Girls Write Out
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I am going to write a children's story for my Punky. She'll be the main character in the story. I'm so excited about it! Thomas Nelson also would like me to write a middle grade series that ties in with one of my existing stories. So I got to thinking about my series. Here are a couple of options and I'd like your opinion.

My Rock Harbor series has Naomi and her family in it. Donovan had two children when they got married. Timmy and Emily. Emily is about the right age now for a middle grade book and she could have a mystery adventure series with Naomi's search dog Charley.

The other series possibility would be the Mercy Falls series. The first book has Brigitte and Doria in it. I'd thought about having them go into service at one of the Great Camps in the Adirondacks. Their mother had tuberculosis in that book.

So what do you think about all the possibilities? I'd love your opinion!

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Colleen Coble  
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At 11:24 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Definitely Rock Harbor! ;) I think kids would love the setting.

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger Ginger said...

I'm not sure what constitutes Middle Grade, but my girls (11, 13) would like to read about the Rock Harbor children and a dog.

Ginger

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Emily said...

I would choose the Rock Harbor definitely!

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Canter Family said...

My kids would love Charley and the Rock Harbor Setting, especially since he is a smart dog. There is so much you could do with that!

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I told Jen my readers would likely say Rock Harbor. LOL

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger freddikb said...

I personally enjoy the Mercy Falls series, and would be interested in a new series set "within" it(even though its for younger, and Im no longer younger :) ), however, thnking of my young grade school friends, they would probably like th Rock Harbor setting. But then again, they may surprise you, as chilren somtimes do!

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger freddikb said...

*Sorry about some of the missing letters in my words above, my keyboard sticks sometimes and the letters dont come up

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger livinglifenc said...

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At 12:08 PM, Blogger livinglifenc said...

I like the idea for the Rock Harbor series. (this is Doreen Lamb)

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Sign Lady said...

Kids (of all ages) need to learn history! There's already a lot of kid's books about dogs - not very many about history. Especially with a lot of adventure like you are so good at writing. The Mercy Falls series has a dog too - or add more dogs. Make kids think about not having a cell phone, Wii, easy transportation, letter writing (no texting) etc...

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Without a doubt, you must go with Mercy Falls. You could call it The Lightkeeper's Ghost or The Lightkeeper's Goo. I would suggest The Lightkeeper's Toad but kids don't seem to play with the stuff I did at that age.

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Rockin' Ruby said...

I definitely agree with the Rock Harbor series. i work with a lot of kids (im a bible study teacher and more often than not, a confidant to many middle grade kids), and they're always asking me what i'm reading. i usually tell them the story in a more simplified way and they always seem intrigued to know more. theyve asked me to buy them books a few times and i definitely think this series would be perfect!

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger jel said...

Yup, Rock Harbor ! :)

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Rock Harbor Series for sure! Love that series. jennydtipton@gmail.com

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Cindy W. said...

Oh Colleen. Definitely a series stemming from the Rock Harbor series. I'm partial to the Rock Harbor series though as "Without a Trace" was my introduction to your work. :)

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Cindy W. said...

Cute picture of Punky and Dave.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

isn't that a cute pic, Cindy? I love it. :)

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Shannon Dittemore said...

Rock Harbor was my introduction to you and your writing, Colleen. So, I'd love to see a mg story set there. AND I love Charley!

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Pepper said...

Sounds fun, Colleen.

I think both book series would be good - but I tend toward encouraging the historical :-)

I love writing for kids, but all my tend toward the 'fantasy' side :-)

 
At 12:31 AM, Blogger WK said...

I like the Rock Harbor idea. I think that would work best. But as a parent of a child who struggles with reading but sooo loves it, he is most into books that are realistic, so a series that "could" happen, has adventure and he learns something........oh and if it somehow has history....he's all in. One of the few kids I know of that as a 3rd grader the librarian knows he loves anything about WWII, or history...... so I'd say Rock Harbor, but who is your target audience?
hugs,
WendyK

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

I vote for Rock Harbor. I don't read many historicals but I also like the idea of the girl and boy with their dog. Any reason why you can't do both? :-)

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger Pamela S. Meyers said...

Definately Rock Harbor, Colleen. I can't believe what a big girl Punky is. Wasn't it just last year she was born? Time goes by way too fast.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger MzFricke said...

Awesome Idea! Keep the books-a-coming! :)

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger HollyMag said...

I'm with what looks like the major, Rock Harbor!!! You know how much I love that series! Of course you could have some fun with the backdrop of Hawaii. If I remember correctly in book 1 Jesse Matthews had a little girl. (It's been so long since I read it)
Whatever you decide I know you'll do a great job.

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger Billie said...

Rock Harbor!! Wish that series alone could have a few more books. LOVED it!

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger Billie said...

Rock Harbor!

 
At 11:13 AM, OpenID mamadoveonabox said...

Mercy Falls would be my first choice, but then i wonder what would happen if... Your the writer and I am just excited I Have a 4 and 6 yr old. So this is great books for me , books for them! God will lead you, he has done so well in the past. Have fun with this new project!!

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Rock Harbor, Colleen. Sorry this is so late. You were so in your element with that series, even though I love historicals, too.

 

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