The Fast Five with … Colleen Hoover
By Christine Duval
Back in 2012, I noticed a buzz on the internet about a novel called Slammed by a self-published, little-known author from the great State of Texas named Colleen Hoover. She hit “publish” in January of 2012 via Kindle Direct Publishing and by May of that same year Slammed was a New York Times Bestseller. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six – count ’em, SIX!!! – New York Times Bestsellers in a few short years. A prolific writer, Colleen’s newest novel, Ugly Love, released on August 5th to rave reviews. And her next novel, Confess, due out late in February, is available for pre-order now. I fell in love with Slammed and quickly downloaded its sequel Point of Retreat, after that I devoured Hopeless … and then I started cyberstalking Colleen. She’s truly inspired me on my publishing journey over the past few years and I am thrilled she’s allowed me to interview her here because if you haven’t discovered her books yet, you simply must! ♥
1. What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever written?
I think I’d probably have to say Ugly Love. I don’t usually get emotional when I write, but Ugly Love is the first book that’s actually made me cry while I was writing it. I only cried once, and it was only a little bit, but still, for me that’s a big deal.
2. If you could collaborate with another author on a project, who would it be and why?
I honestly don’t think I ever would. There are a ton of great authors out there that I would be lucky to work with, but I just don’t think I would work well if someone else was depending on me like that. It’s hard enough for me to have deadlines with my publisher. I write much better when I’m not under too much pressure.
3. What do you like most about being an author?
I literally have my dream job. I’ve always wanted to be a published writer, I just never thought it would be possible for me.
I have to be writing a story that I care about, I have to have absolute silence, and it helps if my wi-fi is off and I have a glass of Diet Pepsi on ice.
5. What do you feel are the top three qualities one must possess to make it as an author today?
You have to be realistic; you have to understand that it’s really hard to make it in this industry. You have to write for yourself and nobody else. If you try to write what you think people want to read, people will be able to sense that your work isn’t genuine. Make sure you write the story you really want to write. And finally, you have to be thick-skinned. Not only do you need to be able to handle the constructive criticism, but you need to be able to handle the criticism that’s not so constructive too.