Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.
This week Colleen Coble is in the Spotlight! To win a copy of her book, Blue Moon Promise leave a comment on this post!
Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?
I’ve been married to the same terrific guy for forty years. We have two great kids. Our son lives about forty-five minutes from us and our daughter lives in the Phoenix area. Our son and daughter-in-law gave us the Perfect One (also known as Punky, real name Alexa) and we are nuts about her!
And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest…
I love writing a blend of mystery and romance. I love being on the edge of my seat when I read (and write) a story.
How did you get started writing? Did you have a dream of being a published author?
I wrote my first story in first grade. The teacher praised it and the seed of being a writer was born then. I put my own dreams aside for a while when I was raising my children, but when a younger brother was killed in a freak lightning accident, it was a wake-up call that I should get started on my dream.
After you started writing seriously–how long was it before you were published?
At first I didn’t know what to write, but as part of the grieving process when Randy died, we went to Wyoming to see where my brother had lived for a time. Standing on the parade ground at Fort Laramie, the first idea dropped into my head. I went home and wrote that story. It took a year. I was sure publishers were going to get into a bidding war over it! ☺ Not so much. It took six more years to sell it!
Aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well? Do you have any favorite places and routines when you write? How many hours a day do you spend writing?
Coffee? Did someone mention coffee? ☺ Coffee is my mainstay and gets me writing every morning. First I answer pressing emails, then plunge into the writing process by nine. I sit in my recliner with my faithful MacBook Air and write until I get my word count in for the day. Some days it takes until two. Some days I’m not done until nine at night.
What has been the biggest help to you in the journey to publication? Writers’ conferences? Writing groups? Your mom as your first draft reader?
My husband has been my biggest supporter! When I would have quit in those early years, he encouraged me to keep on sending out that proposal. ☺
Is the “writer’s life” what you thought it would be? (Explain your answer)
It’s better and yet different. I spend way more time writing than I thought I would, plus there is all the promotional work to be done. But I love it all!
What are your biggest distractions?
My granddaughter! And well, email. ☺ I am a people person so the hardest thing about writing is the solitude.
What was one of the best moments in your career and what was one of the worst?
The worst moment was when I thought Thomas Nelson was going to buy my first book. The best moment was five years later when they actually did. ☺
What do you least like about being a writer? Most like?
I love the creative process. I’m a seat of the pants writer so I adore learning what my characters are going to do and where they are going to take me. The only bad thing about being a writer is that there is never any real vacation. I’m about to leave for Hawaii for three weeks, but I know I’ll have some work to do there. I always do.
What is the role and importance of an agent?
My agent’s impact on my career has been huge. I’d written eighteen romances when I got my agent, Karen Solem. I wanted to make the jump into romantic suspense and found Karen. She kicked the first Rock Harbor proposal to the curb for a solid year before she started sending it out. It landed on Ami McConnell’s desk which was a dream come true for me! Karen is so wise about publishing and about people. She has always guided me and much of my success can be laid at her feet.
What advice would you give to new writers?
Don’t make the mistake I made. Write that first book, polish it to the best of your ability and send it out. Then move on to the next book! You learn to write by writing. Don’t keep working that first book over and over.
Pretend I’m a customer at a bookstore looking for a good book. Give me a one or two sentence promo to convince me to buy your book.
Lucy Marsh’s worldly resources are running out, but she’s fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father’s recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.
What’s on the book horizon for you?
Tidewater Inn, the first book in my new Hope Beach series ships in the summer. It’s set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My editor says it’s her favorite book yet so I’m eager to hear what my readers think.
Last question, how can readers find you and your books?
They’re available at any book store and online everywhere. My website is www.colleencoble.com.
Thank you for sharing your writing life with my bleaders! (blog + readers = bleaders)
Thanks so much for having me, Suzanne! Great questions!