Monday, January 10, 2011

Celebrating C.B. Calsing's First Release

Today, we're celebrating the release of C.B. Calsing's first book, ALL ALONG THE PACIFIC, a collection of ten interconnected short stories spanning 150 years of California history.

C.B. Calsing was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California. She now lives in New Orleans. She holds a master of fine arts degree in fiction from the University of New Orleans. She teaches English, edits for a prominent e-book publisher, and writes. Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on Web sites. Her first book, ALL ALONG THE PACIFIC, has just been published.



Ten interconnected short stories spanning 150 years of California history, with original artwork by renowned California painter Diana Bittleston.

C.B. Calsing's breakout collection of short fiction takes you on a fascinating journey through time along the coastline of San Luis Obispo California in a way no one has ever done before. C.B. Calsing's historical romp through the San Luis Obispo area of California is a delightful journey through time, as could only be told through a native daughter with a fascination with not only the history but also the interplay of human lives and how they weave together to create this amazing tapestry we know as life.

An informative exploration of years gone by, and days that happened perhaps last week, her collection is timeless and her voice is one to watch and enjoy now and for years to come.


WIN - Leave C.B. a question today about her new book and your name goes in the hat for an autographed copy of the anthology AN HONEST LIE Volume One which contains her story, "Gran's Prophesy." Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Good morning C.B. and super congrats on the new release!!! What an interesting idea for a short story collection. Do the stories have other connections besides place?

    Tell us a bit more about this collection and what you're working on now.

    Best of luck with your first book and hope it's just the first of many, many more!

  2. My stories do have other connections. Characters reappear, or their children and granchildren pop up, and through them we know how the previous generation's characters faired.

    Right now I'm working on a magical realism novel set in the bayous of Louisiana during 1925. A lot went on back then. Prohibition and the Trapper's War both play a part in this story, which is about a woman living on the fringes of society who helps an English botanist discover a rare plant.

    I should be able to pop in a few times today, so if anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

  3. Oh goody, a new author! Congratulations on your first book release it sounds very interesting. As does the book your working on now. Sounds like it would make a great movie. Both of your books do actually.

    Good luck and love the tatooes by the way!

  4. Congrats on the new release! I grew up in California and know where San Luis Obispo is. I used to love driving along the coastline with my family when I was little.

    Sounds like a very interesting book and I would love to read it.

  5. congrats on your newest release!! All Along the Pacific sounds very interesting and I love the title - it seems it fits perfect to the story.
    wish you all the best, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  6. You're right AuthorIsland, the books do sound like they'd make great movies. Have you tried getting it to studio people yet CB? You should.

    I've never heard the term magical realism before. What exactly is that?

  7. I actually am working on a spec script for a producer right now. It's his story, but maybe once I get my foot in the door, he'll look at something of mine.

    @Katie, magical realism is a style of writing where amazing things happen, and the details are all very lush, but it still happens in our world. The best example that comes to mind is Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One of my favorite books is "Love in the Time of Cholera," which he wrote; it's full of magical realism. He's a major influence on my writing.

  8. Congratulations!! The cover art is exquisite. The premise sounds wonderful.

  9. congrats on the new release it soudns awesome and that cover is just beautiful did you have a hand in helping with the covers r is taht something ud want to do ect and ty for coming to day

    mortalsinn@yahoo com

  10. My mother is actually the artist that did all the work-- the cover and the interior illustrations. You can check out her work at She used to make books with me when I was little, so when my publisher asked if I had an artist in mind, she was the first person I thought of. She'd already read all the stories, so it was an easy collaboration.

  11. Congratulations on your first release. I hope you have many more. This sounds like a very interesting book.

  12. Hello and congratulation on your first release. That is so great and I can't tell you how much I love discovering new authors here!

    How long have you been writing? that's exciting that you are working on a script too. How much different is that from writing a book?

    Good luck and may you have a wonderful career!