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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

There has been a lot of discussion lately (okay maybe it's always ongoing. LOL) about what Christian fiction is or should be or is lacking. When I started writing, I wanted to write entertaining stories from a Christian worldview. I didn't have grandiose plans about toenailing in Scripture but I wanted to write the kinds of stories I like to read, but ones that touched on the hope we have for eternity. I was tired of reading books that left me feeling hopeless. My main goal has always been entertainment not theology. I'll leave that to people who have that bent because it's not me.

Me, I like the thrill of suspense balanced with romance. I couldn't write one without the other and enjoy the experience. My editor, Ami McConnell (wish her happy birthday-it was yesterday) said we should love our reader. Now I always HAVE loved my readers. I feel they are my friends in every sense of the word. But to truly love you, I have to know WHY you read my books. I think I know many of the reasons: for escape, for excitement, to have your values reinforced. But I'm sure there are some things I'm missing. If you're one of my friends who run to get a new book of mine when it releases, what is it about my books that makes you eager to get the new one? WHY do you read my books? I really want to know! I want to try to deliver the reading experience you crave book after book.

Lonestar Homecoming is shipping to stores! So there's a new one for you to run out and buy. It's another Marriage of Convenience story set in the Big Bend, Texas area. I think it's my favorite yet.

And speaking of favorites. what do you think of the cover for The LIghtkeeper's Bride? I just got it and I LOVE it!!!
Colleen Coble  
posted at 6:27 AM  
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At 7:08 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Whoo-whoo! I like both covers!

I read your books for escape. I also read to see how you've crafted the story, how you've developed the characters and plots, and to see if I can guess the ending! :)

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I read your books because I know I'll get a good story, a day or two of wholesome entertainment and I also know I won't be offended or embarrassed by anything in it.
Thank you, Colleen, (and the other GWO girls) for maintaining your stance and for not allowing things to sneak into your books. I only read Christian fiction and have been upset lately by the curse words that have been sneaking into the genre. I appreciate knowing that I won't run into that in your books.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Glad you like both covers, girls. :-)

And thanks for the input!

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading your latest book. Looks amazing!

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

I like your books (the suspense ones) because they are suspenseful without being gory and I can't guess the endings. I've read so many mystery novels that generally I can figure them out, which makes reading it less fun I think.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger FugettFamily said...

Sorry I'm afraid about to post a long comment!!
You are my favorite autor by far and I am definitely one that runs out to by your book as soon as it's out... then I loan it out and have to buy a new one because people take too long to get it back to me!

It started with your Rock Harbor series, where I fell in love with the whole idea of K9 search and rescue and want to become a volunteer for it eventually. You always put so much detail into what's going on in the character's lives.

Another draw for me is the mix of romance and suspense. I was a big Frank Peretti fan for the suspense, but I missed the romance apect. I only read Christian authors ever since I tried another romance novel that left me blushing and unable to finish it. You have the perfect combination of the two!

I love your combination and that I feel like I know all the people in the story, as if they were my best friends or neighbors and I can't wait to hear what happens to them in the next book since I seem to finish them in one day no matter how much I try not to so I have more to read another day. Being a military wife that's a stay at home mom, it's tough making new friends so I can always count on my friends in your books to make me laugh, smile, and cry.

So basically I love your books for lots of reasons, I'm sorry this was so long, and thank you so much for continuing to write them!

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Aw, thanks for that! I love the picture of you in your wedding dress with your handsome husband! That's a story in itself, I bet! Where are you stationed? I was an Air Force wife. Bet you didn't know that, did you? Dave was stationed at Chanute when we were married. I loved that time!

Ruth, sounds like you read for the surprise and to engage your mind?

At 4:07 PM, Blogger FugettFamily said...

Thank you and it sure is. My husband's actually considering starting a book about us for his first branch out as an author. We're stationed at Hill AFB in Utah. How long were you in the military life?

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Only a year and a half but I loved it. :-)

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Both covers are awesome! My favorite is the first one.

The reason I read your books is because you combine suspense, mystery and a bit of romance. I was a huge fan of Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell, but after becoming a Christian those books were very graphic in language and sexual innuendos. I was not comfortable reading them any longer.

One of your books caught my eye in the library it was the 2nd book of the Rock Harbor Series, I have been hooked ever since.

I am looking forward to your historical fiction novels because that is my favorite genre.

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Jackie Smith said...

Love the covers!!! I have always loved your books because you have enough suspense, romance, inspiration to keep me so interested that I usually read the book quickly!! Can't wait for your next one! Keep up the great's wonderful to have such great authors!!!

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Lisa Faye Harman said...

I love the way you are able to draw me in and make me feel like I am a friend living in the middle of the action, a member of the community inside the book.
I run out to buy the books to find out what has been happening to my "friends".

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Cindy W. said...

I read your books to escape and to be entertained but the one thing I think I enjoy the most about your books is your believable characters. By the time I finish your books I feel like I've left friends behind. My favorite character so far has been Bree...maybe because she loves Pistachio nuts! LOL In a nutshell, no pun intended, your books make me feel good. Thank you for your wonderful stories.

Cindy Woolard

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

Your books are just what I need when I want to relax & have some "me time." They are wonderful, thrilling, God-loving stories that entertain without offending. They bring to mind the first "romance" stories my mother let my sisters and I read - they were written by Grace Livingston Hill and Emily Loring. To this day, I still find myself rereading some of my favorites by them. I thank not only you, but all of the GWO "girls" for providing us with quality books to read.

At 9:46 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I read your books because ... oh sheesh *softly blushes* ... I'm just a shameless fan. I love every one of them and all they're all the perfect balance of wickedness mixed with romance ;)

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

The cover is amazing! And i love your suspense because it keeps me guessing and each book seems better than the last.


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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.

Hannah Alexander

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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