Monday, April 21, 2014

Welcome to Colleen Thompson

Please welcome author Colleen Thompson to Get Lost in a Story today. I’m so happy to have her with us! Her newest book The Best Victim is available now from Montlake.

RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling author Colleen Thompson writes stories that explore how love can kill, and how it can also empower us to seek healing and justice. From her fast-paced contemporary romantic thrillers to her sweeping historical romances (written under the pseudonym Gwyneth Atlee) she puts the reader in the heart of the story... when she's not busy exploring remote corners of her adopted home state of Texas, working with her rescue dogs, or speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

You don’t deserve to live.
The ugly words delivered online finally hit their mark. The younger sister of web security specialist Lauren Miller took the taunts to heart—and took her own life. Devastated, introverted Lauren has nowhere else to turn but the arms of a man who shares a similar pain…and a burning need for vengeance.
FBI agent Brent Durant is determined to unmask the Troll King, a vicious Internet stalker he suspects of preying on the weak, goading his victims into suicide. Victims like Lauren’s sister. Working off the grid as a rogue agent, Brent risks it all—even his freedom—to bait the clever killer. But when he involves Lauren in his deadly game, their unexpected chemistry complicates an already tangled web. With his dark obsession all-consuming, can there be any room in Brent’s life for the passion Lauren stirs within him?



LIZ: How often do you get lost in a story?
COLLEEN:     Almost every evening, I spend time reading, and at least several times a week, I get so lost in a story that I lose all track of time…thank goodness!
LIZ: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
COLLEEN: H.A. Rey's Curious George is the first book I can remember reading on my own. I was enthralled!

LIZ: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
COLLEEN: I just started Kendra Elliot's Buried. Next up: Allison Brennan's Notorious, Melinda Leigh's She Can Hide, Harlan Coben's Missing You, and Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet…unless I'm hijacked by another story, anyway!

LIZ: What one thing about your hero drives his heroine crazy? And what one thing about your heroine drives her hero nuts?
COLLEEN: The Best Victim's heroine, Lauren Miller, is introverted and obsessive to the point that you could probably classify her as having Asperger's syndrome, on the autism spectrum, but Lauren's never met anyone as obsessive as disgraced FBI agent Brent Durant, who will go to any lengths to find the Internet troll he believes responsible for driving a number of young women to take their lives. Although she shares his goal, his total focus drives her crazy.

LIZ: Name three things that are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse.
COLLEEN:  Dog treats for her fat, old rescue dachshund, Dumpling, a flash drive, and a wireless bug—because a white hat hacker never knows when an opportunity will present itself.

LIZ: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
COLLEEN:  My two rescue terriers. They're naughty as all get-out but hilarious.

LIZ: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
COLLEEN:  That's a tough call, but I'd probably say Casablanca. Every time I watch it, I love the dialogue and characters more.

LIZ: Who’s your favorite villain?
COLLEEN:  Joffrey from Game of Thrones is my pick. I've hated him from the book to the TV series, but whenever he's on-screen or on the page, I can't get enough of that sadistic little jerk.

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
COLLEEN: The heroine of my romantic suspense, The Salt Maiden, struggles with the emotional fallout of infertility after having to have an emergency hysterectomy at a young age. Although I was fortunate enough to have had one child, I went through something similar. Writing the book helped me process those emotions, just as I hope it can help others.

What's the last great romantic suspense novel you've read? Who are your go-to authors in the genre?

One commenter will win a copy (e-book or paperback) of The Best Victim. I'm happy to send it to anywhere the Book Depository mails to. See the list at

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Twitter: @coll_thompson

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LizbethSelvig said...

Welcome to GLIAS Colleen. Your books sound wonderful, and I wish you the very best with "The Best Victim." The last two RS books I read were by GLIAS's own Angi Morgan and Donnell Bell. They were pretty darn fine! Thanks again for visiting with us today!

Lily Dalton said...

Can't wait to read this one!! Love your books.

Will Graham said...

I have specialized in Cyber-Crime investigations for the past 14 years, and all I can say is this: Collen Thompson's THE BEST VICTIM scared the bejeezus out of me! You'll never look at your computer the same way again, that I promise!

lynn lorenz said...

Loved Salt Maiden and Fatel Error. This looks to be just as good!

Gay Lewis said...

Great Title. The Best Victim. Sounds good and a bit scary. I'll read it during daylight hours. Thank you for sharing a personal side with your comments about The Salt Maiden. I think books are always better when we write them from personal experience and pain.

ShanaGalen said...

This book sounds so good. I love a good romantic suspense. I don't read a lot of it, but I like JD Robb. This one is on my must-buy list.

Loretta said...

I loved the interview, Colleen, and the glimpse inside your latest release, The Best Victim. What a timely read. I'm sure it will not only hold the reader, but perhaps educate a few also:) I smiled about the dog treats:) I have a rescue cat who thinks his day has gone totally awry if there aren't at least three rounds of treats per day:) Wishing you luck with the sales, gal! Although, I'm sure this one will follow the others down the success trail:)

Colleen Thompson said...

Thank you so much for stopping by, Loretta, Shana, Gay, Lynn, Will, and Lily! I so appreciate all the kind words and good wishes! And my two terrier rescue mutts have set the bar high on standards of spoiling. It's no wonder I put a rescued dog in nearly every book!

Colleen Thompson said...

Thank you so much for the warm welcome, Lizbeth! I'm so happy to be here at Get Lost in a Story!

JackieW said...

Enjoy your books a lot.I have several go-to authors in several genres. One of my go-back-to authors is LaVeryl Spencer when I have time to reread books. But since I belong to two book clubs I have to read books I've not done before. Enjoyed your blog info today.

Colleen Thompson said...

Thank you so much, Jackie! Nice to hear from you! Lavyrle Spencer was one of the very first romance authors whose stories I feel in love with!

Kay Hudson said...

Colleen, your books have been known to keep me up nights, and that's become a rare treat. I've also been enjoying Rachel Grant's books, perhaps because I share her background in archeology.

Colleen Thompson said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kay! And for the recommendation on Rachel Grant!

bn100 said...

Haven't read any recently; depends on the book, not author

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Jessica Trapp said...

Great interview, Colleen. I loved The Best Victim. Fantastic book.

Angi Morgan said...

Hey Colleen, nice to have you on GLIAS. Great title for a book !

Colleen Thompson said...

Thanks for stopping by, bn100. Appreciate the kind words, Jessica and Angi! :)

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Hi Colleen!
Waving! But you may not remember me, we met years ago. So nice to see you again here on GLIAS!
Oooh your Salt Maiden book looks like yummy fun, one I'd love to read. I'm gonna go snap that up right now.
So glad you came to see us.

Colleen Thompson said...

Hi, Kathleen,
It's so nice to see you here! Thanks for checking out The Salt Maiden! Hope you enjoy it! :)

Donnell Ann Bell said...

Liz, you rock, Ms. RITA nominee! Thank you!

Donnell Ann Bell said...

Hi, Colleen, welcome to Get Lost in a Story. What a creepy name for a killer, the Troll King! Ha, I just proofed a novella for Lois Winston. It was awesome! Wishing you great success with The Salt Maiden.

Deeanne Gist said...

What a great interview. So many new and fun questions. The Best Victim sounds really good!

Colleen Thompson said...

Hi, Donnell. Thanks for stopping by. I love Lois Winston. Used to write with her at Dorchester. Great seeing you here, too, Deeanne! I appreciate the kind words!

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Hi Colleen - Great interview. I love the Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Romantic Suspense books. All of those authors are my favorites

yenastone at aol dot com

Colleen Thompson said...

Glad to hear it, Tammy! I've loved writing for both lines!

squiresj said...

It has been awhile since I've seen your smiling face. Nice interview. Would love to read and review. A friend of mine tried to kill herself 3 times all because of her husband. He would have an affair to get her to do what he said. Because he made her feel like she could get no one else. Well she finally is moving on thanks to my daughter and I. She has a new guy, her kids and the other guy don't even want to see his kids. So it would be great if women learn not to be a victim. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Colleen Thompson said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, squiressj! I'm so glad she's getting her life together and moving on. Suicide is a tragedy that impacts so many families, and bullying--whether it's by a spouse or anonymous online cowards--needs to be called out and stopped to help people suffering from depression find their way to the help they need. said...

Hi Colleen! Waving at your from sunny Florida. I find it so easy to get lost in your stories. Your are one of the most interesting people to say nothing of authors, I know. Loved the interview, and I'm sure I'll love the book, too.

Ane Ryan Walker

Kerrelyn Sparks said...

I'm getting The Best Victim now!! The plot and characters sound so intriguing! And with Colleen at the helm, I know I'll be in for a great ride!

Colleen Thompson said...

Thank you so much, Ane! Hope you're having a wonderful time in Florida...even if I am just a *smidge* jealous! ;)

Colleen Thompson said...

Thank you, Kerrelyn! I'm very honored! So great to touch base with you again. It's been way too long!

onorman said...

Sounds like a great book. I enjoyed the Q and A session.

Colleen Thompson said...

Thank you so much, onorman!

Colleen Thompson said...

Congratulations to drawing winner Loretta W., who has been contacted about her prize! If you didn't win this one, you can still visit my website (see the link above) to be entered in the drawing to win a new Kindle Paperwhite! Woo hoo!