1. Welcome to Christian Writer/Reader Connection, Colleen! How did you select romantic suspense as your genre?
Oh, I love suspense and mystery! I grew up on Nancy Drew and love that element in stories. And I'm also all about relationship. I love watching interactions between men and women.
2. I noticed your books moved from a contemporary timeframe to a historical period. What influenced this switch?
My early books were prairie romance. I love history, and I asked my editor about doing a historical series that incorporated my love of suspense as well. It's been fun to go back to my roots, but I will likely never do historicals exclusively. I love normal romantic suspense too much to give it up.
3) You are one of the few authors who keeps me guessing about whodunnit. Where do you get your ideas?
The ideas come from everywhere! The Rock Harbor series came from an article in a hunting magazine, of all places! I was in a doctor's office, and there was nothing there to read but several hunting magazines. I was desperate though, so I picked up one and ran across an article about search and rescue in Yellowstone. I thought it would be an interesting profession for my protagonist, and that series is one of my most popular. The Aloha Reef series came after watching a documentary about how the Navy was using dolphins to search for bombs during the first Iraqi war.
Question for Readers: When your favorite authors change genres, do you stick with them?
Question for Writers: Colleen brought up interesting professions for her protagonists. How do you decide on your characters' career paths?
Next week, we'll continue with Part II of our interview with Colleen. She has an interesting approach to research.