Tell us about yourself and your books.:
Hey, everyone! I'm USA Today best-selling author CM Albert, but you can call me Colleen. I write steamy contemporary romances that have a lot of heart, a little dash of humor, and a whole lot of heat. Kind of like life, I celebrate both the human side of relationships (growth, disfunction, overcoming adversity) and the physical aspects (intimacy, sexual, pushing boundaries). All of my books have a happy-ever-after, because above all else, I believe in the power nd healing ability of love.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I usually always type my books on my laptop, but for some reason, my newest unpublished book came to me fast and furious and wanted to be handwritten out. Because I started with a Scentos scented gel pen, I have since handwritten every chapter using one! This is the weirdest way I have ever written a book, but it's also been fun and very liberating.
What authors have influenced you?
Bertrice Small, Colleen Hoover, Melissa Foster, Haven Kimmel, Skye Warren, Nora Roberts, LJ Shen . . . so many!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be patient and don't give up! I didn't publish my first book until I was 42 — and I'm now a USAT best-selling author. It didn't happen over night. You have to learn the business, be humble, make connections, observe those you respect in the field, be an active reader in your genre, and STAY AT IT…even when you want to quit. I truly believe that if you have a book inside you, it will keep screaming at you until you let it out! You got this!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Your voice needs to be heard, so stay in your lane and don't compare yourself to other writers or try to be someone you're not; stay true to yourself, and your readers will find you. You will write so much more authentically when you do this, and your readers will love your books even more because of it. Nothing feels or reads as authentically as knowing and being yourself.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading an ARC of Burn by Alexandra Silva which comes out this month!
What’s your biggest weakness?
Currently, it's gluten-free pizza. It's the only thing that has gotten me through my current book deadlines.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
What's inspired me most is writing the books I'd want to read. I like books that really have a lot of personal growth and self-exploration. Some of that comes to life in my books as a character's soul searching and growth. The one thing I believe most in life is that you're only one chance from a completely new life. Sometimes we make bad choices, but we can always find redemption. I'm also a highly confident woman with sex-positive views, and so physical intimacy plays a big part of my writing.
What are you working on now?
I am currently simultaneously writing three books (I wish I was kidding!): Bet on Love and Schooled by Love, the next two stand-alone books in the Arden's Glen Romance series, and The Fire in His Touch, book two of the Love in LA Quarter. My goal is to have all three published and released this year.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I like finding new-to-me readers, so I am open to finding new promotion sites and newsletters. I also love an organic approach because I want to find TRUE, loyal readers who love my words. I've been lucky enough to build some very genuine relationships with a small handful of amazing bloggers, bookstagrammers, and fellow authors who have been the core to my promotions in addition to paid promotions. In the Indie writing community, it definitely takes a village and I am lucky to have strong friendships.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm really trying to expand my reach and audience and take my writing career to the next level, so a lot of my background work has been in learning from other authors I admire and who have had the success I'd love to see. I also want to finish my Love in LA Quartet and the ten works in progress that I have started, and branch out into audio books next year. A movie deal would be nice too, if I'm dreaming.
How well do you work under pressure?
If you ask me, I'd say I work great under pressure. If you ask my family, or my nervous system, they'd probably say, "Not so much!" One of the reasons I like being an Indie author is because I get to set my own schedule and timeline, and it can be as flexible as I need it to be with family obligations. That said, I've always been a Type A personality, and that's hard to shut off sometimes, especially when the creativity is flowing or I want to rule the world. ; )
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
It's always at the character's discretion. Faith in Love is so calming and soulful because of Celeste, Proof of Love is more snarky and jaded because of Dez, and Visions of Love is a little tentative but deeply romantic and hopeful because of Rosalie. Whereas, my multi-partner NA romance, The Stars in her Eyes, is young, fun, sharp, and HOT as all get out because of Creslyn and the three men she falls for. The characters "voice" also drives whether I write in 1st person or 3rd and I never force it for the genre, series, or expectations. It's always the characters and what they need for their voice to come alive and their hearts to be heard.
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