Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She released her debut novel, SLAMMED, in January 2012. The follow-up novel, POINT OF RETREAT, was released in February, 2012. She is currently working on a stand-alone titled FALL TOGETHER.
If Colleen's life had a theme song, it would be Paranoia in B Flat Major by The Avett Brothers.
Visit her blog at colleenhoover.com
Q. What inspires your writing?
A. Characters. I've had several books in the works over the past year, and the main thing that makes one work over the other is how I feel about the characters I'm writing about.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
A. Being able to do something I love, and it doesn't feel like work.
Q. What is the toughest part of being an author?
A. The fact that I love it too much. I sometimes sit down to write and before I know it, twelve hours have passed. When I'm in the middle of writing a book that I'm really into, I can't even sleep at night because it's all I think about. Sometimes I love my job a little too much.
Q. If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
A. Before I started writing full-time, I worked as a teacher and a Social Worker. I wasn't very satisfied with either. I think if I couldn't write anymore, I would do my best to stay within this industry since I love it so much. Maybe I would become an agent, or beg Amazon for a job.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Pure luck!
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. I would have to say Olivia in The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher. She's pretty unemotional, and so am I. I really connected with that book. But it pissed me off, too! :)
Q. What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. I'm working on one right now and the main character is a girl named Sky. She reacts to situations much in the same way I would.
Q. What is your favorite season?
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. Honestly, I was broke when I self-published those books and couldn't find a cover artist, so I used Createspace's cover tools. I would have loved to have had the means to develop covers that I loved. I'm using Okay Creations for my newest books because her work is just phenomenal.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. I had a reader telling me how much she loved my books and I was her favorite author. When she handed me her book to sign, it wasn't even my book. She thought I was Colleen Houck. It was terribly embarrassing for her, but I thought it was hilarious.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. Always. I have three different things going on right now. I get inspired by certain characters on certain days, so I can't even begin to tell you what I'll be putting out next...because I don't know what will be completed first.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. Yes. THANK YOU! Thank you for your love of reading...it's what allows me to do what I love to do.