Author Interview – Her Mistletoe Cowboy by Alissa Callen


Her MistletoeHer Mistletoe Cowboy

Corporate analyst, Ivy Bishop, intends spending Christmas holed up in an isolated Montana ranch house with only an abandoned puppy for company. When the festive season ends her broken heart might just have had just enough time to heal.

Ex-rodeo rider, Rhett Dixon, has put his playing days behind him. He has something to prove. Despite being the first son in three generations of ranchers, he is determined to succeed in ranching on his own merits.

But when Rhett’s new neighbor proves to be far-too-pretty and far-too-compassionate, his single-minded focus deserts him. And the more time Ivy spends with the workaholic, blue-eyed cowboy next door the more she realizes her heart isn’t actually broken – yet.


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Author Alissa Callen

When Alissa Callen isn’t writing she plays traffic controller to four children, three dogs, two horses and one renegade cow who really does believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. After a childhood spent chasing sheep on the family farm, Alissa has always been drawn to remote areas and small towns, even when residing overseas. Once a teacher and a counsellor, she remains interested in the life journeys that people take. She also is partial to historic homesteads and country gardens and has been known to drive hours to see an open-garden. She currently lives on a small slice of rural Australia in central western New South Wales.

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Author Interview

One food you would never eat?

It’s more like I’d never drink … coffee.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?


Cherish Me, Cowboy and Her Mistletoe Cowboy are the first two books in my Wildflower Ranch series set in Montana. I’m busy writing the third book now, Her Big Sky Cowboy, which will be out early 2015. I also write full length rural novels set in the outback and my third book is in the planning stage.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?


To read. Anything and everything.


Favorite Candy?


I’m not sure they make them anymore but peanut butter twix bars.


What’s your favorite season/weather?



Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?


Music even though half the time I don’t seem to listen to it.

Favorite childhood book?


The Silver Brumby – Elyne Mitchell




one horse (Banjo), one pony (Thomas), three dogs (Milo, Milly, Dusty), three Pekin ducks and 6 chooks

What words or expression do you overuse?


Gaze, long, nothing and about 100 others!

Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?


Hands down, lurking in the shadows.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?


I’m a hybrid-plotter. I plot in broad strokes and then pantser my way through filling in the finer strokes.


How do you overcome writer’s block?


If a story trickles to a stop I know I haven’t planned it sufficiently or have my character’s motivations drilled down. Often I’ll go for a walk, or do something outside, and it’s then when I’m not thinking about the story, that the words will again flow.



Describe your book in 5 words.


Emotional. Character driven. Sweet romance.


Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?


A title always comes first. For some reason I can’t seem to settle on a plot if I don’t have a title to pin the story on.

What drives you insane about the writing process?


One thing that irks me is how many mistakes I can miss. I can re-read over a chapter twenty times and there will still then be something I’ve missed.


This or That


TV or Movies?


Hot or Cold?



Chocolate or Vanilla?



Skittles or M&Ms?



Sweet or Salty?




City or Country?





  1. Thanks so much for having me Kathy:)