Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Interview with Author Alissa Callen

Alissa Callen
 NSW, Australia

Good morning, Alissa.  Welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors.  It's good to have you here with us all the way from Australia.  Now, tell us.What have you written?
Two books. Beneath Outback Skies, Random House Australia, and What Loves Sounds Like, Escape Publishing. 

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Rural romance. I enjoy writing stories that are heart-warming, emotional and character driven.

Favorite food.
Scones, raspberry jam and fresh whipped cream.

Where would you like to visit? 
Anywhere!! Just love travelling to new towns, new areas and new countries. 

Favorite musical artist.  

Do you listen to music when you write?  
Yes, depending on the scene or how quickly my edits need doing it will be a fast or slow tempo song.

What makes you laugh? 
My four kids.

How old were you when you started writing?
In my late thirties. I still had a baby and toddler at home and had the crazy idea I’d have ‘time’ to write. 

Where do you get your inspiration? 
From all around me. I live on a small slice of rural Australia that provides plenty of material for my books, whether it is the brown snake at my back door or the bush fire in our front paddock last summer. 

What do you do when you get a writer's block? 
Go for a walk with the dogs and talk to myself.

Who is your favorite author?
Louis LÁmour

Best book you ever read? 
The iconic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why? My long-suffering and patient husband who always gives me a reason to smile.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why? 
It would be my current heroine in my new rural. I’d love to find out why she isn’t happy to follow my plot!

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? To read. To write. To keep trying. And to never lose sight of why you do what you do.

Thanks so much for having me☺
It was our pleasure, Alissa.  Please come back again.

Beneath Outback Skies


Book blurb:  
Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her wheelchair-bound father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile. Except Paige can’t help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions…It doesn’t matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harboring a big secret – the real reason he has come to Banora Downs…

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What Love Sounds Like

Book blurb:
Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over.  Then suited-up city-boy Kade Reid strides into her office and announces  he and his wide-eyes niece are the clients that she will be living with for the fortnight.
Kade Reid adheres to a single edict — money is as important as breathing. But when he becomes an instant father to four-year-old Tilly, he escapes to the only place he was allowed to be a child...the family property of Berrilea.
As Mia and Kade work together to help Tilly overcome her speech delay, can they face their fears in order to give Tilly the family she so desperately needs?

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  1. Thanks for the fabulous interview, Alissa and Carol. I just knew your favourite food would be something yummy and sweet, Alissa:) I've read What Love Sounds Like and Beneath Outback Skies and fell in love with the hero and heroine in both of your wonderful stories. Can't wait to read your next book!
    Best wishes,

  2. Hi Allison, thanks so much for stopping by:) Many thanks Carol too for having me on your fabulous blog.

    1. It was our pleasure, Alissa, to have you with us today. What Love Sounds Like is on my To Be Read List. Come back and see us again.