Have you been writing for a long time?
I have been writing since high school, mostly stories for my own amusement, and then for various newsletters and newspapers. I also wrote on one of my jobs at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City. But it was only six years ago that I started writing books.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I always loved stories. As a child I would make up stories during long car rides, and when falling asleep at night. I figured it might be a good idea to write some of them down, and then I decided it was time to write a book.
Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?
Both. The Earl’s Return can be read without having read the rest of the books in the series. The other books are: The Elusive Wife, The Duke’s Quandary, The Lady’s Disgrace, the Baron’s Betrayal, The Highlander’s Choice, and The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage. The Earl’s Return is the last full novel in the series. Right now I plan a novella with the mother in the series for Christmas, 2017.
Why did you choose this genre?
I was a history major in college and always enjoyed reading books set in historical times. Although I wouldn’t want to do without modern medicine, I do think I would like to visit the past—if there was such a thing as time travel.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write, write, write, and read, read, read. When you read, don’t just read writing craft books, also read books in the genre you are writing in. That is the best way to know what works and what doesn’t.
About the Book
Title: The Earl’s Return
Author: Callie Hutton
Genre: Regency Romance
London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.
One woman catches his eye . . .
At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.
The USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She recently welcomed twin grandsons and loves being a grandma. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a “friend” on Facebook. You can contact her through her website: www.calliehutton.com, or write her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
She is past president of the Oklahoma chapter of The Romance Writers of America and PAN Liaison for Hearts Through History Romance Writers chapter of RWA.