Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Callie Gold

As you probably know, one of my first books was actually a sex guide, so I'm very excited to be featuring Callie Gold, romance writer extraordinaire. Callie is an Israeli writer, a lawyer, a mediator, a wife and mom. She says, "I can be a bitch, remnants from my litigation years, but most of the time I’m harmless. I married the best man on this planet. I swear. and our kids are our pride and joy. Sometimes I stare at them with amazement." She writes out of an avid need and reads all of the time. Callie loves mysteries, erotica, and anything that's foreign, different, dark. Her most recent book is Ash's Fire.

Callie Gold

Who are you? I’m Callie Gold, an Israeli wife, mother, divorce mediator, attorney, marriage counselor and relationship coach. My clients are anywhere from young couples with relationship issues, through married couples going through a crisis and up to people who want to divorce. I love them all, and I thank my lucky stars that put me in a position to help people with their relationship. I love to bake bread and my nose is always stuck in a book (well, kindle, those pesky reading glasses...)

Where can you be found online? My website and blog, Callie's World are online at www.calliegold.com. I blogged for a long while about relationships (alas, in Hebrew) and my book, about how to succeed in marriage, was published in Israel in early 2014 -Yay!

I recently finished my first novel in English, it’s called Ash’s Fire and it is an erotic mystery novel. You can purchase it on Amazon, or learn more about it on GoodReads.

So here’s the hot tub talk: My novel is about consuming desire, addictive love, grave suspicions, friendship, loyalty, and the hardships of modern monogamy. And it’s got a ton of sex. Here’s a bit about the story:

Jordan Cohen, is an Israeli woman in her forties, she’s awesome and still hot (I love that woman!). She’s a successful litigator and she’s married to Sam, her best friend, a criminal defense lawyer and her partner in their Tel Aviv firm.

When Sam invokes their old pact that allows them to have affairs, she’s afraid, but she agrees; Sam’s no cheat, and the pact was her idea. But does she want a hot fling of her own? You bet!

She meets the gorgeous Ari Ash, an ex-Israeli, New York-based concert pianist. Ari is tall-dark-and-delicious, and those hands… And his sex games are mind-bending…

Completely unexpectedly (or is it?), Ari becomes her client in a civil suit, and later, a suspect in a grisly, execution-style murder. A terrified Jordan trusts one criminalist with her lover’s life – her husband.

She sticks by her lover as the police investigate, but her loyalty is tested when she discovers one troubling fact after another. Ari has killed before… Jordan is torn. Is her lover a killer? And by now, she has fallen in love with him, hopelessly and completely.

Jordan’s affair becomes known to a cunning Detective who, for his own reasons, threatens her with exposure, and the ruin of her and Sam’s reputation (sleeping with your client who’s a murder suspect? Really?). Imagine the shame…

Jordan needs to save her lover, her husband’s reputation, her marriage, herself. So this is my teaser, and now you have to go, no, run to the book store.

My inspiration: I started writing my novel a little over a year ago, when I realized that I’ve accumulated sex scenes, and that there’s s story in there, somewhere. I didn’t want the usual no-real-plot kind of erotica book (a hot little, barely-legal female meets a troubled zillionaire and they go at it) (Man, do I have to start critiquing, nay, slashing these books). No. I wanted a real story, with lots of twists and turns, populated with real people. Because I love thrillers, I knew what I had to do.

Miraculously, I met this brilliant writer/content editor and he took a look and immediately asked to be appointed midwife of my novel (his word, not mine). That’s when I sat in front of my computer, and spilled. Amazingly, it was that simple. I’m still reeling from how fast the whole thing happened.

Why do you write? Because I can’t not write. I’ve been writing all my life. If I didn’t write, I would most likely explode and my husband would have to repaint the kitchen.

Who inspires you? Real people inspire me. When they say something that touches my heart, when their eyes light up, when they go through crisis and show courage. I will always want to write about that.

Where would you go? Anywhere.

What is your favorite place on earth? Any place that’s new, where everything is possible, every person is fascinating and lovable, and life is filled with possibilities.

Anything else you'd like us to know? Jordan and Sam and Ari will reappear in the second book of my planned trilogy, and they will continue to break the rules. They will have lots of sex even though they are real adults, not 21-year-olds (imagine that…). They will have more sex outside their marriage. They will live in a new monogamy that needs to be reinvented constantly. And Jordan and Sam will have to tackle more crime. At the end of the trilogy Jordan and Sam might invite Ari to move in with them… Who knows what will happen, right?

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