My name is Clarice, but most people, call me ReCe. I'm a happily married USAF spouse, mother to 3 girls, and an older sister to many....Here is my blog and here are some of my candy filled thoughts, lol

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Red Hot Seals Novel! Meet Author of Forged in Fire, Trish McCallan!

I'm interviewing Trish today as part of her Forged in Fire book tour with SupaGurl Books and I couldn't be happier. As a firm believer in dreams that come true, I was super excited to pick this author's brain about her book since the main character Beth has premonitions and even shares a few experiences of her own. Here's a short blurb about Forged in Fire: 

Beth Brown doesn't believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hijacked, and a handsome passenger is shot dead. Beth hasn't met the mystery man in her dream; she would never forget a gorgeous face like his. But she can’t deny the bizarre connection she feels. Now awake, and unable to allow for the violence she’s convinced is impending, she races to the airport…and comes face to face with the man of her dreams.

Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. All that changes when he meets a beautiful stranger who sets his soul on fire—and somehow knows he’s about to die.

To thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash, Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny?

Are you as psyched as I am to put this on your 'To Read' list? Check out our chat session. 

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: When I was in first or second grade. My mom used to read to us every night, and encouraged us to practice our letters and words by making up a story and then she’d help us write the words down on paper. I used to illustrate the pages with crayons. Eventually, I just started making the stories up and writing them down on my own. I think I've wanted to be a writer since my mom helped me get that first story down on paper. 

What do you like most about writing in the Romantic Thriller  genre? 

A: I love the mix of suspense with romance. I love the sense of satisfaction at the end when the bad guys have been defeated and the good guys are starting a new life together. At heart romantic suspense celebrates human resilience and the human spirit. It illustrates how people can go through periods of pure hell, and come out stronger for it, and without losing their innate ability to love one another. 

Is there a character you feel like you associate with in this book?

A: I associated with Beth through the book. Like her, I’m a woman who lives a fairly boring life, so I had a good sense of what her reactions would be through the course of the book. For the most part, they mirrored what my reactions would have been.  I’m also an avid romance reader. 

In your book, the main character Beth, has a premonition/premonitions. Do you believe in them or have you had one? 

A:  I've dreamed about two events that came true. But both these events were mundane, nothing life or death about them. One was when I was about ten or so and I told my parents we shouldn't bother going out to weed, since Janie and Bruce (my mom’s step sister, and step brother-in-law) were going to stop by and we’d go out for pizza. My parents thought I was trying to get out of weeding (which I was! LOL) because Janie and Bruce lived about eight hours away and they always called before visiting. It wasn't until my parents asked me where I’d come up with this info, that I realized I’d dreamed about the visit the night before. We headed out to weed and sure enough within minutes, Janie and Bruce showed up and yep- we went out for pizza. 

The second time happened when I was in college. My parents had a Japanese exchange student named Yuki. One night my mom called and during our conversation I casually asked how Yuki was, whether he’d recovered from the bee stings. She asked what I was talking about and I suddenly realized I’d dreamed the night before that Yuki had gotten stung during a school hike. My mom went really quiet and then said Yuki had just told her about the hike that afternoon. Yuki ended up not going, but the boys who did go, disturbed a nest of wasps and were stung repeatedly.    

What books do you have coming up next? 

    I'll be self-publishing a paranormal romantic suspense in December called Yesterday’s Child. My editor called Yesterday's Child an intriguing mix of Twin Peaks, Pet Cemetery and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. LOL

    Here's a quick Blurb: When her son vanishes without a trace, Deborah St. James is the prime suspect in her child’s disappearance. Until nine years later, when he walks back through her door: without having aged a day, wearing the same clothes he disappeared in, and with no memory of the previous                      nine years. 

    The second book in my Red-Hot SEALs series is scheduled for release on March 5th of 2013. This book continues the story arc from book one in the series, but through the POV of Lieutenant Marcus Simcosky (Cosky) and his heroine Kaitlin Littlehorse. 

   (Sorry to interject, but readers, how HOT is this cover??? ) 

If you could offer advice to another writer about quitting their day job to pursue writing full time, what would you tell them to consider first?

A: I would recommend that before quitting their job they come up with a solid business plan that details how much money they need to earn each month to survive, how many books they need to sell each month to earn that amount of money, and how many books they need to release each year to meet their quota. I’d also recommend that they set up a production schedule and live on a shoe string until they can funnel enough money away in savings to give them a nest egg. Living off your writing income is a feast and famine business. The profession is much more comfortable if you have a year’s worth of living wages socked away in case sales bottom out for a while.  

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and giving my readers a glimpse into your world! Hope to do it all over again when your other books come out. Good luck in all your endeavors and keep the sun shining in your heart. 

Here's a little bit more about this intriguing author Trish McCallan!

Trish McCallan was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Washington State, where she began crafting stories at an early age. Her first books were illustrated in crayon, bound with red yarn, and sold for a nickel at her lemonade stand. Trish grew up to earn a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a concentration in creative writing from Western Washington University, taking jobs as a bookkeeper and human- resource specialist before finally quitting her day job to write full time. Forged in Fire came about after a marathon reading session, and a bottle of NyQuil that sparked a vivid dream. She lives today in eastern Washington. An avid animal lover, she currently shares her home with three golden retrievers, a black lab mix and a cat.



  1. Great interview, ReCe, and thanks to Trish McCallan for sharing her back story and solid advice to authors contemplating snubbing their day job. Michaelene

    1. Thank you for stopping by! As far as the advice goes, I'm saving pennies myself! :D

    2. Thanks for hosting me today ReCe, and I have to say I LOVE your name. I love it so much I may have to use it at some point, if you don't object of course. :)

    3. Go for it! Just let me know when you do it so I can say, I was the inspiration, lol.