Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Callie Hutton And Her New Release: A Run For Love

I'm excited to have Callie Hutton here. Her debut book, A Run For Love, releases today and it sounds like a great historical romantic read. Find a cozy seat, grab a cup of coffee, and join us.

Welcome Callie. Thanks for joining me today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve been making up stories in my head since elementary school, and writing since I learned to type in high school.  I’ve had a number of things published, and finally last summer,  decided to put it all together and write a book. So far I’ve finished four Historical Western Romances and one contemporary as part of a project with my Oklahoma Romance Writers group.
Being a History major in college, it follows that I write mostly Historical Romance. Oh, I also like falling in love — did it myself and now I enjoy writing about it. And yes, I fall in love with all my heroes.
Although we’ve lived in several states, Oklahoma is where I’ve hung my hat for the last several years, but I hail from New Jersey. I’m an Okie-Jersey girl. And proud of it.
My hubby supports me in all my ventures, truly being the wind beneath my wings. We have two kids at home–21 and 19–and we’re so happy our two dogs and new little kitten allow us to share their home.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other or anyone has done for you? One time years ago, as most newly married couples, we were kinda broke. The women in the office where I worked at the time were going out to lunch, but I didn’t have the extra money. I called hubby and told him, and he suggested I come home for lunch. When I got there, he had the table set with our best dishes, tablecloth, etc. He’d made us both a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and we split a soda. He wore a suit, and had a cloth napkin over his arm. It was a riot, and something I never forgot.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
  But of course!  How else?

What are your pet peeves? Books with illogic or inconsistences. I hate when I’m reading a book and someone who the heroine knows has an agenda tells her a horrendous lie about the hero, and the nitwit believes it.  I also hate books where a five minute conversation would clear up the ‘conflict.’ I once read a book where one word would have cleared up the conflict.  I can never finish those books cause it really annoys me.

Cats or dogs?  Both. I have two dogs and a new little kitten.

White wine or red?
Club soda with a twist of lemon

Coffee or tea?
Both. Depending on my mood and the time of day.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? Kinda both.  Vanilla with chocolate syrup.

What are 4 things you never leave home without? Cell phone, keys, flash drive with my music, debit card

Laptop or desktop for writing? Laptop. I take it with me everywhere I go.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? Any place, any time.

An actor you have a crush on? Bradley Cooper

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed? Don’t really watch TV, the last movie I saw that I really liked was Bridesmaids

What made you decide to be an author? I love to make up stories.

How did you choose the genre you write in? I was a history major in college, and I love reading historical fiction.

Are you a panster or a plotter and why? Both—neither. I do some planning at the beginning (character sketches, outlining). I usually don’t stick to the outline too closely. About mid way through the book, I’ll do a more detailed outline, when I see where the characters took me.

Is there a particular author who may have influenced you? Lynsay Sands, Sandra Brown, Janet Evonovich.

What is your all time favorite book? Absolutely impossible to say.  I’m not even sure I could name a favorite in each genre.

What is your favorite sentence or quote in your new release?
“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.”

How much trouble did your characters give you while writing your new release? Which one? I had to whip Tori into shape cause she was a stubborn one. But in the end her stubbornness paid off.

Where do you get your ideas from? Everywhere

How did you choose your title? My book is based on the Oklahoma Land Run, so A Run For Love just seemed to fit.

How do you cure writer’s block? A recent writer’s block ended when I took the characters out of the setting they were in and put them somewhere else. Worked great. It was two male characters, and they were much more cooperative when I took them out of an office and put them in a bar with a beer in their hands.

Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer? Write, write, write.  Read, read, read. And not just books on the craft of writing, which are good, but reading books in your genre will inspire you and see what works and what doesn’t.

What sacred advice have you been given by another writer? Make sure you keep your story yours. Don’t take so much advice from others that you lose your story, or your voice.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Tell us about your new release:
TORI HENDERSON wants independence, freedom and no husband.  JESSE COCHRAN wants a new start, far from the crippling effects of a childhood stained by being the whore’s kid.
            It’s April, 1889 and the Oklahoma Land Run is about to begin.  Since they’re going to be evicted from their Kansas home, Tori needs land to provide a home for her four nieces and nephews. After the unexpected death of her brother, she became their only parent. Jesse wants to leave his past behind, and practice law.
            Their first encounter in Arkansas City, where thousands have gathered to await the firing of the cannons to begin the race, has them snapping at each other.  His opinion on a woman participating in the Land Run without a husband certainly reinforce her opinion of domineering males.  It’s easy to dismiss each other, however.  That is until the dust settles after the Run, and they end up next door neighbors in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
            Will these two survive life together when an unintended pregnancy forces them into marriage?
            A Run For Love book trailer:
            My website:

You can purchase here and don’t forget to go to Soul Mate Publishing to check out all the other great new debuts.

Thank you so much for being here today Callie.

AVAILABLE NOW @ Soul Mate Publishing: The Swan Cove Murders Release Date December 28th: Secrets of Jenkins Bridge


  1. Thanks for having me, Donna. And best of luck with your book.

  2. Congratulations!


  3. Good luck on your new release, Callie. I love your idea of moving an uncooperative character to a new setting.

  4. Thanks, Ann and Susan, I appreciate you stopping by.

  5. So true, Alex. I learned a ton about writing simply by reading good authors. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Congratulations, Callie! You gave some great advice about changing the location of your characters.

    I'll try that!

  7. Great interview, and the book sounds like fun!

  8. Thanks Angeline. It sure worked for me. It's funny how your characters won't cooperate unless they're happy! Sounds weird to non-writers, I'm sure, but y'all know what I mean, lol.

  9. Hey Megan,

    Thanks for stopping by. It was a lot of fun to write, too. But not so much to re-write, and re-write, and re-write, and.... You know the drill, lol.

  10. Such a delightful interview, Callie. I can't wait to read Love on the Run! Hugs, Karen

  11. Thanks so much. I appreciate you stopping by.

  12. Great interview ladies, enjoyed it! Congrats again on your releases Callie!

  13. Thanks, Christine. I'm surprised your fingers work after all that baking today, lol.

  14. Beautiful interview and wonderful advice. Best of luck with your new kitten! I find half my books are written with a cat sitting on the mouse, plopping on my keyboard, or demanding to be held *right now*. :)