Interview: Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble has had the type of writing career most of us just dream of. She has some wonderful advice about getting a first book published. Enjoy this interview.

You realized how short life really is after a personal tragedy, and turned that around to motivate you to become a writer. You are truly the example that it is never too late and writers should never give up on their dream. What kinds of things did you do to help finish and then sell your first book?

Don’t make the mistake I did. I was so determined that the first book would sell that I kept tweaking it after every rejection then sending it out again. Yes, keep sending it out but move on to the next book! You learn to write by writing. No conference, how-to book or wishing will teach you what you need to know. Only writing will teach you how to write.

You have so many awards, it boggles the mind! Your writing career (thirty-five novels and novellas) is very impressive as well. What has been the proudest moment of your writing career?

This will sound odd but I love libraries! Last year my novel Anathema won Best Books of Indiana fiction award. I got to place it in the collection in the Indiana room at the state library. What a thrill!

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

Lonestar Homecoming was a story really close to my heart. I hope readers realize it’s never too late to come to grips with what you’ve done wrong. It’s never too late to face your mistakes and reconcile with a loved one.

Right now I’m finishing the Mercy Falls series. I’m waiting for my substantive edit letters from my two editors. Love that part of the process! I’m about to plunge into another Lonestar book if I can come up with a plot! As far as goals, I would like to write a children’s book someday for my granddaughter. 🙂

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I love The Stand by Stephen King. I’ve read it at least 30 times.

Favorite authors?

Stephen King.

Book you’re currently reading?

A River in the Sky: A Novel (Amelia Peabody Mysteries) by Elizabeth Peters.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

A successful writer realizes she never arrives. She learns something new with every book and keeps trying to write better, to snare the reader faster, to develop her characters into people that are so real her readers pray for them.

Advice for other writers?

Attend at least one writers conference a year. I highly recommend the American Christian Fiction Writers conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. The networking is vital and the workshops are incredibly valuable!

Where can we learn more about you?

Visit my website at www.colleencoble.com.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Never give up! Keep working on craft and walking through doors God opens.

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