I am so happy to have Colleen Collins answer a few questions on the blog tour for Sleepless in Las Vegas. She is here as a stop on her blog tour hosted by Book Nerd Tours
. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Colleen. Thanks so much for taking time to answer a few questions, I think all Colleen C’s rock…ahem…well anyway…from one Colleen C. to another, much thanks!
1) Is there a character that you connected with more than any other character?
Probably Rick Levine in THE ZEN MAN because I based the character on my husband. They are two very different people in many ways, but they share some aspects. Both are Deadheads. Both have colorful personalities and careers as lawyers and private investigators. And both have worked with their girlfriends as private investigators – myself being the girlfriend who co-owned a private detective agency with my boyfriend until we eloped four years ago, that is.
2) What inspires you when developing your characters?
If it’s all right to turn your question around a little, I’d like to talk about how they will inspire me. When I’m struggling writing a story, and this can happen especially as I hit the middle of a book, what helps me get my “mojo” back is to fall in love with my characters again. I’ll dig deep into who they are, maybe practice writing them into different scenarios, re-evaluate their relationships with other characters, maybe even put them through a Q&A, or discuss them with my husband or critique partner…as I get closer to the characters, they inspire me to keep writing.
3) Many authors have different things/people that inspire them as they write their stories. What inspires you?
Deadlines? I have a novel due next week to a publisher, and you better believe I’m inspired to get it done.
I also have written nonfiction books on private investigations, and I really enjoy writing about different facets of that profession, so in that instance I’m inspired by the topic.
4) Do you have a character or a story that is tucked away that you just can’t wait to bring to life?
Yes, the next characters and storyline in the last of a four-book private-eye-romance series I’m writing for Harlequin. The first book is THE NEXT RIGHT THING, the second SLEEPLESS IN LAS VEGAS and I’m currently finishing the third HEARTS IN VEGAS.
What will be the fourth? Still contemplating that. But I do know it will be set in Las Vegas, and there’s going to be a private eye sleuthing a case or two and falling in love…
This investigation is getting very personal…
P.I.-in-training Valerie LeRoy is dying to get into the field. So when a client asks her to spy on someone, the thrill of her own case is too tempting to refuse. Instead of a cheating fiance, however, Val’s actually checking out P.I. Drake Morgan! Worse, she ends up working with the guy!
Their differing opinions on techniques, and the instant attraction, make the sparks fly. It’s almost impossible to focus on their arson investigation. As the hunt for the truth intensifies and their passion rivals the triple-digit temperature, she and Drake learn why Las Vegasis the city that never sleeps…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Colleen Collins is an award-winning author who’s written several dozen novels for Harlequin and Dorchester, including an indie-published mystery, The Zen Man and three nonfiction books, Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye, How Do Private Eyes Do That? and How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths (the latter co-authored with Shaun Kaufman).
Her books have placed first in the Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, and Top of the Peak contests, and placed in the finals for the Holt Medallion, Best Indie Books 2012, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.
After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, Colleen worked as a film production assistant, improv comic, telecommunications manager at the RAND Corporation, technical writer/editor, speech writer, and private investigator. All these experiences play into her writing.
She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Private Eye Writers of America (PWA), the Sisters in Crime.
When not sleuthing or writing, Colleen likes to spend time with her husband and their two Rottweilers and three cats
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