Did you choose your genre or did it choose you?
It totally chose me. I'd never really considered writing romance, but somehow no matter what I tried I somehow ended up writing a romance. I finally figured out it was easier to start that way.
Did you enjoy language arts in school? Did you have a teacher that particularly encouraged you to write?
I always loved English class. I had some great teachers who really encouraged me to read and write as much as possible. My eighth grade teacher was especially supportive and pushed me to make my reading better.
It’s five o’clock somewhere…Let’s have a drink! What cocktail best describes you and why?
I don't usually do cocktails. I'm much more of white wine girl. I love the crisp and clean taste of a great sauvignon blanc.
On my desk I have a rhino that my husband gave me to remind me I’m rhino-tough, as you have to be in the business. Is there anything you have that you use to remind you of that?
I have a poster my husband gave me that says "You are so f-ing awesome". I look at it a lot and remind myself of how far I've already come.
I have two muses, Arwen and Bronwyn, they have very distinct personalities. Can you share a bit about your muse?
I don't have one particular muse. I tend to find inspiration for each story I write and focus on that instead. That said, the men are usually very hunky and useful for inspiration.
It seems we all endured English and/or World literature coming up in high school…What was the worst book you were ever forced to read and what about it turned you off?
Somehow I was forced to read through 8 different versions of the Odyssey while going through school. I can't stand the book, usually because I've read it so many times and don't understand the appeal.
You have a million dollars that you must donate to one charitable organization. Which one would you choose and why?
I would choose the Nothing But Nets campaign (http://www.nothingbutnets.net/). There are a number of mosquito-borne diseases in developing countries that are responsible for a lot of morbidity and mortality. It is so easy to help prevent a lot of these conditions, like malaria, but the people there don't have the money to spend on it.
Do you have one of those pesky day jobs, or are you a full-time writer? If you do have another career what do you do and do you enjoy it?
I don't know if it officially counts as a day job, but I'm a full-time PhD student. I enjoy it…most of the time. There are certainly days where I'm ready to quit and write full-time instead. I have to stop and remind myself that I really do love what I'm working on and that it will pay off in the end. Of course, I also have to remind myself to do the same with writing.
Due to the world we live in, most editors will tell a romance writer they have the moral obligation to protect their characters from scary life altering things, thereby being obligated to the reader. What are your thoughts on this? Do you protect your characters and how?
I think it depends on the characters. I think most people know that romance is fiction. Obviously my characters are not making real choices and are playing to fantasies. Sometimes it is hard to sneak in a condom just for the sake of protecting the characters. Still, I think that, in general, it is important to do. I protect characters not because I believe I'm obligated to, but because I typically write smart characters who wouldn't normally make the decision not to use a condom. If they forget or screw up, then they know it and will likely mention it in the story.
Romance has come a long, long way since Fabio graced the covers regularly…it seems the hinges are off the proverbial door. How far is too far in your mind? Are there things you simply won’t write?
I'm not sure there is necessarily a too far in mind. There are topics that I'm not personally interested in reading, but other people might be. That said, I think that most publishers have good guidelines as far as what is not really commercially acceptable (no incest, bestiality, etc.). I don't write stuff that I'm overly uncomfortable with, mainly because I think it shows in my writing. That said, I don't have any problem with people who do and sometimes read in areas I would never write.
I’ve been asked, as has my husband, if we do “all that stuff in my stories.” Do you get asked this and if so how do you handle it?
LOL. I get asked that all the time. I normally laugh it off and simply say no, but point people toward the fact that I write fiction. I don't barrel race, study zoology, or have a mummy in my lab, but people never assume that part of my story is true.
I had an editor early on that showed me the way…have you had anyone in particular that gave you a gentle **ahem** nudge in the right direction? How did they do that and how did you react?
I could list so many people here, but my first editor was the fabulous Clarissa Yip (who is actually the editor for Getting Ahead). I can't imagine how hard it was for her to get through that first manuscript, but it came back to me with red marks that you would even believe. I took one look and closed the document. I then opened it a few days later and started working through every single comment, page by page. By the end, I felt completely numb and broken. I think I burst into tears when she wrote back and told me I'd done a good job.
Wine or beer?
Wine. Preferably white.
Satin or cotton?
Fries or tots?
Cake or pie?
Steak or burgers?
Candle light or pitch dark?
For what? Probably candle light.
Thanks so much for having me!
Colton is exactly the kind of distraction Amber doesn't want, but he might be exactly what she needs to get back on track.
Recovering from a bad fall during competition, Amber McDonald decides to spend her last week of training before her next rodeo at a Colorado ranch, away from any and all distractions. It'd be the perfect arrangement—if only her fear wasn't stopping her from getting back on her horse.
Then Colt Riley steps in. He's sexy and seems to have incredible insight into her situation, but he's everything she's been trying to stay away from.
Colt knows exactly what Amber is going through...because he's been there before. Forced to give up his riding career after an accident, he sets his mind to helping her get back on track. All that's easier said than done, especially when she discovers his hidden past. Will his efforts be enough to help her get ahead?
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Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat.
You can find Emily online on her blog (http://www.emilycale.blogspot.com) or on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/emilycale.