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If you haven’t read Colleen Hoover, you are truly missing out! She is a great example of a self published author becoming a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. I recommend starting with the “Slammed” series or “Hopeless“.

Colleen_HooverColleen inspires me on many levels, but one gift that sets her apart, she can make me cry. As a writer you understand the challenge of delivering something emotional on paper. Communicating it from heart to brain to paper, it often loses its emotional punch and I’ve read few authors who could truly deliver the full meal deal with great characters, plot, story arc and emotion. However, Colleen does this remarkably well.

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Colleen. She had just released “Maybe Someday” and Portland was on her list for a book signing and concert, I couldn’t miss the chance. It was amazing! A true inspiration of what happens when you keep writing.

If you purchase “Maybe Someday” on Ebook there are links included that contain original music written and sung specifically for this story by top ten finalist American Idol contestant, Griffin Peterson. If you prefer paperback, you can purchase his CD separately.

Griffin Peterson

Griffin Peterson

I highly recommend reading her books even if they aren’t in your normal genre. Slammed and Hopeless are the best examples of her delivering emotion packed stories that will leave you not only wanting more, but studying her delivery.

Until Next Time…

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tears When a book causes tears to run down your cheeks due to emotional turmoil involving the main character, it’s obtained one of its goals. A good goal. A book needs to grab the reader, pull them in, and not let them go until the last page.  A well written book evokes emotions in its readers.

I just read “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover. My emotions flew all over the board. I became so angry at the main character I wanted to choke her. I cried, and I don’t mean a tear welled in my eye, I mean they streamed down my face, in more than one place in the book. And, right when I felt I couldn’t take anymore and neither could the characters, I got smacked with one more thing not going their way. I actually cussed at the author! Then, I smiled, and said “Well done Colleen Hoover, well done.” This, to me, is an excellent example of evoking emotion in your reader.  (Note: If you’re interested in reading this book, read “Slammed” first. It’s the beginning of the storyline.)

We all know there’s a lot of information concerning writing, some good, some not so good. There are blogs, articles, books on outlining, plot, characters, genres and non fiction. What surprises me, is that I haven’t seen much information on creating emotion. I believe this is an extremely important key ingredient to the recipe.

What do you think?

Until Next Time…

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