Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hollywood Trivia Interview with Rie McGaha, author of Caleb, My Soul to Keep Trilogy

How would you convince seven shipwrecked individuals on a deserted island to buy your book? If you were asked to give a speech on the Book Walk of Fame what would you thank and why? Find out all this and more today when The Real Hollywood’s Book chat welcomes author Rie McGaha, author of the novel Calen, My Soul To Keep Trilogy.

Rie McGaha was born and raised in northern California along the shores of Humboldt County where her grandmother often took her to search for seashells and watch the humpback whales migration. Though her father was a bit of a gypsy and moved his family all over, Rie always enjoyed the trips back to Eureka, California where many of her 12 children and 23 grandchildren still live.

As a dreamer of dreams and being born with a a gypsy soul, Rie has lived all over the United States. Settling in SE Oklahoma with husband, Nathan, she enjoys a quiet life in the Kiamichi Wilderness where she takes in abused and neglected animals, nurses them back to health and tries to find them new homes. The ones that don't find new homes remain with Rie and she currently has 18 dogs and 1 cat.
Between her husband, children, grandchildren and all of the animals, Rie tries to find a few moments to write. She is currently working on Ancient Blood, the sequel to Blood Line, and Caleb and Arion the second and third installments of the My Soul To Keep Trilogy. She also writes reviews for Romance Writers United.

For more information, visit Rie at or read her blog at


1. Gilligan’s Island Trivia – Taking a three hour boat tour, you find yourself shipwrecked on this tiny little remote island where 7 people were also shipwrecked. How would you convince this varied audience to read your book? Remember on this island besides The Skipper, his little buddy Gilligan and MaryAnn, is the smart Professor, the rich Mr.& Mrs. Howell who have the money to make your book into a movie and Ginger the movie star who might have a starring role. Please talk to the audience not to me.

My novels have something for everyone. Skipper, you will love the sexy women and erotic love scenes. Gilligan, there is plenty of adventure and action for you. Mary Ann, you will love the romantic moments and settings that will make you swoon over the hero. Professor, don’t think I’ve left you out. You will love the intelligence of the characters and storyline. Ginger, you will love playing the strong, smart, beautiful lead, and Mr. & Mrs. Howell, you will love the fact that I used to be a masseuse and worked on many Hollywood movie sets!

2. Wheel of Fortune – you have been asked by the Wheel of Fortune writers to create a word puzzle spelling one of the books characters his/her name. Which character name would you want on the Wheel of Fortune puzzle board and why?

Calen MacLean-Calen is a warrior, a lover and heir to throne, so to speak, but
he’s funny and caring and has a mountain of flaws. I like my heroes to be human, determined and willing to go to any length for their loved ones, but aren’t afraid to be themselves and say something stupid or act foolishly once in a while.

3. Gone With the Wind – If Rhett Butler were to change his famous line from “Frankly, My Dear I don’t give a damn” to Frankly, My Dear I think you should read this paragraph from this bestselling novelist. What paragraph is Rhett referring to? Tell us how it fits into the novel?

“He had fought in the last battle Clan MacLean was forced into, and forced was exactly the way it had been. His father never believed that war was an answer, but a last resort, and when all else had failed it was war they’d waged and won. Calen had been but ten and seven, and he knew fear then. He fought bravely in the middle of it all and proved himself a valiant warrior, and had saved the lives of many soldiers. But he also saw men die, and worse, saw them maimed and bleeding and begging for the sweet relief of death. He knew why his father never rushed headlong into battle if words could somehow settle the fray instead. He also knew that sometimes peace could only be found on the other side of war.” Calen-My Soul To Keep Trilogy

I love this passage. I am huge American history buff and a member of my family has fought in every war there has been on this soil, and my youngest son, Cody, is a United States Marine who has been to Afghanistan, and was wounded in battle in Iraq. The men and women who have served in our military are all heroes and it’s because of their bravery and conviction that we live in the land of the free. A man who has nothing worth fighting for, has nothing, and it’s true of a country as well.

4. Hollywood Book Walk of Fame – A bookstore in Hollywood, California had decided that books should have their own walk of fame. So they have lined the sidewalk in front of their store with book molds in the sidewalk. Your name is to appear on one of these book molds. You give an acceptance speech at the ceremony. What would you say and who would you thank?

Thank you all very much for being here today and for including me in this illustrious list of authors. I grew up reading such books as “Of Mice And Men”, “Gone With The Wind”, and “Catcher In The Rye”, but it wasn’t until I read “The Shining” by Stephen King that I knew being an author was who I was. I would like to thank my family, my children, and my husband for always believing in me, and for lying and saying I’m the best author they’ve ever read. And I’d like to thank my editor Jill Noble for recognizing talent in my first book, Deadly Dreams, and for being my mentor.

Thank you Rie McGaha for stopping by The Real Hollywood blog today. I wish you continued success on your virtual book tour and who knows your book might just make it to the silver screen.

Rie's virtual book tour is brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion.


Dorothy Thompson said...

Beautiful cover...thanks for posting her interview!

Rie McGaha said...

Thank you so much for having me as your guest! You've got a great site here.
Rie McGaha...fantasy that keeps you up