AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Cali Mann

Author Bio: Give me a cozy chair, a snuggily feline, and a book any day and I’m happy. I’ve been reading and dreaming up my own fantastical worlds since I was small, and I’m excited to share them with readers. I especially love stories with a bit of magic such as urban fantasy or paranormal romance.  I grew up among the snow and birch trees of rural New York, but I now make my home in the urban jungle of Atlanta with my family and our two cats. 

Book Title: Found

Genre: RH Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: Spirit shifters are killed at birth, except when they aren’t.

Raised by human traffickers, Hailey learned from an early age that the one person she could trust was herself.

But a shifter needs a pack, and Hailey doesn’t know who’s an enemy and who’s a lover. Or who to trust with a secret that could get her killed.

Published Date: Dec 5, 2019

Publisher: self

Do you have a pen name and why? I actually have two pen names, Cali Mann for paranormal romance and Mae Baum for ya and adult fantasy.  Both of them include bits and pieces of my own name, but the whole thing is too incomprehensible to put on a book cover. Also, they help my readers clearly know which kind of book they are picking up from me.  

What other writing have you done?  I found that I really enjoy writing short stories, and both pen names have shorts out in anthologies.  

What’s the story behind your book title?  Found was named because the main character, Hailey has been held hostage by human traffickers most of her life and is unaware of her genetic heritage as a shifter.  When she’s found by a passing recruiter for Thornbriar Academy, her real adventure begins.  

How did you go about developing your cover artwork?  My book cover was done by the amazing Victoria Cooper (on Facebook as Victoria Cooper Art).  She does an fantastic job at taking my random ideas and turning them into real art. I love her!  

Have you used any real events or places to inspire your writing?  The location of Thornbriar Academy in the Blue Ridge Mountains was inspired by a recent family vacation to the area.  We went in summer (because we are wimps) but we loved the views, the hiking, and the wildlife.  

How do you develop your characters?  They walk on to my mind stage and start chattering away at me, often in a dream.  Sometimes I research different ideas, like Terrin in Found is thought to be a mythical shapeshifter who hunts and kills murderers by his family. But usually the personality comes first, and insists on their story being told. 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to write a book?  Just do it. I’ve participated in several Nanowrimos and even though some of my early attempts were dreadful, the experience has been worth it. Although I read a lot of craft books and work with critique groups, the main thing that has helped me grow as a writer is writing.  

Who are your five favorite authors?  Laurel K. Hamilton, Richelle Mead, Jim Butcher, J.R.Ward, and Louisa May Alcott. 

What do I enjoy doing when not writing?  Reading as evidenced by that bizarre collection above. I also enjoy playing card and video games, watching TV and movies, hiking, and hanging out with my family and cats. 

What is your favorite quote: “We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.” – Nikita Gill

thank you Cali for stopping by, you have been a pleasure to have and doll to spend time with!

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Author of young adult/fantasy / paranormal as well as poetry and more.