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. (ckrumm@litfusegroup.com)

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.

Exuberant

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.

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