Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com.
Savanna: Welcome to the blog, Colleen. I’m so honored to have you join us today. Congratulations on your newest release, All is Calm, All is Bright. What a beautiful cover!
Colleen: Oh gosh, it’s so hard to say. There are two novellas in there, and I love both the heroines. I think it would be Delilah in All is Bright. I really loved her in the first Hope Beach book, Tidewater Inn, and I had fun exploring her backstory. I especially love the ending. 🙂
Savanna: Who was one of your earliest supporters who encouraged your writing dream?
Colleen: Oh definitely my husband! There were many times I would have given up in the long seven years to publication, but he keep encouraging me to keep on working and facing those rejections. It’s hard in the early years when believing in yourself is so difficult. You really need someone to lift you up when you’re in the ditch.
As the CEO of ACFW, do you still recall your very first conference? Can you share with us something special you remember about that early experience?
Colleen: ACFW conferences are the highlight of my year, but my first conference (on scholarship) was a small regional one in Muncie, Indiana at Ball State. Until that time, I’d never even met another writer, and I thought I was all alone with these characters in my head. At the Midwest Writers Conference I found out I wasn’t weird. 🙂 It’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about ACFW. Community is so vital to a writer. We spend a lot of time alone, and we need to find that writing soulmate. Would you believe author Denise Hunter and I have been brainstorming and editing each other’s work for 17 years? And I’ve made many more great friends at conference every year. This year at ACFW I told everyone not to take what we have for granted. The people God brings into our lives through our writing change us forever. Diann Hunt was one of those for me. We lost her to ovarian cancer in Nov 2013 but she changed me.
Can you tell us what is one of your favorite book covers? You have so many pretty ones!
Colleen: Aren’t they awesome?! I have a great team. I love The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and also The Lightkeeper’s Ball. I would like to own that red dress on the cover!
Savanna: I know! It’s gorgeous! 🙂 If you had to pick one place from your travels to revisit, where would it be and why?
Savanna: Ah, that sounds beautiful! I would love to see that someday. 😉
Is there anything else you’d like to share? What project(s) are you currently working on?
Colleen: I’m working on Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, book 3 of the Sunset Cove series.
Savanna: That sounds great, Colleen! Thanks so much for being with us today. Happy Thanksgiving!
Colleen has graciously offered to give away one copy of All is Calm, All is Bright to one lucky winner. Enter below and the book could be yours!
Thanks for entering! Contest is open to U. S. residents only and ends December 1, 2015. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!