Diane Capri Reveals Ginger Calem

Here on Diane Capri Reveals, we’ve featured some of the biggest names in our genre, including my friends and colleagues Lee Child, the father of Rambo, David Morrell, my colleague at the Bar, Steve Berry, the dynamite writing duos Maxine Paetro (and James Patterson), Grant Blackwood (and James Rollins), and more. You can check out those posts by clicking HERE.

Our series on new authors and new voices is winding down. For the past few weeks, by popular demand, we’ve been offering Licensed to Thrill readers a glimpse into authors and books you might not know because the marketplace is crowded and finding good reads is more confusing than it needs to be. So check out our entire Diane Capri Reveals series and see whether you’ve missed a authors and books you’d like to sample for yourself or gifts for your favorite readers. Today, you’re in for a treat.

Ginger Calem’s blog asks, “Who is Ginger Calem, anyway?” You’re probably wondering the same. Lean in and we’ll let you know why Ginger is an author to watch.

Ginger Calem

When Ginger is not at the gym, or tending the home fires and keeping the house natives fed and happy,  she  writes YA with a pinch of paranormal, a generous sprinkle of humor, and a dollop of sass, she claims. But when we interviewed her, we found out a few things that suggest otherwise. What do you think?

She’s had plenty of real world experience to fuel her writing. After enjoying a career as a globetrotting, professional water skier at parks like Sea World and Six Flags, Ginger is now a Level 1 Certified CrossFit coach and (along with her husband) the owner/head trainer of CrossFit Georgetown. Ginger and her training staff help her clients gain, or re-gain, a level of fitness that allows them to work hard and play hard and look good too. Ginger is the founder of WritersButt, a program that focuses on the mind/body connection for writers through inspiration and tips on fitness and nutrition.

Diane Capri: Sounds exhausting to me. Pass the chocolate, Ginger, and tell us about your novel series while I sit here on my writer’s butt and rest.

Ginger Calem: Okay, but just a short break. It’s a YA series about a very old society of Ninjas who have been laying low but are now ready to become active again, for the greater good … or their version of it. It explores the sometimes sticky question of whether it’s okay to do what is ‘wrong’ in order to do what is ‘right’.

Diane Capri: The means and the ends, hmmmm? You’re kind of stuck on this bottom-side concept, aren’t you? *grins*

Ginger Calem: *laughs* I guess so!

Diane Capri: I know you watch television sometimes and I suspect you’re a closet mystery/suspense/thriller lover. Let’s explore that a bit. One show we both like is Dexter. Justice is the underlying theme in all of my books, so I know why Dexter intrigues me and my readers. What is it about the serial killer Dexter that appeals to you?

Ginger Calem:  Its twisted sense of justice and messed up concept of ethics fascinates me. Dexter cuts through the mass of red-tape in society and gets stuff done. Of course this stuff is killing and cutting up bad guys, so it’s complicated, but they totally deserve it. *grins* My most recent TV discovery is PBS’s Sherlock. Wow … it is fabulous. Quick-witted, tight, clean writing and the loveliest, driest humor.

Diane Capri: As I suspected. So confess – you’re a closet mystery writer, aren’t you?

Ginger Calem: Fine. The cat’s out of the bag. I wrote a humorous mystery set in small town Texas, much like my own town. My protagonist has a lot of me in her. Like Grace, I don’t make cupcakes, even for bake sales, I can’t stand sweet tea and I believe a day is not complete without red wine involved. One very big difference is I have never found a dead body stuffed into a BBQ smoker, so there’s that bit of good news!

Diane Capri: You are adventurous, though. Some of your activities, like “tagging,” can get you arrested in American cities. Then you could experience the justice system up close and personal, for sure. What’s this photo all about, hmmm?

Ginger Decorates The Berlin Wall

Ginger Calem: My little piece of history, I guess. I spray painted the Berlin wall before it was destroyed. It seems odd that the only time we see that wall today is in historical photos. But maybe that’s good for me – no evidence remains except this photo you’ve now spread all over the world!

Diane Capri: *grins* We don’t call this series Reveals for nothing!  Let’s talk a bit more about your writing as we wind up here. What is one thing that’s surprised you about writing? Come on. … Otherwise, I might have to tell folks that you once water-skiied in a prom dress and a tiara. Oops! Lost my leverage there…

Ginger Calem: That little tidbit was supposed to be just between us, Diane. But, I forgive you. Let’s see, what I love and what does surprise me in my writing is that my characters become more than what they are in my head. They may start as a picture or a voice or even a reaction to a situation that pops into my mind, but once I have them down on the page, they are strong-willed with voices of their own. It’s like I don’t know everything about them but if I give them room to be themselves, they show me so much stuff that I have to race to keep up with them. It’s a lot fun.

Diane Capri:That strong-willed thing might come from their creator, I’m guessing.  Here you are with Sebastian. What a sweetie! But, seriously, how much did it cost you to get that done to your hair?

Ginger with 100 braid extensions and an admirer!

Ginger Calem: Okay! Break’s over! Hop off your WritersButt and let’s get back to that workout!

Diane Capri: Yikes! Before Ginger kills me with healthy living habits, we hope you enjoyed our chat today. Connect with Ginger at her website: http://gingercalem.wordpress.com/  and on Facebook: AuthorGingerCalem

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53 Responses to Diane Capri Reveals Ginger Calem

  1. Lynette M. Burrows (@LynetteMBurrows) November 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Now I gotta see a post about the prom dress-tiarra-wearing-Ginger on skis! LOL. Thanks for a great Reveal, Diane!

    • Molly Pendlebury November 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      I have pictures of those times. The green dress was her favorite 😉 That was the summer of 92 and spiral perms were all the rage in San Diego back then.

      • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:24 am #

        And let it be known that no prom dress pics will be shared without the permission of the one wearing the tiara! 😉

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      I’m with you, Lynette! Bring on that prom dress and tiara!!! (Of course, I’m not going to box with Ginger — she’ll whip this writer’s butt!!) 😀

      • Lynette M Burrows November 21, 2012 at 7:05 am #

        Oh, I’m certain she’d whip my writer’s butt, too. But . . . I’m a writer. . . there are ways . . .Molly? . . . bwa ha ha ha

  2. Prudence MacLeod November 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Awesome interview. Ginger rocks!

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks so much, Prudence!

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      She really does, Pru!!

  3. Kristy K. James November 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Fun interview. Thank goodness I don’t watch much television, and have never heard of Dexter. Just reading about it here might give me nightmares. But the ninja series sounds really interesting. As does water skiing in a prom dress…any pictures of that floating around anywhere? 🙂

    I need to bookmark Writer’s Butt Wednesdays because I started following the series, but don’t get notifications now. I need the motivation…especially not that winter has arrived. 🙂

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      I have a post back in June with all the links up to that point. I’ve been meaning to create a separate WritersButt page on my blog for anyone who wants to start at the beginning. But, jump on in there. We have fun.

      Dexter is awesome but not for the faint of heart! Thanks for commenting Kristy.

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Um, so, Kristy, you’re good with nijas killing us but not Dexter? Hmmmm…not seeing the distinction here! LOL! 😀 Thanks for reading!

  4. Pat O'Dea Rosen November 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Hi, Ginger and Diane! Ginger, I’m happy to learn we share a love of red wine. Diane, you have got to ge tyour hands on the picture of Ginger water-skiing in the prom dress and tiara. Put Jack Reacher on the case.

    Fun interview, ladies!

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      You just just want to me to dig out all the old photos! Greedy!! 😉

      Red wine is a must.

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Oooooooo!! good plan, Pat!! WHY didn’t I think of Reacher as a weapon!! 😀

  5. Lena Corazon November 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Absolutely fantastic interview, ladies! I loved learning more about Ginger, and seeing all those awesome photos of her. 😀

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks, Lena. I culled through so many old memories in search of some archived pics. 🙂

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks, Lena! Good to see you here. Do come back!

  6. Judythe Morgan November 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    What a hoot you are Ginger. I love the photos. Thanks, Diane for having Ginger on the reveals blog. Fun interview. Now back to my WriterButt work.

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks, Judythe. You know, us girls from Texas are true characters. I know you’ve been doing massive house-overhaul, so your writersbutt has been getting a workout. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Judythe! Nice to meet you. Do come back!

  7. Nicole Maggi November 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    I love me some Benedict Cumberpatch as Sherlock, too! Although I’ve known Ginger for many years it’s wonderful to see her “revealed” to the world at large on your blog!

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      Hi Nicole! Benedict Cumberpatch … I mean, with a name like that, a swoon is necessary! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      We uncover the truth here on Licensed to Thrill, Nicole!! Do come back and hold us to it!

  8. Molly Pendlebury November 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Thanks Diane for some revealing of my sister with your great interview. She’s pretty awesome isn’t she?!! I have photo’s of said prom dress and tiara while skiing. Since there were about 4000 people in the audiences for 4-5 shows a day, I’m not the only one 😉

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:32 am #

      I’m sure I have some photos too. Also of me as Barbara Ann with the larger than life, blond bouffant wig and itsy-bitsy-yellow-polka-dot-bikini!

      I have memories of 7 show days where we didn’t even have time to eat. Busy summer!!

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      I’m actually thinking I could have been one of those audience members, Molly — so maybe I’ve got one of those photos somewhere…….

  9. Kassandra Lamb November 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Oh, oh, I wanna read your mystery, Ginger! A body in a BBQ smoker? Too cool! (Or actually I guess it was probably kinda warm, being in a smoker and all :D). You two are so funny individually. Get you together and what a hoot!

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      Haha Kassandra. Actually it warm from the Texas heat. Peww!! 😉 Some day that mystery will see the light of day. It’s a fun one.

      Thanks for commenting!

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Had to be a small body, though, don’t you think Kass? I mean, most of the smokers I’ve seen are not all that big…. 😉

      • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

        Clearly you have not seen a Texas smoker. You can practically drop an entire bull in those things!

        • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

          Good to know – next time I have an extra bull by the horns, we can give it a try! 😀

          • Lynette M Burrows November 21, 2012 at 7:09 am #

            LOL. Even the smokers in Kansas are big enough but I gotta say, I never thought to put the extra bull by the horns into it!!! You ladies crack me up!

  10. Roy Street November 20, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Great interview! Ginger, you’re already such a sexy and intriguing lady, and now, thanks to Diane, we’ve got even more goods on you! And good luck with your writing. The idea of ancient ninjas sounds like a great premise for a series.

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Hi Roy! You are far to flattering but I’ll take it. haha! I can’t wait to share my ninjas with everyone. I’m so exited about this book series and am putting a lot of myself into it. They are a lot of fun and yet they face some serious ethical questions.

      Hope you and Alicia are doing well. I appreciate you stopping by. Hugs to both of you.

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks for dancing by, Roy! Do come back!

  11. Linda Gerber November 20, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    I’m a WritersButt disciple and have my kids trained to know what is Ginger-approved and Not-Ginger-approved (which is not to say that we’ve given up all our bad habits, but when we know we’re being naughty we’ll laugh and say, um, I don’t think this is Ginger-approved…) I think the next reveal has to be waterskiing in the prom dress and tiara, Ginger. And I’m anxious to see both the ninja series and the Texas mystery on my shelf!

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Linda, you are cracking me up. You could start a WWGD — What would Ginger do? 😉

      I can hardly wait for Ninja Chick ~and~ Hell and Tarnation to be on shelves too, and in Kindles, Nooks, iPads and the like. 🙂

      Thanks for the support! Don’t forget, I’m ‘watching you’. O-O

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:35 am #

      Sounds like a bumper sticker to me, Linda! Thanks for reading and do come back to see us!

  12. Jen McAndrews November 20, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Okay, so the overwhelming need here is for people to see Ginger in a prom dress. So I’m going to take a different approach — cos I love a good mystery *ggl* — and ask what it was, exactly, that Ginger wrote or drew on the Berlin Wall. And wha— oh, crap. I just got hit by the story fairy…. lol!

    Thanks, Diane for giving us a rare glimpse into the lady behind Writer’s Butt!

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      Jen! I always feel like saying your name with an exclamation point. 😉

      Oooh, on the wall. Well, you can maybe see in the picture in red that I wrote my mom and sister’s names with a heart. (Molly and Jackie). I remember I wrote the required Ginger Thompson Was Here! Also, I see in red on the wall a guy doing a gainer (back flip on skis over the ramp) so signify our ski show. Not sure what else. Probably blocked it out because surely it’s incriminating.

      Now … send me the idea for that story. We can write it together. *s*

      • Jen McAndrews November 20, 2012 at 11:47 am #

        my name with an exclamation point? Excellent. It has always been my goal to be the “Norm!” of the internet.

        story idea is percolating. you can’t rush the muse, you know.

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Jen – now Ginger’s given us a full confession, we’ve got leverage, right?? 😀

      • Jen McAndrews November 20, 2012 at 11:45 am #

        *bwahahaha* leverage, indeed. And so the plan begins…

  13. Julie O'Connell November 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Oh, Ginger, I see how it is. You’ve been keeping secrets from us. 🙂 Fabulous interview and a terrific blog! (And I’ve read ‘Tarnation’ – it’s awesome. So is ‘Killer Shot’ – ask her about the chihuahua lady.) I believe I am President and Founder of the Ginger Calem Fan Club, in case anyone else wanted to join her adoring public.

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      You are cracking me up. Look at all the secrets and past stories y’all are dredging up. I haven’t though of Chihuahua Lady (Melva!!) is so long. Lord, she was a hoot. Now I have to find that scene and reread it.

      Thank you, Julie, for being awesome and for being the President of my fan club. I’ve feeling very appreciated and loved.

    • Diane Capri November 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Hi, Julie! Thanks for reading — and as the Prez of Ginger’s fan club, I’ll bet you know some secrets, hmmmmm? C’mon! Spill!!

  14. Sheila Seabrook November 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    How exciting that you visited the Berlin Wall just before it came down, Ginger. I just met a cousin who was raised in east Berlin and was there when the wall came down. Amazing!

    • Ginger Calem November 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      It was pretty cool. We went through Checkpoint Charlie. I hid some money ‘on my body’ when we came back through, because I’m a rebel that way. Seeing guards walk around with machine guns was wild! When the showed all the footage of the wall coming down, I kept looking for ‘my part’. Of course I never saw it but it was fun to know it was possible.

  15. Angela Orlowski-Pear November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Great interview, ladies and fabulous photos, Ginger. I have one with dozens of tiny braids and hair extensions from circa 1995 🙂 Fun times!

    • Ginger Calem November 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks, Angela. I believe this was summer of ’92. 🙂

  16. Lynn Kelley November 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    I’m finally catching up with the Reveals I missed, and I’ve been looking forward to reading more about the amazing Ginger. The ninja series sounds great! And I’d love to see of pic of water skiing in that prom dress, too! Love the braids!

    Great Reveal, Diane. I love your, “Pass the chocolate, Ginger” line!

    • Ginger Calem November 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks, Lynn. You’re so awesome! I cracked up at Diane’s ‘pass the chocolate, Ginger’ too. Kills me! As if I’m going to share my chocolate!!

      I will be on a quest to find some good skiing prom-dress pics. They’re around here someplace.

      Appreciate the comment.

  17. Louise Behiel December 3, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    good reveal, Ladies. tiara and water skis? my brain needs more information about that image.

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