About Callie Gold:
Callie Gold is an Israeli married to an American. She admits that marrying her husband was the smartest decision she has ever made. Together they have raised three beautiful children.
Callie is a lawyer, and a Jew, and what’s worse – an Israeli. That means that she’s an in-your-face kinda gal. There is no Hebrew word for ‘subtle’. Callie’s husband says that she has too many opinions, and he’s right. But she’s also open and friendly and very curious, and is known to start intimate conversations with the Falafel guy.
Since she stopped litigating, Callie’s husband says she’s become a much nicer person (Callie’s husband is almost always right, which makes living with him really good and seriously annoying, all at the same time).
When she’s not writing, Callie does divorce mediation and marriage counseling, which, she believes will save her a good seat in that place up there. She also cooks and bakes and you will always find home-baked bread in her freezer, next to the gelato that her husband makes. His mocha ice gelato is to die for.
Callie writes because writing creates another life for her, a life in which she can do whatever she wants. In order to write she has become a time thief.
Above all, Callie is a lover of people and she can never get enough of human interaction. So feel free to start up a conversation!
What inspires you to write?
Real people inspire me. An expression I see on a person’s face, a certain something I that goes on between two people. When they say something that touches my heart, when their eyes light up, when my clients go through crisis and demonstrate courage. I will always want to write about that.
Truth is, writing is not exactly having inspiration, it’s more a need. I have to write, I’ve been writing all my life. Paradoxically, knowing that I’m going to write makes me look and listen, and in turn, what I see and hear inspires me to write. There are a million stories around me waiting to spill out through me and show themselves. If I didn’t write, I would most likely explode and my husband would have to repaint the kitchen.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write by the seat of me pants, for sure. At some point, though, once I have accumulated a stack of stuff, I will go look for an outline.
For my last novel, I actually wrote the names of all the chapters I had at that point on little cards and then spread them on the table, trying to put them in order. The wind came, and blew them around and made a mess. It was serendipitous, though, because I had to justify to the wind why a certain card had to be at a certain place, so I felt like I was fighting for my chapters and that made me think harder.
My characters do not get sketches. They write their own, and then tell me about it. They also tell me what they’re going to do, so I don’t necessarily have a hell of a lot of say in the matter.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have to listen to my characters or they will come out false and all wrong. They know better than me what they will say and do, so I must listen.
In a way, I create the world around them, and then they take over and do their own thing.
So basically I live in two worlds. One is the physical world where I exist some of the time, and the other, which is just as real, is the world my characters populate, in which I am an observer.
What advice would you give other writers?
Look and Listen. The rest will come. Ah, and there’s love. You have to love your characters or they will not talk to you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I don’t have advice for other people on that one, the publishing question is decided on a case by case basis.
And I am still undecided.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t live in the USA so I can’t talk intelligently about the American book publishing world. In Israel, the publishing world is collapsing, disintegrating. I have no idea what will happen to it.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: romance, mystery, adult themes
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print