Interview mam Colleen Oakes

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I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Of course! I am always happy to chat with readers and those in the book world. It’s my pleasure.

Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I always knew I wanted to become a writer; I even had teachers as far back as elementary school encourage my gift for it. However, any talent needs nurturing and learning, and so I got my degree in English and Creative Writing from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. After that, it took a few years for find the courage to attempt my first novel, Elly in Bloom. After I wrote that first novel, I knew being an author was what I was meant to do.

Was it difficult _for the first book to find a publisher?
I had a unique journey to publishing, but I was very lucky that my first publisher, Sparkpress, believed in me, and took a chance on fairy tale retellings before they were a major thing.

Could you describe literature in three words?
Essential. Nourishing. Liberating.

Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I have no interest in War and Peace. I plan to never to read it, and I‘m fine with that deicison.

What’s your favorite book?
My favorite classic is Jane Eyre, and my favorite contemporary is The Poisonwood Bible.

Favorite quote?
I have many, but one I truly adore is: ‚Love the World and yourself in it. Move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the whole world is yoru natural element.“ – Audrey Niffeneggar.

EBooks or paper print?
Paper print, though I think people should read in whatever medium they read best in.

What inspires you?
True creativity. Braveness in the face of adverstity or judgement. Radical change. The pure love of a Golden Retrievers.

Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
Probably Dumbledore from Harry Potter. I have…questions for him.

What’s your worst nightmare?
I have a fear of isolation and a fear of heights. So…being stranded, alone on a mountain? At night? I wrote an entire book about it, but it’s published under a pen name.

The best decision of your life?
Taking big leaps of faith. There have been three major leaps of faith in my life that have paid off big time: selling my company to become a full-time author, adopting my child and changing colleges on a whim.

I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
Thank you! I actually have one book coming up on deck called Sister of the Chosen One from Curtis Brown Studios (probably a late Spring 2020 release), and another fairy tale retelling out on submission. I’m currently working on a tale about siblings and the terror of future technology.

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