I’ve got the wonderful Colleen Hoover, NA rockstar, on the blog today for a short interview about her newest book, Confess! First let’s take a peek at this pretty for those who hadn’t heard of it yet:
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 10th 2015
by Atria Books
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
Interview with Colleen Hoover
Hi Colleen! Thanks so much for dropping by my little space on the web! Hopeless was the first New Adult book I ever read and I absolutely loved it! But today let’s talk about your newest release – Confess! 🙂
Let’s start with giving us a brief description of Confess using only 2 sentences.
Boy meets girl. Crap, I’m out of sentences.
What was the whole confessions part like – the book mentions they’re actual confessions you received – did you get some that will haunt you forever, and those you read as a feel-good reminder?
I honestly didn’t think many people would participate, but I was overwhelmed with how many confessions I received. And still to this day I receive one or two a day, even though the book has been finished for nine months.
My heart broke with a lot of them, but the overwhelming majority of the confessions dealt with infidelity. So I picked one or two of those out and then tried to choose ones that fit the theme of the book, or the scene they were written in.
Your characters always have the best chemistry, what’s your secret to writing such compelling romances/relationships?
I honestly don’t know. I don’t have a secret to developing characters. To me, I just have to keep writing and fleshing them out through drafts until they actually become their own individual personalities. Once I get to that point, it doesn’t feel like I’m making stuff up. It feels like I’m sitting in a room with two people over my shoulder and they’re telling me their story.
Want to be daring and share some of your (writing-themed) confessions?
I can’t write a single word of a book unless I know I have at least three solid days to lock myself up. I can’t get in the zone easily, and once I’m there I need at least 48 hours of solid writing.
I’ve been in the zone for three days. It’s Wednesday morning and I haven’t slept since I woke up Monday morning. I go on 48 hour writing binges and then crash for an entire day.
I used to drink nothing but Diet Pepsi while I wrote, but I’m trying to pick up healthier habits. Now I down a lot of water while I write and use the Diet Pepsi as rewards for finishing up chapters. I notice I work harder this way.
I have to have complete silence when I write. I go so far as to even pull batteries out of clocks and unplug refrigerators.
About the Author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
Visit Atria’s Tumblr page from 3/9 – 3/22 to enter to win and a grand prize of a signed framed print of one of the images in the book plus a signed copy of CONFESS or one of the runner up prizes of one of four signed copies of CONFESS!