I have an alter ego!
Emma Cane, I've written a small town series about Valentine Valley and Fairfield Orchard. A Spiced Apple Winter, was published in January
2017. Check out my website!
Romance Writers of America Book Signing
Inside the Roman Colosseum
Skiing while visiting our son
in Aspen CO
Canoing with our dog Uma
The Casual Bio:
It all began in Erie, PA,
when I was 13. My parents, Fran & Renee Kloecker,
had no problem letting me bury myself in the basement with an old
typewriter. I started writing science fiction short
stories and novellas about teenagers (naturally) who always
managed to fall in love. Then at a high school slumber party,
I borrowed a friend's copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's SHANNA. While everyone
else slept, I stayed up all night reading--and I was hooked.
A whole new world of books had opened up to me, and I
devoured them. I went to college and chose
engineering instead of writing, but writing always lingered at the back
of my mind. Heck, I didn't like engineering enough to finish
it. After I got married and had babies, the
typewriter (and soon a computer) called me back, and I finally tried my
hand at a historical romance. It took me 13 years and three
manuscripts (two of which will never leave the closet) before Avon
bought my first book in 1998. My twentieth-third novel, The Groom Wore Plaid, came out
in March 2016. I've also written
medievals under the name Julia
Latham. I write contemporary romance as Emma Cane, and my recent title, A Spiced Apple Winter, was published in January 2017.
Thank goodness I found the Central
New York Romance Writers,
where I learned all about writing and friendship. Then
critique group, the Packeteers, whose support has been
and crucial. I have a wonderful husband, Jim, and three kids:
(he and his wife Angie own Bomber Alpine Snowboard Outfitters near Aspen CO), Michelle and Laura (who both work in New York City).
Well, thanks for stopping by.
I love to get e-mail, so send me some, please! gayle @ gaylecallen.com
A USA Today
Bestselling author, Gayle Callen writes historical romances. Named the "Notable New Author of
has also won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the
Booksellers' Best Award, the National Readers' Choice
Award, and was a nominee for the RT Book Reviews Magazine's Reviewers' Choice Award. Her books have been
translated into eleven different languages. She also writes contemporary romance as Emma Cane.
She resides in a suburb of Central
New York with her husband. Now that her three children are grown, she
has time to read, sing, travel, crochet, and delve too deeply into
historical research. A past President of the Central New York Romance
Writers, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America and
When is the next book coming out?
What book are you working
Where do you get your
How long does it take you
to write a book?
Who comes up with the
titles for your books?
How are the books
Will you ever write
How long did it take you
to get published?
How did you start writing
Do you have any writing
When you're not writing,
what do you do?
So what pets do you have?
have any other questions, just let me know!
is the next book coming out?
Check out my enhanced series "Secrets and Vows," starting with the first book Compromised.
Four couples each bound together by sworn vows, yet divided by secrets.
For something different, I'm writing contemporary romance as Emma Cane. My second book in the Fairfield Orchard series, A Spiced Apple Winter, was published in January 2017.
book are you working on now?
Just finished the third book of the "Highland
Weddings" trilogy, Love With a Scottish Outlaw, which will be published in July. It's about Cat (short for Catriona), sister of Owen, the hero of The Groom Wore Plaid.
As the book opens, Cat has a tragic accident and loses her memory, only
to be found by her father's enemy, an outlawed clan chief. Fun!
do you get your ideas?
From everywhere. Sometimes an interesting piece of historical research just
makes me think, "Aha!" like when I wrote my second trilogy set during
the Spanish Armada (His
Betrothed, His Scandal,
I imagined a Spanish sailor washing up on English shores when
Armada broke up, then I decided to make him a double agent, so he's
really British not Spanish...and it went from there. I came
with the trilogy idea for "The Sisters of Willow Pond" (The Lord Next Door, The Duke In Disguise, The Viscount In Her Bedroom)
because I really
wanted to write a governess story and a lady's companion story. Of course, there has to be a reason that our heroines would
to work these jobs, so...they're penniless. Then I ask why,
the questions just start coming. Then they had to have a
sister, because I love to write trilogies. I didn't want the
third heroine to work, so she's the one who has to find a husband, fast.
long does it take you to write a book?
Three to six
months! Since I write as two people, I have
2-3 or more books out a year.
comes up with the titles for your books?
Me or my publisher--or my husband! I'm twelve out
of twenty-four at this point. I came up with The Darkest
Knight, My Lady's Guardian, His Scandal, His Bride, A Woman's Innocence,
Next Door, The Duke In Disguise,
Never Dare a Duke, In Pursuit
of a Scandalous Lady, Surrender to the Earl, Redemption of the Duke, and Love With a Scottish Outlaw. My editors came up with A Knight's Vow, His Betrothed, No Ordinary Groom,
The Beauty and the Spy, Never Trust a
Scoundrel, A Most Scandalous Engagement, Every Scandalous Secret, The Wrong Bride, and The Groom Wore Plaid. We'll have to split the credit for a couple
titles. I was going to call it The Baron in Her
Bedroom, but my editor liked The Viscount
in Her Bedroom. She thought it sounded
sexier! You just have to find what sells, and often the
publishers know best! Also Never Marry a Stranger
was discovered brainstorming with my editor AND my agent. Return of the Viscount--we threw around so many titles, and combined them all!
are the books connected?
I wrote a special page on this. Click here.
you ever write another medieval?
Gayle has been writing
Victorians, while my pseudonym, Julia
wrote medievals. Alas, the market for medievals is small, so I no
longer write them regularly. BUT, the Scottish trilogy is set in a
medieval castle, and eighteenth-century Highlanders still lived the way
they did in the middle ages.
long did it take you to get published?
Thirteen years! Yes, I know, it's a long time.
My third complete book, The
Darkest Knight, was the one that sold. (It's been republished as On Her Warrior's Secret Mission) The first
two books will stay in their boxes. I learned so much about
writing from them! Most of us have to practice before we
sell. And I wasn't writing full time through these thirteen
years. When something wasn't working, I just used to put it
aside for weeks or months at a time. Now I only have the
luxury of a day or two to angst, then I darn well better figure out the
did you start writing romance?
Because I loved to read them, of course!
In high school, a friend brought Kathleen Woodiwiss's Shanna
to a slumber party, and while the rest of the girls slept, I read all
night long. Before that, I read science fiction, but once I
found historical romance, I never looked back. Since I'd been
writing science fiction stories about teenagers for a few years by
then, it was just natural for me to start trying my hand at historical
romance. But it wasn't until I was married, with babies who
napped, that I decided that if I really wanted to be published, it was
time to start. When I was in the middle of my second
manuscript, I found Romance
Writers of America and our local chapter The
Romance Writers. I never would have been published
without the advice and support of my fellow writers.
you have any writing tips?
If you want to write, find a writers' group to
join. I found The
Central NY Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America,
both of which taught me so much! Through these groups, I took
classes, attended conferences, had individual appointments with editors
and agents. I met my agent at a conference that my own
chapter put on. But the most important thing you must do is
write. Don't wait for that "perfect" moment, or for when
you're done with your research (I did that for a YEAR before a friend
finally said, "Shouldn't you just start to write?"). Putting
your butt in the chair every day keeps you in the world of your story,
and makes your ideas flow. Even if you can only sneak in one
hour a day to write one page, that's an entire first draft by the time
a year is done. You can do it!
you're not writing, what do you do?
Some of what I like to do is listed on my Fun Stuff page.
I've also rediscovered my love of crocheting, when those
scarves became big a couple years ago. Since then, I've
crocheted afghans, table runners, and even baby
sweaters. With our dog Uma, my husband and I hike in the summer and snowshoe in the winter. I'd
like to travel
I have two daughters working in New York City and my son and his wife working in Aspen CO. Lots of places to visit!
what pets do you have?
When my son still lived at home, our house used
to be a menagerie. We had gerbils (and lots of babies!!),
tiger salamanders, geckos, and poison dart frogs--I'm sure I'm
forgetting something. But now we're completely happy with Uma, our sweet Alaskan husky.