‘Undertow’ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: Author Interview- Callie Kingston


by Callie Kingston

Carolwood Press

Pub. Date:  Feb. 18, 2012

Book Blurb:

While she sleeps beside a log on the wild Oregon coast, a rogue wave pulls Marissa into the sea. Now she dreams each night of a merman who rescues her. Obsessed with returning to this beautiful creature, she again risks her life in the frigid ocean.

Will Marissa remain lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or can real love save her from the abyss? Sometimes, the dangers which lie within are the deadliest.


Author Interview #1:

‘UNDERTOW’ is a contemporary/New Adult novel, however, when reading the description, it could easily be mistaken for a paranormal romance. Would you explain this a bit for readers?

The catalyst for the story is that Marissa believes she was  rescued by a mythical creature who she is convinced waits for her under the sea. Her decision to join him triggers the central crisis. There’s certainly an element of paranormal romance in Marissa’s own mind, and the psychological suspense is sustained in large part by her conviction. To clearly state the main plot twist in the description would spoil it for readers, although there are hints of the underlying conflict.

Where did you get your ideas or inspiration for the ‘UNDERTOW’ plot and/or the characters?

I had just visited Forks, Washington and became intrigued with the Twilight phenomena—the town’s practically a theme park for the novel—so I devoured the series. With my background in psychology, the main character fascinated me. Could she be delusional? The idea turned over in my mind for several weeks until one day Marissa appeared and I saw her story unfold.

What books have most influenced your life?

Too many to list, really. Every book influences me in some subtle way—that’s the fundamental power of literature. But those which have affected me more profoundly include A Handmaid’s Tale, A Tale of Two Cities, Mists of Avalon, A Girl of the Limberlost, The Bell Jar, and a slew of others. Interestingly, these are novels I read in my teens and early twenties, which is why I’m so drawn to write YA/New Adult—adolescence is when the maturing brain most hungers for truth, and story is often the most direct path (yes, I’m a fan of Joseph Campbell and Jungian psychology).

What are you reading right now?

Steampunk: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to hike, cook, read, and garden.


About Callie:

Callie Kingston’s home is in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with many furry creatures (including her husband). She holds a masters degree in psychology and has worked in schools for many years. When not writing, she likes to explore the outdoors, especially the forests and beaches along the Oregon coast. She also enjoys a great cup of cappuccino, which happily is easily found in her part of the world.


This blog tour is hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews.  Click here for the complete blog tour calendar.

Undertow can be purchased at Amazon, as well as other major and independent booksellers. 



For a chance to win an e-copy of Undertow, please leave a comment telling about a book has greatly influenced you and why (with your e-mail address in the comment, or attached in some way).

I will select a winner randomly on June 14th.  Good luck!


3 thoughts on “‘Undertow’ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: Author Interview- Callie Kingston

  1. To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of my fav books, and the character of Atticus made me aspire to be like him when I grew up. (the first time I read it I was 10)

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