February 23, 2013

Writer Wrangler + Giveaway: Calia Read

I must admit, when I first reached out to Calia Read for Crazy, Stupid Love, I hadn't read any of her books. But one look at those eyes and I developed an instant Girl Crush! Then during the interview process and subsequently following her blog, I just fell in love with this lady. Find out why.

Braine: Hi Calia! Super thanks for chatting with us. Let's get to it shall we? Tell us something about Sloan Brothers that we won't find in the book blurbs?

Calia Read: Tall. So tall. Ridiculously tall. LOL! 

Braine: We love them tall! What books influenced you and your writing the most?

Calia Read: I think EVERY Liz Reinhardt book. It pushes those limits. It was my FIRST Indie and the first book I read that bridged the gap between Young Adult and Adult. 

Braine: I must say some of the cover arts look steamy. I added a couple to my TBR. Going back, which line from Sloan Brothers is your favorite?

Calia Read: Right now, I'm in the middle of writing the Breaking the Wrong. So my favorite lines automatically comes from there. And it would have to be: "Be broken glass."

Braine: Be broken glass. Sounds powerful. Can you describe Sloan Brothers in one word.

Calia Read: Intense. 

Braine: Was your own New Adult phase similar to that of your characters?

Calia Read: I wish! LOL! I didn't do all the crazies that my characters do. I sometimes cringe and smile at the same time as they do something reckless. 
Braine: Did you have your own "Sloan Brothers" growing up? 

Calia Read: Oh,! I wish I did. LOL! So much injustice! That would have been amazing. Thayer is created out of someone my friend knew. He had a younger brother, and there seemed to be a little sibling rivalry. 

Braine: Hmmm... interesting. Are they tall too? JK! What is it about Sloan Brothers that readers will find compelling?

Calia Read: There are so many layers to them. You really think you know them and you don't. Even I don't know the whole story. I'm discovering it as I go while writing BtW and another piece of the puzzle just appeared and for me, it's fascinating...and a little bit tragic. 

Braine: Can you share a little trivia with us regarding the conception of your characters?

Calia Read: All my characters are have pieces of people close to me. There isn't one character that is just random. I might visualize a character to look like someone I know, or they might have the personality of someone close to me. A lot of things that happen to my characters have happened to me, especially for Severine Blake. (Sadly, the love triangle never happened! *insert sad face*) 

Braine: You change addresses every year, why is that? Where do you live now?

Calia Read: My husband is in the Army and wherever he goes, I follow. Although sometimes, the places we live can be very interesting. I stuck out like a sore thumb in Korea. :) Right now, we live in Germany. And this has been the longest we have stayed in one place. We're coming up on two years here and are very anxious to go back home.

Braine: You look very European and I have to say your eyes are really beautiful, piercing in fact. OK I'm having a girl crush moment here LOL. What's your ethnic mix? 

Calia Read: LOL! Thanks so much! And your guess is good! Most of my family is from Germany and Ireland.

Braine: That explains it. I hope you don't find me weird, I just find your eyes so striking. anyway... what are you writing next?

Calia Read: After Breaking the Wrong, I plan on writing The Sixteenth Need and I'm so excited about that story. It follows Lily Partlow (Severine's friend in Every Which Way) and Severine's brother, Rennick Blake. They have a past and I can't wait to discover it! And I'm hoping to finalize Unravel. It's been a story I've been working on for a few years, that I can't wait for everyone to see Naomi's story! 

Braine: Exciting and it sounds like you'll be busy for a while. What book did you recently purchase?

Calia Read: I just purchased Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A lot of my book friends are raving about it and now I HAVE to check it out! 

Braine: OMG! Gone Girl was blow your mind crazy! I still don't know how to describe that book! Aside from your books, what other New Adult novel or series do you recommend?

Melissa Brown
Calia Read: ANYTHING by Liz Reinhardt. Her writing is amazing, her characters are real. The angst and romance in her books makes me swoon! I just read Perfectly Unmatched by her, and I was IN LOVE!

Braine: Which fellow author are you dying to meet?

Calia Read: The best question EVAH!! I would love to meet my CP, Melissa Brown. It's a tragedy we haven't met yet! I'd love to meet Tarryn Fisher, Willow Aster, Liz Reinhardt. And there's so many more but if I met those handful of authors, I might panic and just stare all creepily.

Braine: Thanks again for the short chat, Calia, and Lily Partlow really sound so intriguing to me. Can't wait to check that, Unravel and the book two of the Sloan Brothers out!

I started reading Every Which Way and it's real good! 
I suggest you get your Sloan on, you won't be sorry!
No purchase links available for Breaking the Wrong

Purchase Every Which Way

College seemed like too much stress for me. Traveling across the world, getting married, and having three kids seemed much more relaxing.

Yeah, I’m still waiting for the relaxing part to kick in...

I change addresses every other year. It’s not by choice but it is my reality.

While the crazies of life kept me busy, the stories in my head decided to bubble to the surface. They were dying to be told and and I was dying to tell them.

That was four years ago. Soon, the stories will be shared with you. I hope you’ll enjoy escaping to the crazy world of these characters with me!!

I'm constantly on Facebook. 'Like' me there so we can gush and talk about everything books!

Fan Girls & Boys Welcome!
Calia is giving away a signed paperback copy of 
Every Which Way
US Only

Good luck!


  1. Great covers! I hadn't heard of these books or author before but I'm going to go check them all out after this fun interview!

  2. Stockholm, Sweden!! I love the Swedish people! I love their government! I love the's beautiful!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  3. Great interview! If I could move anywhere it would be any city in Maine or Alaska.

  4. Calia Read is one of my favorite authors, so learning new things about her is great!!! If I could live anywhere in the world, it would probably be California! The weather there is amazing and it's such a pretty state.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!!

  5. Victoria, BC, Canada

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  6. Any city in the world? I think I'd have to go with either London, or Paris, but only because I've never been before. Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway :)

  7. I'd be off to Edinburgh, love that place, love the people, love the architecture.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  8. Liz Reinhardt is the best! Especially the Brenna Blixen series -- so good!

    Great interview :)

  9. Great interview. EWW is on my top 10 alltime favourites and I'm waiting on batef bresth for BTW. Oh and I have a girl crush on Calia too.
    I wouldn't move from where I am now, Melbourne Australia, maybe just to a suburb closer to the beach.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    1. Just realised it was for US only so you can delete my entries but wanted to comment anyway :)

  10. Key West. thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I've actually dreamed of where it would be fun to live. I'm thinking either Savannah Georgia or Charleston SC.

    I have friends in both cities.

  12. I would love to live in New Orleans. It's such a beautiful, fun, creative city.

    cc_clubbs [at] yahoo [dot] com

  13. Humm I think I would move to California or else Pairs!!!:)

  14. I will probably stay in mi city Miami I love it here and I wouldn't change it for any other city..

  15. I'm thinking Coronado Island, California or someplace in the Sierra Nevada mountains. :)

  16. Dublin, Ireland. or North Carolina.

  17. Hmmm... anywhere?
    I'd probably move to Pasadena - close enough to the city and close enough to home!

  18. I wish I can move to like Seoul(Korea) or Tokyo:D but if in USA than I would move to California!(:

  19. Kona, HI! That is my absolute favorite place EVER!

  20. I really want to live in San Francisco. I went there last summer for vacation and loved it! Perfect weather and plenty of stuff to do outdoors :)


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