Girls Write Out
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Denise and I are at the same crossroad. We're just about to turn in our newest book to our editors. And while the revisions when they come will be way fun, now begins a fabulous process---figuring out what to write next.

We'll get together to brainstorm something soon. This will of course mean DeBrand truffles, coffee, poking fun at Di and lots of laughter. Ahhh! We get to toss every idea onto the table, no matter how outlandish. I call dibs right now on the big comfy chair in Denise's living room by the fireplace (under the giant moosehead, and no don't ask.)

Have I mentioned I love my life? I mean, what's not to like--swilling coffee by the gallons (I buy wonderful coffee from Phoenix at a roaster called Echo Espresso--, eating chocolate, and best of all--figuring out how best to kill someone in the most fun (for me!) way.

I know I'm twisted. I accept and embrace my quirks. I was talking about the way we infuse our characters with dimensions with some other authors, and I realized WE are the same way. On the outside people think I'm so friendly, outgoing and well, sweet. I know, I know, crazy when the other side of me thinks about murder and mayhem. It's that internal conflict we all deal with.

So what's your internal conflict? Strictly for research purposes of course. But beware. You never know when it might show up in a book. . .

No names attached of course. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:39 AM  
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At 7:52 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Hey! What's with this "poke fun at Di" business?

Internal Dialogue: "Oh sure, Colleen thinks I'm a wimp just because I'm a member of the Big Honkin' Chicken Club, but I can inflict pain upon my characters with the best of them, thank you very much. Why, I make them endure hot flashes that could heat the state of Minnesota during a blizzard."

So, yes, I do have a dark side.

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You all may not know it but Di is the funniest person alive. She and Kristin have the CRAZIEST things happen to them. and when they do, Denise and I are quick to poke fun because Di gets this expression and says, "Oh!" in this small, cute little voice. It's hysterical.

So yes, we love to poke fun at you, Di! LOL

At 9:02 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

I need to see more comments to give me ideas on how to word my internal conflicts! LOL Let's see. I'm a pastor's wife, and our church reminds me of Whoopi Goldberg's in Sister Act, and I wanna' see it grow and flourish, and I know it's gonna' happen, and I'm doing my part like painting and cleaning and inviting people and... And, I sooo wanna' see my long-length fiction published. That's always an internal conflict!!

Great post, Colleen! Enjoyed it!

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

My internal conflict: I'm a fiery political observer and can debate with the best of them. ;)

I like writing stories about people who overcome and achieve their dreams.

You know, the unpopular girl who gets the quarterback, or the movie star.

I think really this is a picture of our relationship with Jesus. We are the dirty bride, sinners, and at the end of the day, we marry the King!

I love my life, too, C! Knowing you and "the girls" is a highlight. :)


At 10:40 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

My internal conflict:
Hazelnut coffee this morning or Columbian...
it's killing me.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Internal Conflict:

Accepting that I really am a writer! woohoo! And ignoring that inner liar that tells me I'm not.

But the rest of you are too sweet and fun, so I'll share a more interesting big conflict. It's whether or not to take a break and watch The View. I know, it's getting so bad, but Elisabeth needs some support!

I need Tivo, because I'm not supposed to watch The View during my best writing time. ;-)

Oh, OR post on Girls Write Out. LOL.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

LOL! I loved this post! So, internal conflict, huh? Well, let's take a look into the darkness of my mind. LOL!

Okay, I can be a pretty straight shooter. A tell-it-like-it-is person. But if I'm confronted by a rude sales clerk or waitress, I just can't be assertive. In my mind run all the things I'd LIKE to say, but in the end I avert my eyes and avoid the conflict. I just can't seem to spit out what I would like to say. I think it's because I wouldn't be able to say it nicely. LOL!

So, if I were to write a book, I think it would be fun to write a character who's problem is the opposite of mine! :-) She has all the things to say and maybe needs to filter them better! At least it would be a way to vent MY frustrations through fiction. Sort of like that movie You've Got Mail. I could really identify with Meg Ryan's character. I secretly cheered when she finally stood up to Tom Hanks in the coffee shop! You go, girl!!

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I've been away visiting bookstores for two days now (just taking a little coffee break here. ahem.) My internal conflict? Whether to move my books from the bottom shelf, where they typically are, to the top shelf...or to the bestseller table. LOL

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

MY internal conflict YOU started, Colleen Coble! I was happily writing away on my little women's fiction when YOU had to tell me what I wrote wasn't women's fiction at all. It was romantic suspense.


I don't READ suspense. I'm the QUEEN of the Big Honkin' Chicken Club, for cryin' out loud!

Sheesh. Talk about inner conflict.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jaime, go with the pure coffee like columbian every time! LOL Have you tried the hazelnut creamer? The International Flavors one? Oh my goodness, heaven!!

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Tina, I would love to have that Tivo thing! I figure when we get tired of cable and get a mini dish, I'll have it though!

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh Shauna, I love that idea for a character! Write it, girlfriend. LOL

Ane, you're not the chicken you think you are. You flirt with the darkside. LOL

Julie, there's no conflict there. Do the right thing and move your book to the top shelf! LOL

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

LOLOLOLOLOL.....hmmmm....internal conflict? Oh, no thank you. I'm SO not opening THAT door into my dark & twisty side. :)

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

My internal conflict is more like, "do I have time to walk on the treadmill and take a shower before I drive to school to pick up the kids or should I just skip the shower?" or "everyone else dresses all nasty to go to Wal*Mart, couldn't I just this once go in with my comfy slippers on?"

The clean well-dressed me usually wins.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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