No? Then I’ll take a mountain home.

Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going? It depends on what I’m writing and what’s going on around me and my characters. It’s hard to write sad or high intensity scenes in a bright, cheery setting and just as hard to write light and fun in the gloom.

Reach me on my website and blog

Facebook and Twitter

And Home at TWRP and Risk Factors at Lyrical Press (when it releases next March)

Thanks so much for inviting me back, Callie! I had fun.

Now, I’d like to ask visitors what makes you pick up one book over another in the same genre? What appeals to you?


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10 Responses to Romance Author Calisa Rhose

  1. Enjoyed your interview! Congrats on your shiny new sale to Lyrical Calisa…as for HOME, I loved that story…great characters 🙂

    • Calisa Rhose says:

      I’m sorry to be rushing in late. Appointments for father in-law kept me busy this morning. I’m here and ready to go now! 😀

      Thanks and thanks, Christine! I love both my books and I’m glad you love Home. 🙂

  2. Gale Stanley says:

    Great interview, Calisa. And congrats on the coming release. Can’t wait to read Risk Factors.

  3. Fun interview, Callie and Calisa! Home was so fun to read – can’t wait to read about your slightly clumsy Vivian, too – Congrats on that new sale!!!

  4. Calisa Rhose says:

    I appreciate your Beta reading RF for me Ally! Thanks.

  5. Willa Blair says:

    Terrific interview! To answer your question – the cover attracts my attention first. Then i read the cover blurb, then I read the first page or two. It comes down to the author’s voice for me. All else being equal, a voice that I like will sell that book over another one.

  6. Calisa Rhose says:

    Me too Willa. If I don’t click with a writer I have a hard time finishing a book no matter how well it’s written. And a cover will make me pick one up over another, but that nice cover won’t be the reason I buy the book. Thanks for coming by.

  7. Maddy says:

    Great interview and the very best of luck with your tour. I certainly think a cover has grab appeal – like a candy wrapper – which helps you pick it out, but blurb then confirms or denies your initial impression and then when you start to read, hopefully we’re hooked.

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