I’ve joined the Callie Gold book tour. Her new release Ash’s Fire is a romance mystery. I’ve got an excerpt and interview to share, there is also giveaway so be sure to enter your name in the rafflecopter. Thanks to Callie for letting me take part.
Interview for Callie Gold
What is something about you that no one knows?
Ohhh, you want a secret, huh? Well, let me tell you one: When I was very young I used to have crushes on fictional characters. My first one was Julian, from Enid Blyton’s “the Famous Five” mysteries. I must have been no more than 9, but I was already in love. He was so smart and mature and oh so British! That was the start of a long line of crushes. I used to wish that I met guys (well, boys) that were just like those hot and cerebral and daring characters. The last one must have been Hieronymus Bosch, Harry, the brain child of Michael Connelly. Dark and tortured, and so much of a man he didn’t even know it.
What are you reading now?
I’m going to surprise you with my current read. It’s called “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis, and it’s about high-frequency trading and how Wall Street is completely rigged. I love it, it’s one of the more fascinating and educational books I’ve read lately.
Right before that, in a burst of nostalgia, I read “Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley, a little novel from 1907, I think, and what a sweet sweet pleasure that was! I was fascinated to see feminism – written a hundred years ago – by a man and the book was all about personal choices and freedom.
Who and what are some of your favourite books and authors?
I read a lot of mysteries, I started reading them when I was 11 or 12 (Ross MacDonald paperbacks that my dad used to read) and I’ve been reading them since. One of my faves is Nevada Barr, because Anna Pigeon is a complex character and because Barr’s writing is so crisp. She and Michael Connelly (in his earlier books; later on he sold out to the man) introduced me to the idea that mysteries can be literary, not just genre fiction. Some of my favourite Israeli authors are Amos Oz – wow, what an amazing author. His autobiographical novel, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, is an absolute must-read, although I don’t know how good is the translation. Since I’m an eclectic reader, I like authors from all eras. My beloved Oscar Wilde and Sylvia Plath and F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Kennedy, just to name a few.
What is your workspace and writing routine like?
I’m a claustrophobe and I can’t stay in small, closed rooms. That’s why I write in the main living/dining room of our house, at the dinner table or on the sofa. I’ve gotten used to working in noise, and the TV can blare to its heart content in the background. I need light and air and lots and lots of space. When I renovated our house, bought as an old, rundown ranch, I tore down four rooms to make one. That’s where I happily work.
Sometimes I grab my computer and go write in my garden that my hubby maintains all by himself. It’s the most perfect place to write in the whole world.
I don’t have a concrete writing schedule because my clients take precedent. When they’re going through a marital crisis, the last thing they want to hear is that I’m busy – writing a novel. So I write whenever I can, and I so need to write that I’m drawn to my computer every free moment I have. Luckily, my kids are almost all grown up so I have enough free time to do whatever I want. Yay!
You’re a lawyer, why jump into writing?
One reason: I can’t help it. I have to write. If I didn’t write I would explode and my guts would splash on the walls and my hubby would have to repaint. End of discussion.
Why a romance mystery?
Because mysteries are the most fun in the world. I’ve always wanted to write a mystery. After all, I’ve been reading them since I was a child.
But there’s another reason, for the romance part. Love relationships are my bread and butter, but also my passion. To me, they are the most interesting thing that happens on this earth, the most complex, the hardest, and the most rewarding. And I have some issues that I want to explore, relating to the difficulties of monogamy. I’ve written a relationship self-help guide here in Israel, and now, I continue to explore, through the wonderful world of fiction. I’ve also written about it on my blog, here: http://calliegold.com/2014/10/the-problem-with-monogamy/ (there are three parts to this discussion, look it up).
Do you have plans to try a different genre?
Not for now, Ash’s Fire is Book One of a trilogy.
I have written a children’s book that’s looking for a home, and that is also going to become a series.
What do readers have to look forward to next?
Ash’s Return (working title), the second book in the Ash Trilogy will offer a new mystery and lots of surprising development in the relationships between Jordan and her two men – her husband and her lover.
Stay tuned…. ☺
Callie Gold’s Bio
Callie Gold is an Israeli married to an American. She admits that marrying her husband was the smartest decision she has ever made. Together they have raised three beautiful children.
Callie is a lawyer, and a Jew, and what’s worse – an Israeli. That means that she’s an in-your-face kinda gal. There is no Hebrew word for ‘subtle’. Callie’s husband says that she has too many opinions, and he’s right. But she’s also open and friendly and very curious, and is known to start intimate conversations with the Falafel guy.
Since she stopped litigating, Callie’s husband says she’s become a much nicer person (Callie’s husband is almost always right, which makes living with him really good and seriously annoying, all at the same time).
When she’s not writing, Callie does divorce mediation and marriage counseling, which, she believes will save her a good seat in that place up there. She also cooks and bakes and you will always find home-baked bread in her freezer, next to the gelato that her husband makes. His mocha ice gelato is to die for.
Callie writes because writing creates another life for her, a life in which she can do whatever she wants. In order to write she has become a time thief.
Above all, Callie is a lover of people and she can never get enough of human interaction. So feel free to start up a conversation with her!