Today’s featured author is Callie Norse, author of For the Love of Lisa.
Tell us about your most recent publication.
Lisa and Greg Carrington and their six-year-old daughter move into an old Victorian home which has many mysteries. Lisa becomes ill believing she must be pregnant. When she discovers the reality is that she is seriously ill, she leaves a dying wish for her husband. The wish is unthinkable. Has she asked too much?
The story has many twists and turns and is sure to intrigue to the end.
For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?
The most difficult part is the beginning. Once I have that down, the rest flows. I am not a plotter. Sure, I have some ideas, but never know how they will unfold until my fingers hit the keys. It always amazes me how things that I don’t expect, happen before my eyes. If I get stumped, I let it sit for a few days. It is then, that I go to sleep thinking about the plot, and wake up thinking about it, until I find the right direction the plot needs to take.
For you, what’s the easiest part of the writing process?
It’s fun and fairly easy once I get the first chapter written.
Anything special you’d like to say to readers?
Whether you enjoy romance or mystery you will enjoy For the Love of Lisa–that is, if you don’t mind some steamy love scenes and a few spirits. If you enjoy touching, heart wrenching stories, you are sure to enjoy this one.
What are you working on now?
I’m now in the editing phase of A Love Too Soon, the second of the Carrington Series. It is also romance/mystery with paranormal happenings. It takes place where For the Love of Lisa leaves off–a little over a year later. Those who have read my manuscript love it as much as the first one. They say they become quite involved with my characters and keep wanting more.
Why did you decide to publish independently?
I sent my manuscript to several publishers. Each publishers required different things. I was spending so much time preparing to send to each and then would receive rejections. I have read how many famous authors received large numbers of rejections before finally being accepted. I didn’t feel I had the time or years left. I wanted to devote more time to my writing than this would allow me, especially with a genre I had heard was more difficult to get accepted. I then began researching self-publishing companies and chose iuniverse. They gave me guidance that I wouldn’t have received with others. I have now signed with iuniverse again to publish A Love Too Soon.
How do you come up with your cover art?
I create my own photo using things I have in my own home such as the barn/dutch door on the cover of For the Love of Lisa. I used berries and branches from a tree in my yard and arranged them around a lighted candle which represents many things in the book. I want some form of light to represent all the books in the Carrington series. The next book has a lantern on the cover.
What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why? (consider the initial book concept all the way through marketing, and beyond)
To finally see my long awaited book in print is definitely my favorite part. The actual publishing process was not fun. Writing is the fun part. Editing is work that never seems to end. I begin to doubt everything I have written. When I write, I let the words flow, right or not, until what I call the rough draft is finished. Then I go back and reread it making obvious changes such as typos, spelling errors, revising wording until it sounds right, and deleting words that aren’t necessary. I keep editing until I feel it is the best I can make it. Marketing is probably the most difficult. I am still learning new ways to promote my book.
How about some quickies!
Pencil or Pen: Pencil
Print or Cursive: Cursive
Pantser or Plotter: Pantser
Favorite Candy: Milk Duds
Worst habit: I’m a procrastinator
About Callie Norse
I have always loved to read. My eighth grade English teacher required us to write short stories. This is when I first learned I loved to write. When my three children were young, I would write short stories, dreaming of someday having time to write seriously. After my parents passed away 16 days apart, I wrote a book on the loss of elderly parents and how devastating it can be, even when they are elderly. I completed the book, but have never published it. Later, I developed a short story into For the Love of Lisa.
I reside in Northern Illinois with my husband, and continue to write.
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