What a treat I have for you today! Colleen Coble joins us with an exciting interview and a chance to win her new book, Tidewater Inn!
Please leave Colleen a comment below with your email address for a chance to win. We must have ten comments to make a contest and this is just for the Continental US only. Thanks! Now for the interview…
Colleen, thank you so much for joining me today. Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up on a small farm in northern Indiana. We had pigs, chickens and horses, and I loved it! My grandmother was a huge influence on my life, and her love for the Lord spilled over into everything she did. I went to Sunday School with her and learned about Jesus but didn’t come to know the Lord until after a bad car accident. Two boys had been drinking and lost control of their car on icy roads, and they hit us head on. Some Christians stopped to help us at the scene, and their church brought in food for several weeks. A few months later my husband and I both came to faith.
I love writing, traveling, and especially my children and granddaughter. Alexa is nearly four now, and the light of our lives!
That is an amazing story about your salvation experience! According to your bio on your website, you loved to read as a child and longed to find more evidence of God’s existence in the books you read. So you vowed to write those kinds of books. Now you’ve written over 40 books, which all started after the tragic death of your brother. You took your pain and turned it into something wonderful. What was your biggest obstacle?
Discouragement is the thing that keeps most writers from ever achieving their dream. Getting published is hard. We tend to take the rejections personally—and they aren’t personal. Many writers give up too soon, but I persevered even though I banged my head on the wall for six long years.
Writing is hard! Thank you for encouraging everyone to keep at it. What keeps you writing now?
Just plain love of writing. It’s a true blessing to get to write what I love, to be in the place where I believe God wants me to be.
Same here! You’ve felt the joy of that first contract and many contracts after that, won awards, and mentored writers who became published authors. What do you consider the greatest pleasure of your writing journey?
I’ve made terrific friends since starting my journey. Friends who have become the sisters I never had (I had only brothers.) It’s such a joy to be able to be with someone who understands the writing life and its challenges.
Where do you get ideas for your books?
They come from everywhere. Documentaries, newspaper articles, snippets of conversation I overhear!
What are your favorite themes to write about?
I love writing about how much a forgiving heart brings to our lives.
What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
I’m always on deadline so I work pretty much all day. I sit in front of the computer until my work quota for the day is done (usually 2000 words) and I’m also tending to business from my publishing house or from American Christian Fiction Writers.
I just read that Colleen wrote a 20,000 word novel in five days with only seven days notice!!!!
Colleen, share something about your day-to-day life that might help readers feel as though they know you a little better.
I recently adopted a paleo lifestyle and my health has never been better. Grains are inflammatory and my labs improved immensely when I cut out all grains. I’m a bit of a zealot about it! 🙂
I’ll have to do some research on that! Tell us three things about you that would surprise your readers.
I’m a health nut, and I know more about bioidentical hormones than most doctors.
I used to be a color consultant and still notice when people are wearing the correct coloring for their skin.
I have restored an old house myself and know a ton about the process. 🙂
Colleen, I know a lot about bioidentical hormones, too! They are my best friend. 🙂 And I am an AUTUMN. It changed my life when I found out I couldn’t wear pink, purple, or white! Okay, tell us if you have a favorite scripture? If so, why is it your favorite?
Yes, Romans 8:28. God has proven that he has my best interests at heart over and over again.
Amen! What is your number one spiritual gift?
The gift of encouragement.
Tidewater Inn is about Libby, an architectural preservationist. She’s about to embark on a new project when she discovers everything she’s been told about her father has been lies. He’s left her a beautiful old inn in the Outer Banks, and he didn’t abandon her as she thought. She’s talking to her partner and friend about the inheritance on a harbor cam (camera). Two men in a boat come into view and kidnap Nicole while Libby is watching from hundreds of miles away. Libby rushes to Hope Beach to try to find her friend. There’s a hunky Coast Guard swimmer who helps Libby get to the truth, and favorite characters Bree and her search dog Samson, appear to help find Nicole.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
I got the idea for Tidewater Inn on vacation. I was standing in a harbor in St. Croix about to board a boat to snorkel at Buck Island. My husband pointed out a harbor cam. I called my parents and told them where to go on the computer so they could see us. While I waved to them on the cam, I suddenly wondered how they would react if something happened to me right in front of them while they were thousands of miles away and unable to do anything about it. 🙂
Very interesting! Is there a scene in your book that came from a real-life happening?
I have Libby doing one of my favorite restoration techniques—stripping paint with a heat gun. 🙂
Close us out by telling us the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
The most embarrassing thing was really embarrassing! I was at church and my skirt got caught in the top of my pantyhose. I heard some teenage girls giggling but none of them told me about it. I went into the sanctuary, and moments later, their mother rushed up to me and yanked my skirt down. I still flush when I think about it. 🙂
Okay, that IS embarrassing!
Where can fans find you or your books on the internet?
My website is www.colleencoble.com. Thanks for having me!
Thank you for joining us!
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