March 13, 2012

Please Give a Warm Welcome to Callie Hutton

Welcome to Cheryl’s place!  I’m thrilled to have you here.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Although I’ve lived in several states, I’m originally from New Jersey. I’ve called the great state of Oklahoma home for several years now, which is where most of my books are set. I have two grown children, two rescue dogs, and one rescue cat. And, a husband of thirty-five years. He’s my biggest fan, and self-appointed publicist. I’m a voracious reader, historical and contemporary romance being my genres of choice. I also like suspense—as long as there’s some romance involved.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing? 

Reading. I also like visiting historical places, although I don’t do it nearly as much as I would like.  I did take two trips to Guthrie where my Oklahoma series is set, and took a lot of photos because a lot of early 1900 structures still stand, and are still in use. 

When did you first get the writing bug? 

I’ve always made up stories in my head, and I guess way back in elementary school, I started writing some of them down. But I remember starting my first serious efforts in high school.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?

Yes. Read, read, read. Craft books, but also a great deal of books in the genre you write. You’ll get a feel for what makes a good story, and how it moves along. Also, join a critique group, and enter contests. You’ll get valuable feedback from those sources. Another piece of advice, never give up. If you believe in your story, just keep re-writing and re-writing until it shines. Then sub it, and learn from any feedback editors/agents give you.

What is a typical writing day for you? 

I work as a substitute teacher in my local school district. Since I always take assignments in the middle school and high school, I hand out the work the teacher as left for them, then I open my laptop and write. I get a lot done that way. I save the weekends for promotion and marketing.

What genre or genres do you write? 

Mostly American Historical.(A Run For Love, A Wife By Christmas, An Angel in the Mail). I have written a contemporary novella, (Annie’s Attic) which was part of a project my Oklahoma Romance Writers group did. That will be published by The Wild Rose Press in May. I’ve also written a Regency, (The Elusive Wife) which is about three-fourths of the way finished. I hope to complete that this year.

Do you see yourself trying any another genre in the future and if so which one?

Yes. I definitely want to do a Highlander book. Or maybe one set in Ireland. My husband and I plan a trip to the UK in about two years, where I hope to pick up some good ideas. I also plan a Time Travel that I hope to do later this year.

Tell us about your latest release? 

An Angel in the Mail will be released in May from Soul Mate Publishing.  It’s the story of a well-to-do New York society young woman in the 1800s, who becomes penniless, and her stepmother arranges for her to be a mail order bride to a man in Oregon with five children.

Annie’s Attic, a contemporary romantic suspense novella, from The Wild Rose Press, releases May 30th, 2012. That book is one of a series of books our Oklahoma Romance Writers group did. It’s about a woman who survived an abusive marriage, and then meets up with her teenage crush who is now a widower. A spooky doll is involved.

I just finished the third book in my Oklahoma Lovers series (after A Run For Love and A Wife By Christmas), which I assume will be released most likely in the fall.  

The trailer for the book is here: 

What makes your hero special?  

In A Run for Love, Jesse is special because he loves completely and forever. Once he marries Tori, even though she leaves him, he never gives up trying to win her back.

What makes your heroine special?

Tori is special because she’s strong and dependable. Even though she’s in her early twenties when she ‘inherits’ her four nieces and nephews, she rolls up her sleeves and makes a home for them.

Please share an excerpt of your book! 

“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.”

What book are you reading now? 

By the time this is ‘live’ I’ll be reading something different, but today I’m reading My Man Pendleton. I’m enjoying the book, but I dislike the heroine, so it’s slow going. I may end up not finishing it.

What inspired you to write your latest story? 

My latest story, A Prescription for Love, is the third in my Oklahoma Lovers series. It’s about Michael, the oldest nephew in A Run For Love. I did Ellie’s story (the youngest) in A Wife By Christmas, but I felt Michael calling to me, and needed to tell his and Heidi’s story.

What’s your current WIP?

I’m writing an Historical novella, set at the end of the Civil War. Tentatively titled “Love and War,” it’s about a confederate soldier who escapes from Rock Island Prison in the Mississippi river, and wanders into an Iowa homestead of a widow with three children, who’s on her deathbed from an infection as the result of an injury. 

Tell us what excites you about writing and getting published.

Dreaming up characters, and weaving them into a story. Making them laugh, cry, and angry. Then when you type “The End” there’s an emotional satisfaction that I have never duplicated anywhere else.

 Do you prefer your men in boxers, briefs or commando?

Depends on the man.A young hottie−definitely commando. Why waste time and fumbling fingers?

And finally, where can we stalk you?

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