Monday, May 09, 2011

Q & A with Colleen Coble (and giveaway!)

What do I have to offer this world?

Can I really be loved for who I am on the outside and not for how others view me?

Where does my true significance come from?


In her third installment of the Mercy Falls series, The Lightkeeper's Ball, award-winning author Colleen Coble will answer these questions while leading her readers down a path of betrayal, desire and ultimate fulfillment.

The Mercy Falls series centers on a small town in California and its lighthouse. Coble uses the lighthouse as a reminder that Jesus is our lighthouse always leading us home. In her latest addition to the series, the main characters must wrestle with their desire to find fulfillment in more than their work and money while being hunted by those who are holding on to resentment and unforgiveness.

With murder, suspense and desire, readers will enjoy peeling back the layers and discovering that this is more than your average romance novel. They will be perched on the edge of their seats trying to solve a mystery while discovering that the true worth of an individual never comes from a name or accomplishments. True worth can only be found in Christ


Did you always dream of becoming a writer? Why did you choose the romance genre?

I wrote my first story in the first grade. It was about a horse that had twin colts. The teacher praised it and the writing seed was planted. I love illustrating God’s love through romance. I especially love the suspense I put into all my books as well. I have a strong streak of justice and it plays out in the suspense element.


What inspired you to write a historical series based in the early 1900’s? What would you have enjoyed about living in that time period and what would you have found the most difficult?

I happened to read an article about the Gilded Age and it mentioned how that era was so similar to today’s. I was intrigued with that, plus I wanted to choose a time period that wouldn’t be too much of a departure from my contemporary books. In that era, there were still cars and telephones!

I would have loved the simpler lifestyle. However, I would miss my jeans! How vain.

Society at the turn of the century was very preoccupied with appearances and impressing other people. How is that not so different than our society today and how can we keep from falling into that same trap?

That’s exactly right! The parallels between the two eras are astounding. I’ve been at the cancer hospital this week with a dear friend, and it was a reminder of how fragile this life is. We seek THINGS when God wants us to seek Him. We need to keep our eyes set on eternity and remember that THIS life is the real dream. When we reach heaven, we will finally start to really live.

Bitterness and unforgiveness led to the death of Olivia’s sister. Why is it so important to forgive those who have wronged us?

An unforgiving spirit hurts us much more than the person we hate. It makes us ugly and crowds out the love we want to show other people. God is love, not hate. Bitterness is the very opposite of the attitude God wants us to have.

This is the third book in your Mercy Falls series. Addie and Katie were the main characters in your first two books. Olivia was given a true gift in the friendship of Katie and Addie. What does it take to find trustworthy and loyal friends? Why do you think that we all desire to find friends like these?

You have to first be a friend. You have to be open and giving of yourself to have those kinds of friends. A true friend tells you the truth in love, and that’s an important component of the give and take of real friendship.


What do you hope that your readers will take away from reading The Lightkeeper’s Ball?

I hope the readers who feel they have to earn love will take away the realization that their true worth is that Jesus loves them and died for them. They are valuable beyond comprehension. When we can step into the role of daughters and sons, we can realize our true potential.

It's giveaway time!

I'm passing along my review copy of The Lightkeeper's Ball. Just leave a comment with your email address to let me know you're interested. You can read my review here.

Thanks to The B&B Media Group for my review copy and for the interview questions!

19 comments:

  1. I loved the interview, and as vain as it is, I would miss my jeans too. I love hearing the heart behind the story. Thanks.

    kdwoodmansee@gmail.com

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  2. I would love a chance at winning this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    msudawgtoo[at]comsouth[dot]net

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  3. Please enter me in the giveaway. Would love to read the book.

    arsmelser6[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. Loved the first book in this series, have the 2nd to read next and would like to win the review copy! Liked your review/interview with the author!

    swmclendon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. The cover of this book is gorgeous!! I can't wait to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    s(dot)bofferding(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. I too love the cover of this book! Attractive covers are usually what draw me! Thanks for the interview.

    gravesok@gmail.com

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  7. I'd love to enter this giveaway! The book looks suspensful and romantic!

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  8. I'd love to enter. I'll be hearing Colleen speak at the Minnesota N.I.C.E writers' getaway in Duluth this summer.
    muschfarm(at)yahoo(dot)come

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  9. This is just the kind of read I need at the moment.
    kr_moreau at doglover dot com

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  10. Please enter me. Thanks!
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  12. Thannk for the chance!Enter me!

    niastrong21 at gmail dot com

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  13. The plot of The Lightkeeper's Ball is intriguing, but I especially like the symbolism of the lighthouse.
    Enjoyed the interview.

    beth(at)bethvogt(dot)come

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  14. I enjoyed the interview! This book sounds great! Lovely cover!

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  15. would love to win this book to read and "pass along"
    lgm52@hotmail.com

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  16. I thought I had commented alreday! Oops!

    Colleen is one of my favorite authors, and this is a great interview/giveaway! I agree with her about living in that time period, but missing my jeans! Haha!

    I haven't had the opportunity to read this book yet, so I'd love the chance to win!

    Jordan
    lizzielaura17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I would love to read this book, it is going to be so good. I really enjoyed reading the interview. Please enter me.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  18. This sounds great.
    Good luck all!
    (not an entry)

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  19. Commenter number 3, Amy is the winner of this book. Thanks for entering everyone!

    -Joy

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