Colleen's thirty-five novels and novellas have sold a total of about 2 million copies, and have received numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA, the Holt Medallion, the ACFW Book of the Year, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, the Booksellers Best, and the 2009 Best Books of Indiana-Fiction award.
Colleen says, “Born and raised in the Midwest (Indiana), I grew up on a farm with horses, pigs and chickens. I had plenty of adventure–from being dragged by my pony to running my brother Randy’s motorcycle through a fence. Maybe that’s why all my stories have action and adventure in them.”
The following is a May 2013 interview with Colleen.
I’ve been married to my best friend for nearly 42 years. We have 2 grown children. The light of our lives is our four-year-old granddaughter Alexa.
How did you become a novelist, and did you always want to write?
I've wanted to write since I was in first grade. I wrote my first story then. It was about a horse with twin colts. Even back then I wanted to put animals in my stories. I put my dreams on hold as I raised our children, then a little shy of my 40th birthday, my younger brother Randy was killed in a freak lightning accident. It was a wakeup call to follow my dream of writing. It took a year to write that first novel and six more years to sell it. It was a hard time but so worth it.
What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?
I love how I can write from my perspective on life—that God exists and cares about what happens to us. I love giving that hope.
I hope they love reading my stories as much as I love writing them. I hope something in those pages makes them think about their own lives as well.
What responses to your novels have affected you the most and why?
Readers have loved Bree from the Rock Harbor novels which is particularly gratifying because there is so much of me in her.
How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?
It's kept me on my knees! There are many days I am dry but God fills my well and lets me get the words down on paper.
I want to be the very best grandma to Alexa. My own grandmother was extraordinary, and I want to have that kind of impact on her. I want to show Christ’s love in my every day life too.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read! And travel as I think up new stories.
What can you tell us about your latest novels?
Rosemary Cottage is a very special story for me. I was able to delve into the painful loss of my brother as I wrote the story. It was healing and cathartic for me.
Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island….
The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She’s even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It’s always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben’s disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.
Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine’s father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can’t help being drawn to Hope Beach’s new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.
Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other…and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?
Blue Moon Promise (Under Texas Stars #1)
Rosemary Cottage ships in June, and I’m working on a new historical mystery set in 1904 titled Butterfly Palace. Isn’t that the best title? It has a bit of a gothic feel to it. It will be out in February 2014.
What would you like to say to your fans in New Zealand, and others worldwide?
I plan to visit you someday! I would SO love to see your mountains. Thank you so much for supporting me over the years.
Do you have any parting words?
Publishing is undergoing an seismic shift in how we read books, but I love the way I can connect with readers on the Internet. You can email me anytime or join the fun on Facebook. My website is colleencoble.com