Author Spotlight: Colleen Coble

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.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Dani Pettrey is Sandi Ansell! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week please welcome Colleen Coble back in the spotlight! To win a copy her new book Safe in His Arms (Thomas Nelson), leave a comment on this post!

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

I didn’t understand branding until I want to Thomas Nelson. My editor Ami McConnell really helped me hone my strengths and figure out what my readership wanted. She once told me to “love your reader” and I always try to keep the reader in mind when I’m writing.

I’m inspired by…

Children. I love kids, their honesty, their wonder. I love including kids in my books.

My great adventure has been…

I’m living it right now. We came to Cambodia on a missions trip, and seeing the needs of the country and the sweet spirit of the people has been eye-opening.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

Australia and New Zealand! I’ve always had a strange affinity for that part of the world, and I would love to see it. I will someday.

If you have only…an hour…

I grab a book. I love to read and have since I could first turn a page.

Describe yourself in one word.


If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

Um, this actually happened. We lost our home to a fire in 1984. I grabbed my wedding dress and a suitcase of pictures. My husband still jokes about me grabbing the only article of clothing I’ll never wear again. ☺

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

The day my granddaughter was born. We’d thought we would never have any grandkids, and she is the light of our lives.

What drives you to succeed?

I love writing. I love every part of it, and the work itself drives me.

Best Saturday Afternoon Read

Any suspense novel. ☺

Best Indulgence

Debrand’s truffles! My favorite is the mocha or dark chocolate.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel 😉

  2. Merry says:

    Colleen sounds like a wonderful lady! I love her books. Thanks for a chance to win Safe in His Arms.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  3. Katie L says:

    Thank you for being so generous. Have a blessed day!

  4. Anne Gooch says:

    Love the cover, love the author and I know it will be a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it 🙂

  5. Laurel says:

    I would LOVE to win this book. I’ve enjoyed all of Colleen’s books that I’ve had the opportunity to read! 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity!

  6. Lynne Young says:

    I love Colleen’s books and can’t wait to read this one! Thank you for a great interview!

  7. Katie Johnson says:

    I would love to win Safe In His Arms. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. angela says:

    would love to win.

  9. Sharon Spahr says:

    Thank you for giving us the chance to win this book.

  10. Sue Stone says:

    I would love to win “Safe In His Arms”. Thank you Colleen!

  11. Dianne Noland says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books. I would love one of your books!

  12. Susie Koenig says:

    Any book by Miss Colleen I have a hard time putting down !! Thanks for the opportunity to win one I don’t already have yet !! =)

  13. Tabitha Rex says:

    Wow, Cambodia…..I would love to be able to experience the world someday. =)

  14. Molly Loggins says:

    Hi, Colleen! Thanks for giving us the inside scoop on your life! I would love to read your book!
    Molly Loggins

  15. sonja headings says:

    enjoy your books

  16. Karen Schulz says:

    I have greatly enjoyed several of Colleen’s books, and would love to win this one!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  17. Melanie says:

    Love he books. Would LOVE to win this!

  18. Lisa Medeiros says:

    I love Colleen Coble’s books and can’t wait to read Safe in His Arms!
    Have a great day!

  19. John Allison says:

    It’s always nice to see the authors point of view and how they get their inspirations on writing…….make you enjoy their books even more..

  20. Anna Sanford says:

    I’d love to try this new author, I have never heard of her, love to see if she is my new favorite.

    Anna Sanford

  21. Pamela says:

    Love to read the author interviews to learn about their inspirations!

  22. grams says:

    Love Colleen’s books and can’t wait to read this one! Love the author spotlights.

  23. Cyndi Wilson says:

    Loved this interview, love this author, and loved this book! My daughter is wanting to work with orphans so I was quite interested in Colleen’s trip to Cambodia. 🙂

  24. Linda Finn says:

    Would love to win Safe in His Arms, her books would be new to me. I love finding new authors to read that share our faith.
    Linda Finn

    6378 Westbury Red Creek Rd
    Red Creek New York 13143

  25. Colleen’s books were some that I started reading when my kids left the house. Love her style…thanks for loving US readers!

  26. Barbie Cox says:

    would love to win a book .I’m sorry to say I have not read one of her books ..YET!

  27. Cindi Altman says:

    Would love to win a copy of Colleen’s book.

  28. amyc says:

    Colleen is such a great author. I’m. A new fan!

  29. Jasmine A. says:

    I love that about the wedding dress! I have only read one of Colleen’s books but I really enjoyed it! Thanks for hosting this giveaway and all of the other Weekly Spotlight authors/giveaways!
    Jasmine A.

  30. Have not read any of Colleen’s books but always like to venture out and read something from a new author I have not encountered before. Sounds like a good story!

  31. Heather Navarro says:

    I love, LOVE, love Colleen Cobles Books. Would love to win this one.

    winterrose (at) comcast (dot) net

  32. Colleen, I always enjoy your books and know this one would be no exception. You have been very helpful to me as a fellow writer. Enjoy your trip!

  33. Susan Karsten says:

    Big fans here in our WI family. Thanks for the interview – it was interesting.

  34. Maryann says:

    Thanks for the great interview. Love the book cover. Colleen is a new author to me. I would love to read this book.

  35. claudia powell says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Amish fiction!

  36. Phyllis says:

    I just finished The Lightkeeper’s Daughter and really enjoyed the introduction to Colleen’s work. I truly want to read more!

  37. Lisa Gill says:

    I would love to win a copy of Colleen Coble’s new book.

  38. KayM says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Thank you for offering a chance to win Safe in His Arms. I’ve only read one of Colleen’s books, but I really liked it.

  39. Andrea says:

    Colleen Coble is a great author! I really enjoy reading her books. Thank you for doing a spotlight on her. I learned a little more about her!

  40. Christi Long says:

    Would love to win!! Thanks for the chance!

  41. Connie Williamson says:

    I won a couple of books by Ms. Coble and they were both great!

  42. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to be able to win this book!!!!:) Thank you for the chance to let me enter for the chance!

  43. Cynthia Fisher Adams says:

    I have some of Colleen’s other books and would love to have this one. Thank you for the great giveaway!

  44. Linda McFarland says:

    Enjoy Author Spotlight and especially Colleen Coble. I laughed about her answer to what she would & did take during a fire! Her husband’s comments were funny! Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity….Linda

  45. sharon says:

    I sure would like to win and read SAFE IN HIS ARMS. Thanks for the contest. sharon, san diego

  46. Thanks to Suzanne and Colleen for the chance to win this book. The cover is so pretty and it in itself makes me want to read the book. Please put my name in the drawing. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  47. I forgot to say i loved the interview. Colleen, you sound like a lovely lady and I too laughed about saving the wedding dress. Hope you can still wear it if it’s all you have, LOL Sounds like you have made some interesting memories.
    Maxie Andersom

  48. Andrea Williams says:

    I would love to go to New Zealand also! Looks like a great book. Please enter me! 🙂

  49. Laurel says:

    I have enjoyed the other books I’ve been able to read that Ms. Coble has written and would love the chance to read this one too! Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  50. Joy Gibson says:

    I love Christian/Amish fiction.