Interview with Colleen Coble & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Colleen Coble & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word


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


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!

Interview with Colleen Coble & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordWhich character from your newest release are you most excited for readers to meet and why?

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.

Interview with Colleen Coble & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  That’s awesome! And so true. Husbands are the best! 😉

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.

Interview with Colleen Coble & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Diann. Wish I’d had the chance to meet her. Thanks for sharing that, Colleen.

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?

Interview with Colleen Coble & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordColleen:  Maine! I adore the rugged coastline and the scent of the sea. And all the lighthouses. 🙂

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! ;)

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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!

48 comments on “Interview with Colleen Coble & GIVEAWAY
  1. Sonnetta Jones says:

    I loved the Inn at Ocean’s Edge. It was the first book I read from you. I went out and bought 2 other series for my Nook.

    Apart from family and friends and spending time with them I am looking forward to the day off and the stuffings with cranberries.

    Have you heard of Iwas introduced to so many author because of them. Authors supply us with free books and we read and review. It has opened my eyes to read some fictions and non fiction that I probably would not have noticed.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Sonnetta! So glad you could join us during this busy week. 😉 I haven’t heard of before. Thanks for mentioning it. I’ll have to check it out. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Ola Norman says:

    Thankful for great writers.

  3. Annie JC says:

    Love the covers too! Thanks for a lovely interview and giveaway. I am looking forward to seeing my whole family for Thanksgiving! A blessing indeed! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  4. Joan Arning says:

    I love Colleen’s books! I agree Maine is beautiful!

  5. Melanie Backus says:

    Great lady, great writer, great books! Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Thanksgiving!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  6. Lori P says:

    Thank you for sharing! Hope everyone has an awesome and happy Thanksgiving!

    jlipayer (at) charter (dot) net

  7. Caryl Kane says:

    Wonderful interview with Colleen! I love the covers, so pretty and captivating. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  8. Laurie Bergh says:

    I am so thankful that I have always been able to read very well even as a child. Reading has taught me so much about everything.

  9. I have to work Thursday and Friday so I am looking forward to Saturday.

  10. kim amundsen says:

    Nice interview.

  11. Bonnie Moore says:

    Enjoyed reading your interview. Looking forward to reading your latest book.

  12. Beth says:

    I am so excited about spending Thanksgiving day with my hubby and kids! We are going to have so much fun cooking, eating, watching the parade and dog show!
    Congratulations on the new release and thank you ladies for the giveaway!

  13. Pam K. says:

    I’m thankful I have a close family, especially since we lost our mom suddenly Sunday. This will be a very different holiday season. She and Dad raised us right, and we all have faith we will see her again.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Oh, Pam, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. So blessed to read how she and your dad raised you in truth. May God hold you closely this week and always. Sending you a big hug!!

  14. Edward Arrington says:

    We are getting together with our kids and grandkids this evening and then with my extended family on Saturday. I’m looking forward to a quiet peaceful day tomorrow. I hope to settle back with a good book to read. Winning one of Colleen’s books to read later would be great!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Edward! That all sounds so nice and relaxing. Hope you and your wife enjoy this week with your family and lots of quiet time together. It’s always nice to have you visit. Good luck in the giveaway!

  15. Heather Olsen says:

    I am most looking forward to time together with family and friends . . . sharing our thanks, eating, playing games, and talking.

  16. Barbara Fox says:

    I love Colleen’s books. She’s had a few that I don’t read late at night when I’m alone (I save them for daytime) but that just shows how good she is with suspense. I haven’t read one of her books that I didn’t love. Thanks for interviewing Coleen Coble

  17. Brenda Arrington says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you and yours enjoy the day. Thanks for the giveaway. Enjoyed the interview.

  18. Colleen Coble says:

    Thanks for the fun interview, Savanna! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I had our granddaughter (7) here to help me bake so it was super fun!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Colleen! Thank you so much for swinging by in the middle of this busy week. 🙂 Baking with your granddaughter sounds like such fun! My family had a great day yesterday too, full of lots of hugs and kisses from my 1 1/2 year old niece. Just perfect! 😉 Thanks again for being my guest this week.

  19. Kelli Jo Calvert says:

    I’ve been reading Colleen for YEARS!! Love all her books! Thanks for not giving up, Colleen!!!

  20. Stephanie Snyder says:

    I love Colleen Coble’s books!

  21. Alison Boss says:

    I enjoy reading Colleen Coble’s books. On Thanksgiving I so enjoy a day of rest & relaxation with family, eating, & watching our traditional Thanksgiving movie “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”. It is an AWESOME movie!!! Thanks for the wonderful interview & the opportunity of this giveaway

  22. Terrill Rosado says:

    I enjoy these Christmas themed novella’s from Colleen Coble. I have the Silent Night/Holy Night duo, because I have all of the Aloha Reef books. Although Silent Night is a novella for the Rock Harbor Series which I haven’t read. All is Calm, All is Bright would be a wonderful book to have, because I love the Lone Star books.

  23. Connie Saunders says:

    I love Christmas stories and this sounds like a great read. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  24. Lisa Murray says:

    I love to read any of your books!!! Would love to win it!!

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