Follow by Email

Friday, January 27, 2012

Say HELLO to Calisa Rhose, Author of HOME

Home (Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll)
Back to Brenda Wallace website


Calisa Rhose 

HOME by Calisa Rhose

I'm so thrilled to welcome my talented friend and Sister Outlaw for my very first guest blog. Please say hello to Calisa or ask her questions in the comments. I've always known that Calisa was nice and fun to talk with, but it wasn't until I read and reviewed HOME that I discovered how amazingly talented she is. I'm a bit starstruck to tell the truth. I devoured the book in one sitting and gave it five stars.  I got so involved with the characters Sam and Poppy that I had a few questions for Calisa:


How did you come up with the very realistic incident in the Vietnamese cave that resulted in Sam's post traumatic stress?


Calisa: The cave incident was totally made up. I gathered emotional and possible ideas from MASH episodes I watched growing up and other war shows. I took what I saw and fit it into what I needed for my book.

Why hasn't Poppy moved from Silverton, Oklahoma, a town that has never treated her with the respect she deserves?

Calisa:  Poppy's mother lives there. This was during a time when young ladies didn't just pick up and leave when things got tough. They stayed with family and worked to live with it. Plus- Sam lived there and when he left, she had to be there when/if he returned.

How did you learn how to translate "American doctor" into Vietnamese?

Calisa: American Doctor- I was reading a lot of sites during the writing of HOME. One was a doctor in the Vietnam war who told of his time there and that was how they said American doctors in Vietnamese. 

Here is more about Calisa Rhose's amazing book:

Home (Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll)

     What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
     BLURB: Silvertown’s outcast, Poppy Tippen, has loved football hero Sam “The Force” Callahan forever. But he never seemed to know she was alive. Now he’s home from the war and she suddenly finds herself comforting him from the demons of “that damn war.” Is his attention merely an escape from the haunting nightmares? Or does she hold the interest of the only man she’s ever truly loved?
     Sam Callahan’s only solace from the war nightmares wrecking his life comes in the unlikely form of a gypsy girl with stigmas of her own. He’s known Poppy his entire life, but there’s something different about her now. Something special he desperately wants to hold on to. Can he convince her she’s the only thing he needs to put the past behind him?

Excerpt:
     “I’ll always want you, Poppy.”
     Her head shook in automatic denial. “You’ll want a girl who fits your life. Not some gypsy with no family lineage to brag about. Your momma won’t accept that, either. She’ll make you choose someone like Connie, someone who fits into your world. Not the girl everyone avoids and whispers about behind her back. You’re gonna be the town’s doctor. You need an uppity wife who will make you proud.”
     When Sam laughed, his chest shuddered against her back. Deep, husky, real. He turned her in his arms and looked down at her, smiling. “Poppy, do you honestly think I give a damn what people think? Look at me! I’m the town outcast, the survivor who should have died saving the others, not be here planning a future that includes a wife, a medical practice. “I shimmy under park benches, run from my mother’s lipstick, for God’s sake. I wake up screaming and crying over nothing in the middle of the night, crawl under my bed and hide, shaking, until morning. Hell, I can’t even be a doctor because I haven’t finished school yet.”
     “I didn’t know. It must be awful for you.” No matter how it hurt Poppy to know he used her, it felt much worse to know how he hurt alone. “The only time it isn’t awful is when I’m with you. When I think of you.”

Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com
On twitter @Calisa_Rhose and Facebook @Calisa Rhose
She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at calisa.rhose@gmail.com
Small-town country girl Calisa Rhose lives in a semi-remote area of Oklahoma with her husband, five dogs, one cat and one horse. All of her three daughters and their families live within throwing distance. She’s a member of RWA and the local chapter OKRWA. She intends to nurture and continue to grow as an author with the help of her family and supporters.
Get your copy of HOME at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon and B&N.

30 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the interview, ladies! I love Calisa's book, Home, as well, and agree that the 'cave scene' is very powerful. It actually made me cry. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, fast paced story told by believable, relateable characters.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree! It felt so real that I was certain that she knew someone who had experienced that. I read lots of psych reports and it sounded like to actually happened. Fantastic writing!

      Delete
  2. I'm excited about Calisa's visit today!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Anna! Thank you. I longed for the day I'd hear a reader say my book made them cry! You're too good to me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks for letting me be your first blogger guest, Brenda! What an honor and I'll try to do you proud, Outlaw sis!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so welcome, Calisa. It's an honor! I had such a wonderful time at your ranch.

      Delete
  7. Nice interview....great questions. I always love the fact that each time I visit a blog and Calisa is there, I learn something new about her and her book!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Christine. After I read HOME, I was still so concerned for the "people" involved that I felt compelled to ask Calisa those burning questions.

      Delete
    2. Christine, You're the BEST! Ask anything you want to know. I love having you visit.

      Delete
  8. Lovely interview. I remember MASH they had some really poignant moments on the show and even as a kid I was moved by them. I haven't read home yet and can't wait until I can sit down and read it in one sitting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I sure wasn't planning on reading HOME in one sitting. I watched MASH, too, and I'm impressed with how Calisa managed to create that powerful cave incident.

      Delete
    2. One of my fave episodes was when Hawkeye and Hot Lips were trapped by shell fire in that Vietnamese shack and they bonded. Thanks for visiting, Lynn.

      Thanks again, Brenda!

      Delete
    3. That is a cool scene. Now I need to watch MASH and see that one again. It's fun having you over as my guest, Calisa. :)

      Delete
  9. Great interview ladies! Calisa, with all the wonderful things I keep hearing/reading about HOME, I look forward to reading it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it, Sarah when you do finally read it. Thanks for coming by!

      Delete
  10. I loved the interview and the excerpt from Home. I can feel their emotions and loved to be pulled into a story that way. Can't wait to read it.
    Lynda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was captivated from beginning to end.

      Delete
    2. Thanks you so much for the kind words and coming by, Lynda!

      Delete
  11. When I read the park bench scene and I, too, wondered how you'd found the translation for American Doctor. Haven't got to the cave, yet. Loving the story, Calisa.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That park bench scene was difficult to write. I wasn't sure it wasn't too deep or over exaggerated. It took a few rewrites and opinions from others who might know before I was able to call it good and done. You'll have to let me know what you think of the book, Joelene! You know I value your opinion!

      Delete
  12. One of Calisa's fans waving here! (you--hoooo!, over here!!) I, too, loved HOME. I was a teenager and young adult during that era, so it was literally like going home for me. Wishing you great luck, Calisa.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. VONNIE!!! I see ya hon! I love ya! Your review of HOME still makes me tear up. (I read it almost every day. :) Thanks again!

      Delete
  13. Brenda, your continuing comments make me blush. :) Thanks sweetie! I'm loving it here today!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My comments are all heart felt. I'm so glad you're enjoying your stay and am loving having you over.

      Delete
  14. I was immediately hooked when I read Home. Calisa, honey, you rocked it! I wasn't surprised a bit when you announced you'd received a contract. You're also an auto-buy author for me...not just because you're a friend and fellow OKRWA sistah, but because you are so very talented.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree with you, Chelle. I'll be buying all her books!

      Delete
    2. I love ya sistah honey! Thank you so much, Chelle! Ditto you, you know! I'm dying to read your brother trilogy you pitched last year!

      Thank you for the support lady and know when you plan your first blog tour I want in on it! You can blog with me at the ranch any time though, before after midway between sales... Come on over and hang out when you want to.

      Delete