[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Colleen, welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Colleen Thompson] A Texas-dwelling, book-obsessed animal lover thrilled to be writing novels of romantic suspense and intrigue.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Colton Heir?
[Colleen Thompson] When Dead River Ranch’s large animal whisperer Dylan Frick learns he may be the missing Colton heir, he’s thrown into a tailspin. Unable to accept that his murdered mother could have been involved in a kidnapping, he is obsessed with disproving the theory—and blown completely off course by his attraction to the mysterious new maid, a gorgeous showstopper with deadly secrets of her own.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Colleen Thompson] As part of an overarching continuity series, The Coltons of Wyoming, The Colton Heir came to me with a set of characters and plot points I needed to cover. The challenge of it—and the fun—was in embellishing these characters, making them larger-than-life but still relatable, and in twisting the story in surprising and creative ways.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Dylan?
[Colleen Thompson] Loyal, honorable, and hardworking
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Hope had a theme song, what would it be?
[Colleen Thompson] Patti Scialfa’s "A Town Called Heartbreak"
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Dylan is never without.
[Colleen Thompson] A bandana in his pocket. After all, he is a cowboy!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Hope’s bedroom?
[Colleen Thompson] Sweatpants, elastic waistbands, and another Mafioso (Since the first one might still kill her!)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Dylan’s greatest regret?
[Colleen Thompson] Not being there to protect his mother the day she was murdered.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Colleen Thompson] Books, movies, and the beautiful, strange, and maddening world.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Colleen Thompson] Absolute silence (some days), jazz (others) and my rescue dogs curled at my feet.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Colton Heir?
[Colleen Thompson] Frequent consultations with the other authors working on the interrelated books to figure out issues related to continuity. I’m not a bit sorry, though, since they were such a great group of women. It was wonderful getting to know them!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What has changed the most in publishing since you first started your career as an author?
[Colleen Thompson] Authors have more publishing choices and, because of this, much more artistic freedom that’s not as narrowly defined by perceived marketing trends. I love that!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Colleen Thompson] Jason Mott’s The Returned was a haunting look at a world where loved ones mysteriously return from the dead—and the reactions and problems this engenders. Beautifully written, it was unforgettable.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Colleen Thompson] There are so many, it’s almost impossible to choose! From Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot to Richard Adams’ classic, Watership Down to Frank Herbert’s Dune and all things Tolkien, I cut my reader’s teeth on speculative fiction and only later discovered (thank you, Victoria Holt and LaVyrle Spencer) how much I love romance.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Colleen Thompson] My husband and I love exploring the back roads of rural Texas, where we often go to research my stories. We’re hiked Big Bend canyons, waded cypress-lined rivers, and even flown in gliders as part of our travels.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Colleen Thompson] Readers can visit me on the web at (or contact me via e-mail from) www.colleen-thompson.com. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter, @coll_thompson.
Thanks for having my here at Manga Maniac Café!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
About the author:
From the historical novels that began her writing journey (written as Gwyneth Atlee and Colleen Easton) to the riveting romantic suspense that has become her trademark, Colleen Thompson writes stories that show us that sometimes, love can kill.
In 2004, Colleen Thompson’s first romantic thriller, Fatal Error, launched Dorchester Publishing’s new line of fast-paced, steamy romantic suspense. The book was nominated for the RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense and won the Texas Gold for Best Mainstream Fiction. Other honors received by her books include a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, a Readers’ Choice Awards, nominations from the Reviewers International Organization, Top Pick, KISS awards, and a reviewers’ choice award nomination from Romantic Times Book Club Magazine, and a Perfect Ten from Romance Reviews Today.
Now residing in the Houston area with her husband and son, Colleen works with children in addition to her writing and speaking. When she’s not on deadline, she can often be found hiking with her family, playing with her pets, fiddling with her computer, or with her nose stuck in a good book.