Ugly Love: An Interview with Bestselling Author and TATE Fan Colleen Hoover

Colleen HooverEd. Note: We recently stumbled across an interview with New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, in which she mentioned that her new novel, Ugly Love, was inspired by the music of The Airborne Toxic Event. Naturally, this piqued our interest. Earlier this week, we had a chance to connect with Colleen to hear more about the book, her TATE fandom, and how the band influenced her latest work.

Colleen is generously giving away a signed copy of Ugly Love to one lucky reader. (Update: the prize has been won by Anna Shaw. Congrats!)

For those who aren’t familiar with your work, tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing career thus far.

I’ve been writing for a little less than three years now.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I married young and had three kids while in college, and writing couldn’t really pay our bills. Because of this, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2005. I was working for the state of Texas as a social worker and my husband was a full-time truck driver.  We were living in a mobile home with our three kids and living paycheck to paycheck, but we were happy.  I began writing my first “story” in late 2011 for fun, and self-published it to Amazon in January, 2012. I never tried to get it published because I didn’t think anyone would care to read it. I also didn’t think it was good enough to ever be considered a “novel.”  I mostly wrote the story for friends and family, but word of mouth began to spread and within five months of the book being on Amazon, it became a New York Times bestseller.  Since then, I’ve signed with Simon & Schuster, and have completed six more novels, all of which have been bestsellers on the New York Times.  It has, without a doubt, been an insane two years and I’m just trying to keep up.

What can you tell us about your writing style, and themes you tackle in your work?

I’m a very ADD reader, which means I’m not a very good reader.  I get bored easily and tend to skip over detailed descriptions and entire chapters.  I write the same way that I read, so I have to keep my books fast-paced and interesting with a lot of dialogue or I’d never finish writing them.  I’d get way too bored.  I don’t think of myself as an author and I definitely don’t consider my books literature.  I don’t write to educate or inform, I simply write to entertain.

I do, however, love to play devil’s advocate with my stories.  I like to take controversial themes and throw them into my book so that when people read them, they are seeing things from a different perspective.  I mean, we all know student-teacher relationships are wrong, but in one of my books, I write it in a way that you can’t help but root for the couple.

Without giving anything away of course, can you give us an overview of Ugly Love? What’s it all about?

Ugly Love is about a guy named Miles and a girl named Tate who become neighbors.  Miles is really brooding and intense and quiet.  The type of guy Tate is drawn to.  They enter into a “friends with benefits” type of relationship, only they weren’t really friends to begin with.  Miles tells Tate he only has two rules for their arrangement:

Don’t ask about his past and never expect a future.

Well…that gets a little difficult and the rest of the story builds from there.

It’s not your typical, “Guy and girl have a sexual relationship and end up falling in love” story.  It’s essentially two stories in one, and one of the stories will break your heart while the other will hopefully put it back together again.

You mentioned in another interview that your inspiration for Miles came when you were listening to The Airborne Toxic Event. Were there any songs in particular that inspired the book or Miles’ character? If so, which one(s)? How is TATE’s influence seen in the book, aside from the obvious use of the name Tate for your lead character, and of Mikel as Miles’ middle name?

I was listening to “The Fifth Day” while driving and got the idea for Miles’s character.  His personality fits that song perfectly.  Once I began focusing on his character, I built the rest of the story around that.

Tate’s character wasn’t necessarily inspired by anything other than Miles’s character.  I wanted him to find someone who would challenge him. The feel for the book, however, was inspired by the song, “Sometime Around Midnight.”  That’s one of my favorite TATE songs, because it has all the feels.  Angst, Love, Heartbreak, Agony.  I wanted the book to produce those same reactions in the reader.

Do you see parallels between your own writings on love, loss and dark subjects (like in your book Hopeless) and similar themes in Airborne’s songs?

I believe music in itself is a parallel to books.  Especially TATE’s music.  The lyrics they write are unlike any other lyrics I’ve ever read, and it almost feels as if each song tells a story.  I think one of the parallels I’ve noticed between their lyrics and my novels is that, despite the fact that my novels are romance novels, they are also books about life. About real issues and real people.  Books about death and heartache and loss. It’s so much more than “just” a romance, and I feel this with their music.  They have songs that revolve around life and death and issues that have nothing to do with romance.  One of my favorites is “All At Once.”  I remember a few months ago the song came on during a drive with my mother.  I didn’t even notice she was paying attention to it, but once the song ended, she took her glasses off and began wiping her eyes.  She said, “That’s a powerful song.”

And she’s right.  It’s a powerful song and I only hope that I can get across a fraction of those feelings when I write my books.

In your previous books there were several references to the Avett Brothers. Is there any reason you chose not to directly mention TATE in this one?

When I first wrote Slammed, I honestly didn’t think anyone would read it.  I decided to add lyrics to the book from The Avett Brothers, because one of their lines, “Decide what to be and go be it,” is actually what inspired me to start writing.  I was so grateful for those lyrics that I thought it would be a good way to thank them by hopefully introducing a few of my friends to their music through adding the lyrics to the book.  I never imagined so many people would read the book.  That’s a wonderful thing, but I also have this fear in the back of my head that maybe The Avett Brothers assume I used their lyrics for personal gain, to piggy back off their fan-base.  I know that’s preposterous, because those guys are awesome and would never think that (hopefully), but it’s still always a nagging fear.  Because of this, it has changed my experience with their music.  They are and will always be one of my favorite bands, but I get really self-conscious when I talk about them publicly because of those random fears.

I love TATE to the moon and back and was afraid the same thing would happen if I were to include them or their lyrics with Ugly Love.  In a sense, it’s almost very selfish of me, because I just don’t want my experience with their music to be affected in any way.  I thought it would be neat to put a few hidden gems into the book and see if the true TATE fans would recognize them.  Kind of like a little, “Hey!  I’m a fan, too!” kind of thing, rather than an in-your-face, “I LOVE THIS BAND EVERYONE NEEDS TO LOVE THEM TOO OMG” kind of thing.

I don’t know if any of that makes sense.

Do you consider yourself a big Airborne fan? If so, how long have you followed the band and how did you discover them?

The first song I heard by them was “Changing.”  A friend had posted it on Facebook and wasn’t even talking about the band or the song when she posted it, just about the message she received when someone sent her the song.  I clicked on the song and absolutely loved it, and then clicked on the next and the next and the next.  You know how it goes.  By the end of the hour, I had downloaded every single song they had on iTunes and I haven’t stopped listening to them since.

Have you seen the band live? If so, do you have any special concert memories?

I saw them in Chicago last year and it was the BEST night of my life.  I’m very weird when it comes to meeting celebrities.  I’m the type of person who would rather never meet them, because I’m very awkward in person.  However, the two girls I was with at the concert wanted to stay afterward and hopefully catch them walking to the bus. We hung around for a while and after six Margaritas (I never drink, so I was smashed) one of the crew members handed me a setlist when he walked by me.  I screamed (I’m not a screamer) and couldn’t believe how excited I was.  I just don’t get very outwardly excited, but the second I got that setlist I wanted nothing more than to get a picture with Mikel.  Well, he walked out and began taking pics with the crowd.  We were off to the side and several of his friends were waiting for him across the street.  He told everyone he needed to go and began walking away and my friend yelled, “She flew all the way from Texas to get a picture with you!” So he stopped and turned around and took this pic with us.  I’m on the right.

Mikel Jollett with Colleen Hoover

Best moment of my life.

Finally, as you probably know, The Airborne Toxic Event drew their name from Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise. Have you read it, and if so, what did you think of it?

I actually have not read the novel, but know of the connection.  I love that their band name was inspired by a novel.  I watched an interview with them recently in which the reporter stated Mikel started out writing a book, which turned into writing lyrics somehow.  I find that fascinating, because it’s further proof that art can inspire art.  My writing career was inspired by music and Mikel’s music career was inspired by writing.

One of the things I love to do in my novels is incorporate some form of art into books.  In my first novel, the main character is a slam poet and performs on stage.  It was a challenge to capture the feel of performance poetry through written word, but I had so much fun doing it, that it inspired my novel Maybe Someday.  The characters in Maybe Someday are musicians, and I teamed up with musician Griffin Peterson to create an original soundtrack to accompany the book.  All the songs on the soundtrack were “created” by the characters during scenes in the book.

With Ugly Love, I took a bit of liberty with all the chapters from Miles’s point of view.  They aren’t written in a typical fashion.  I use different fonts and word placement, centering down the page to give more of a visual impact when he experiences different emotions.

With my newest novel, Confess, I’ve teamed up with an artist in London who is creating all the pieces of art that the “character” paints in the book.

I love to bridge the gap between reading and other forms of art.  Maybe that’s what drew me to TATE’S music in the beginning.  They do the same with their music.  If you pay close attention, especially in songs such as “Sometime Around Midnight,” it’s more than just music and lyrics.  The song begins like a soft opening introduction to a story, and then the music builds and builds throughout the song, creating a suspenseful feel before reaching the “climax” and then easing us into “the end.”

It’s almost as if the songs are books themselves.  Maybe that’s why I love them all so much.

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Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere and author of Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.

413 Comments on Ugly Love: An Interview with Bestselling Author and TATE Fan Colleen Hoover

  1. 2 of my most favorite things = music and reading. I love it when an author mentions one of my favorite bands or songs in their books. This is a no-brainer for me – I’m Amazon bound ready to “one-click” away!

  2. As a TATE fan and Colleen Hoover fan, I love how much she correlates writing about life and love and how music plays such a huge role in it. Everyone can relate to a certain song. We hear that one special song, whether it be from TATE or someone else, we are automatically drawn back to a moment or time in our lives where that song speaks to us and forces us to remember. Sometimes it’s a heartbreak, sometimes it’s a good memory, but we all have that one song that takes us back. Colleen has an wonderful way in helping us not forget how special music is in our lives. The good and the ugly.

  3. Such a fantastic interview! Loved reading her discussion about the influence of art to other art. As a person with very little artistic ability, I have a deep respect for those who can create such beautiful art through words and music. I’ve loved all her past books and cannot wait to read Ugly Love.

  4. Thank you so much for this. I can’t wait to read all of Colleens books! I love that music inspires her writing. Music inspires me and my life every day.

  5. Great interview. You are amazing Colleen Hoover! Your books are so amazing!

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  6. I LOVE that your last two books have had songs associated with them. For me, I usually have a playlist running through my head when I am reading a new book…that way it can sort of play out like a movie in my mind. It was really cool to experience that with music written for the books. Keep on rockin on lady!! <3

  7. I absolutely adored reading Ugly Love and it’s definitely one of my top reads of 2014. I still have a book hangover and I finished it just under a week ago!

    I would love to win a copy signed by Colleen!

  8. I love the connection between your books and music! Loved maybe someday soundtrack and Ugly love song by griffin peterson!♡

  9. I might be a little obsessed with Colleen Hoover books! All of them….they pull out emotion and feelings and I LOVE it when a book can do that. Whenever I read her books it’s like I am living another life for a little while. I escape from reality and experience another life. LOVE IT!

  10. Colleen I love u, a great writer! I loved Meaby someday and now Ugly love. Blessings and a lot of success.

  11. Reading Ugly Love right now and have read 4 other of Colleen Hoover’s books. I love how she incorporates music and other art forms into her writing. She claims she only writes to entertain, but the depth in her novels really makes the reader think!!! So she’s doing a lot more than entertaining!!! 🙂 Great interview!

  12. OMG! Ugly love and Maybe someday are my fav books and it’s amazing that we get the chance to know Colleen better!

  13. It’s not a genre I typically read but I’ll check this one out. Congratulations to Colleen on her success .

  14. Awesome Interview ! Lucky to be able to pick Colleen’s brain for a bit. I enjoyed Ugly Love and I look forward to more from Colleen

  15. Sheeks, less than three years in the writing field and she has produced eight bestselling novels! This author is truly one of my inspirations, and hopefully, someday I get to meet her. <3

  16. I’m definitely an ADD reader too! I’ve never actually completed a 3 book series because I don’t want to be stuck in 1 world for that long. When I am interested in reading the second book in a trilogy, I usually can’t remember what happened in the first book, but don’t want to re-read it. #readerproblems

  17. Ugly Love is one of Colleen Hoover’s bests. I don’t know how she write these novels but she really hits my heart, all the time. I feel every pain and every emotion her story conveys. She’s just awesome!!!

  18. I absolutely loved this book. The characters of Tate and Miles were completely well written and they caught my attention from the beginning. I read the book in one day I just couldn’t put it down. I look forward to Colleens next release 🙂

  19. ” It’s essentially two stories in one, and one of the stories will break your heart while the other will hopefully put it back together again. ” This is exactly what it did. The whole book hinted to something devastating, and it was. However, the end was amazing! I cried happy and sad tears, and I read it in one sitting.

    She’s right. She writes it to keep you hooked! Love her books!

  20. amazing interview! it is good to know the person behind the author. I love it when she puts art in her books. it’s like discovering a new world and it makes you connect more with the characters. it is funny that she feels weird with celebrities. I would feel starstruck if I could meet her.

  21. Thanks for the chance! I too am an ADD reader, so it’s interesting to see how you incorporate that in your writing.

  22. I love music and I love reading, so I’m in awe when authors are able to combine the two. I am a new fan and I’m looking forward to reading Ugly Love. Congrats Colleen!

  23. I loved that you screamed when getting the set list! Nice to know even “famous” people have fan girl moments.

  24. You are so lucky to have seen ATE in concert! I agree with their songs. Books are always extra special to me if they have a playlist with them. So many times I can hear songs that go with my life too – 😉

  25. I think my favorite thing about her books is how she does incorporate art into them. I remember losing it when I found out that the songs from Maybe Someday were real and listened to them ad nauseum for weeks. Can’t wait for the next book!

  26. I’ve seen a lot about this book, I mean, it’s everywhere! Of course I’d love to read it, just for the fact that there’s a song about the book and that it could be the best book I’ve ever read, well, makes me want to read it even more. I hope I can read it soon 🙂

  27. I can’t wait to read this book! You are by far one of my favorite authors! Would love to have the privilege of having a signed copy of Ugly Love!!!

  28. The real question is why wouldn’t I want a copy of Ugly Love that is also SIGNED? I have a Kindle copy but would love a physical copy to love and hold! Thanks for the giveaway (:

  29. I have been patiently waiting on my copy of Ugly Love to arrive from TrinDee (I am so happy they opened that up to people who could not attend!!!), thank you for the interview because it will have to tide me over until it gets here!!!

  30. I LOVE that you are a social worker – so am I and it makes you a superhero in my eyes! And now I am intrigued by this band, so I can’t wait to check out some of their songs as well. Thanks for deciding to be a writer on top of being a social worker. It’s always been a closet dream of mine to write, so maybe one day I’ll just try it! You rock!

  31. Congrats on your new release. After Hopeless I read every single book of yours and haven’t strayed from being a CoHort since. I’m looking forward to reading Ugly Love!

  32. Great interview! I love how Colleen writes, it’s all so fast paced and interesting! Read UL yesterday and I have the biggest book hangover now :’)

  33. I’ve read all eight books and loved each and every one (Slammed is probably my favorite). That said, I would love a signed copy of any of Colleen’s books, of course! Great interview! Colleen seems so fun and just a regular gal, like the rest of us (except for that whole bestselling author thing lol). Thanks.

  34. Colleen , I love the fact that you make music and art such a big part if your books, most people don’t take the time to realize that music and such help express so much we wish we could say or do and sometimes even feel ! Writing about real life, everyday things also hits home because life is no where near perfect and that’s where I connect to books like yours ! Life is about love , loss , life and death and everything messy and beautiful in between ! Please don’t ever stop writing it’s your passion and you are damn good at it ! Thank you for making me connect to characters in your books when I wasn’t not able to connect with people in my life !

  35. I LOVE how colleen combines other artists with her projects. Maybe Someday is my favorite book because of the music connected to it. I can’t wait to see the art work in confess.

  36. I absolutely love that Colleen is intertwining various forms of art together. Her writing and her talent for crafting her words is an art in itself and combined with music, poetry, painting it creates a brand new and unique experience for her readers!

    So so excited for Confess and anything else she comes up with!! ♥

  37. I love all of your books!! I’m a little ADD with reading as well but it’s my most favorite past time! I have many ideas that swim around in my head and you’ve inspired me to start jotting them down on paper atleast. Maybe one day I can put the pieces together and call it a book 🙂 Thanks Colleen for all of your books and keep them coming! I’ll always be a fan!

  38. This is unbelievable and the interview only makes me love Colleen Hoover more. Also, poetry, Music – now painting! I feel like an idiot, but I never realized how much she incorporated art into her works. I’m stupidly in love with her writing, and I’m one of her biggest fans. Wishing her all the best in her career and future works (of art). <3 ~K

  39. Great interview! I love colleen Hoover! Ugly Love was amazing and of course I downloaded the song from iTunes! I would love a signed copy! Thanks for the chance!!!!!

  40. This is such a great interview!! I am such a huge fan of Colleen Hoover and everything she has written. I am really going to have to try to read Ugly Love slowly to see if I can try to catch any TATE references now. She is a sneaky one that Colleen 🙂

  41. Ok , I will admit i haven’t read your books, I’ve only recently been following you from a thumbs up from another author. . This book sounds great . I will get it , if i don’t win it I will still buy it . I have to. . Especially from all the great reviews off people . I got a feeling I’m gonna be hooked …. Good luck everyone x

  42. Great interview. I live her writing and her stories. Reading about how an author started writing is very interesting to me, it just makes the author more relateble. I can not wait to read this new book.

  43. An amazing interview!! I totally adore the way you write. The characters and story line involve me so deeply I feel a if I am a part of the story 🙂 You rock…and yes you write fast paced novels which is one of the best things coz it keeps the reader captivated and no-one can get bored at any point. Much love and appreciation 🙂

  44. I love Colleen’s books! Each and every one of them! I’d love to win a signed copy of Ugly Love ♥ I also wish I could meet her

  45. I do have to admit..I just finished my first book by you, Maybe Someday, and it completely blew me away. Your writing style is so beautiful, and I fell in love with your characters. I loved how music was so much a part of this book (not just words, but the way music physically makes you feel) and I enjoyed reading this interview about what inspires you. I just started Slammed and can’t wait to see what happens!! Thank you!!

  46. LOVE CH’s books! Haven’t read Ugly Love yet. But I can imagine the music style to go with the books, as well as others.

  47. UL is a great read. Colleen Hoover you are an amazing author. Thank God you decided to write for friends and family. Had you not, the world wouldn’t have met your amazing book characters. It’s almost as if they’re real people! Keep writing!

  48. I think it was an amazing idea to combine music and books together. I was amazed with “Someday Maybe” and was super excited when I heard the soundtrack. It’s one thing to use your imagination but to actually hear the real tune sound like us just fantastic.

    I love that you play devil’s advocate with your book themes. You pull us in so much that right and wrong no longer exist. Wet live in the moment. We share all the emotions those characters feel and we even ruth for them.

    Ugly Love was an amazing read. The love, the heartbreak, and the struggles. People go through these exact things throughout their lifetime.

    I live your books Colleen Hoover..counting the days until you new release!!!

  49. I really like that you’re very open about your personal and professional life it’s awesome to know that you have a great sense of humor.

  50. Love getting to read interviews with the authors I enjoy reading! A giveaway is the awesome icing on the cake!

  51. I am so speechless. Music is where we lost our soul and so is a book. They are great comforter, they can say what people can’t actually say, they can bring you in two or many places at once. When combined together, it’ll be a blast. I’m so looking forward to reading the Ugly Love. Congratulations, Ms. Colleen Hoover! :)))

  52. Great interview. Definitely going to make it a mission to read all your books! Go Colleen Go! #ChampionOfChampions

  53. Omg!!! What can I say… I love her!!! She is an amazing writer!!! Thank you so much for this interview and for the giveaway. I love all of her books and can’t wait to meet her next month!!! #UglyLove

  54. I LOVE your books. Your ADD reading/ writing explains why there’s never a dull moment in your stories. I’m a huge music lover as well. So definitely going to check out this band.

  55. Colleen Hoover is one of my all time favorite authors. When you read one of her books you feel like you are actually there with the characters. I can’t wait to read Ugly Love I have become a Colleen addict after reading Hopeless. Please keep up the wonderful writing and thank you for the chance to enter and receive a signed copy of Ugly Love.

  56. I listened to the songs and they are amazing! I can see the inspiration! Oh and by the way….you are the best!

  57. Colleen Hoover you’re amazing !!! The first book I read was hopeless age get that I was hopeless , i kept reading your books and it’s even a truly wonderful experience , you’ve made me see things differently and you’ve introduced new music , I love how you mix your story with music that’s is by far my favorite thing , keep up the good work can’t wait to see what you bring write next fellow #cohort

  58. I STRONGLY AGREE THAT “music in itself is a parallel to books”. Songs tell a story and so many songs stick with you because they somehow relate to a moment or moments in your life. Since reading “Ugly Love” there have been songs that play that make me immediately think of Miles and Tate. I Also love the soundtrack to “Maybe Someday”.
    IMPATIENTLY WAITING FOR MORE FROM COHO.

  59. Great interview! I love it when an author shares the musical inspiration behind their work and am often introduced to new music by doing so. My favourite part of this interview was the parallel behind Colleen being inspired by music and TATE being inspired by literature. Art in all forms, isn’t it great? I also love hearing of your humble beginnings Colleen and how even a NY best selling author has ‘fangirl’ moments too:)

  60. Great interview! I love learning all the things that make a book come to life for the author!! Thanks for chance!

  61. I had actually stopped reading for leisure after college. The problem was many books did not keep my interest long enough to finish them. After many years, I decided to pick up reading again & the 1st book I read was Slammed. Colleen’s writing drew me in & kept my interest throughout the entire story. After that, I read Point of Retreat. I have not stopped reading since. Colleen, I love your books and hope you don’t stop writing anytime soon!

  62. Now I have to check out this band. You have never failed me when it comes to recommendation so I know that I will love them. Thank you Colleen for the words you write and for the opportunity to see you with Abbi and Jamie… the three are you are fun to watch during interviews.

  63. I’m a new fan of Coleen Hoover. I am an ADD reader also and love that her books move fast with lots of dialogue!

  64. I, for one, am super glad that she mentioned The Avett Brothers in Slammed. I had never heard of them before. That book was so powerful to me and the lyrics fit so well that I ad to loo them up and I have become a big fan! I am very thankful that Colleen decided what to be and went to be it!!

  65. I am a ADD reader as well! I must say I appreciate that about your books. Also I find your books very emotionally stirring, which makes me really enjoy them. I can’t wait to read this new one!

  66. I feel like I know Colleen more now after having read this interview. Thank you! Now I’m headed over to check out the musicians mentioned.

  67. I love coho! Great interview… Can’t believe you have only been writing for 3 years. Amazing.

    I would love to win a signed copy of Ugly Love! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  68. Every time I see Ugly Love being promoted on a book blog or in a bookstore, I freeze & squeal and I haven’t even read the book yet!

  69. oh my god, Im totally becoming a fan of TATE. Their songs are just books! I love that too, I hated when a band or a musician dont put their soul into a song. I hate comercial music. So im gonna listen to this band to dead. Thats why I love twenty one pilots. All of their song are histories too. Thak u colleen for telling us about TATE.

    I’ve finish all of her books, and I can tell for sure, this woman writes with her soul. The way she writes makes u become part of the history and the characters themselfs. Ur feeling everything. Every uglynees and every hapiness and every emotion.

    If u as a writer can make the readers to forget about the present life, and while readind the book, only be aware of the history they’re reading, then u can be sure as hell that ur doing something right. <3

    Thank u so much for ur histories and for the art and the soul that is beneath ur books.

    And for the music recomendation! seriously. Im listen to this band. RIGHT. NOW.

    LOL , Allie from Mexico

    (Lots of love) 😛

  70. AMAZING interview! It was so in-depth and I learned a lot about Colleen Hoover. I love how she uses other forms of art to accompany her writing. I’m about to go listen to all the songs mentioned 🙂

  71. I’ve been wanting to ready Ugly Love since I first started hearing about it.I too am somewhat of an ADD reader and tend to skip over parts that bore me,so she sounds like the perfect author fit for me! 🙂

  72. It looks like I need to go download some new inspiring Airborne tunes. Colleen you’ve never been wrong, you introduced me to the Avett Brothers 🙂 Thank you for being my muse, from your fellow mom of three boys

  73. Great interview. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! I love her writing style and the intriguing stories she creates.

  74. Great Interview! love the way she explains her writing style! I think that is what makes her such a great author! The fast-paced but totally right story.

  75. Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. I’m so glad I read this interview because while I love all her work I’m also not a stalker (haha) so I didn’t know a lot of these things. She came from humble beginnings which shows through all her social media posts etc. If you haven’t read Ugly Love do it…like now!

  76. What a great interview! I love how Colleen always sounds so super humble! It’s amazing how she’s a super star in my eyes, while she still doesn’t view herself that way. I’d feel the same way approaching her & she felt approaching Airborne!

  77. I always love getting to know my authors a little better through these interviews. She is becoming one of my favs

  78. I’ve always said Colleen was a genius and she’s proved it. I love how she’s combining the art of story telling with other visual and audio arts. She’s a trailblazer and many will follow her but she’ll always be the original.

  79. Oh, god…I just…first of all, Colleen you are my hero. I started writing a little over a year ago and always got bored way too quickly. And then I read Maybe Someday and I was just speechless! (no pun intended) Every chapter was like a story in its own and I cannot tell you how grateful I am. Maybe Someday really inspired me and made me want to write a brilliant story too. And what you said about being an ADD writer? I know exactly how you feel. Its so refreshing to finally find someone who I can relate too. And OH MY GOD, you met Mikel!!!!!! I’m in love with him. And when I read that he inspired Miles, I just. I can’t. You. Are. Amazing. Hope to see many many many more Best Sellers from you. I love you 💜

  80. Great interview! I love how she’s inspired. I now will be listening to TATE. I too am an ADD reader. The first book of hers I read was Hopeless. I’m currently re reading it and then moving on to more of her great work I love how she puts emotion and feeling into the story to where you can feel it and get lost in it. I also love the name for her female character, Tate. That’s my son’s name so of course I love it!

  81. Sometime Around Midnight was the first song of TATE that I heard and feel in love with it. I love it when authors incorporate music into their works! I can’t wait to read Ugly Love!

  82. Loved the interview! I love how she got into writing. And, I can TOTALLY relate to the concert excitement. I am a concert junkie, and I go complete crazy fangirl at every one.

  83. I absolutely fell in love with these characters. Their love story is powerful because it’s raw, and it isn’t beautiful. The chapters that flipped back into young Miles’ life helped to slowly build who he became and why he was so guarded. It broke my heart in the most beautiful and intimate way possible. I would LOVE to have a signed copy for my birthday! I adore Colleen Hoover and look forward to her next masterpiece! Three cheers for Ugly Love!!!

  84. Good to know how these songs inspired her. I am in love with this book and now I cant wait to listen to the music to see how the too correlate! <3 Collen Hoover and her writing style!!

  85. living in a mobile home happily with your family, it is already an inspiration for me to live simply. but knowing that, from that moment of your simple & happy life, you have created Slammed – thank you is an understatement to THANK YOU. Because that one book, take my breath away; shake my vision of what a love story is supposed to be; introduced me to the beautiful world of slam poetry; teaches me about priorities, responsibilities & sacrifices – because it’s really hard for someone to not put your own love life as your top priority for you have to take care your only family. And family always comes first. Heck, it’s even hard to resist & stay away from someone you love when you know that you shouldn’t be together, because a teacher & a student is a no no. And Will is a GREAT role model to all guys. the EPITOME of all role models out there. up until now even after years of finishing that precious work of art, i still have these emotions reeling in me that i exclusively felt for Slammed whenever I remembered some moments of Will & Layken. I just cannot thank you enough for even letting it published. On your own. Thank you for that Ms. Colleen. And thank you for your life. Really really thank you.

    Don’t forget, “I never tried to get it published because I didn’t think anyone would care to read it. “ —> that I hope you realize how big of an impact your 1st book gave to me. To all of us, your readers :’) I cannot imagine my world without your Will & your Layken & your Julia & your Eddie & your Gavin & your Kel & your Caulder & of course your Holder & your Hope & your Les & your Six & your Daniel. Well I haven’t read Ugly Love yet coz still waiting for my own copy so that’s them for now. Ha ha.

    Oh and if ever you forget, I’m this girl in the twitter who – after reading Slammed – frantically tweeted you to express my need of endless books about Will & Layken. How I can read about their life & also about their family & friends like in FOREVER. And how I seriously want to watch it in big screen. I didn’t even expect you to reply but omg you replied! So yeah thank you again for replying to me.

  86. I haven’t heard the song, but I’m definitely going to. ADD reader…I like that. Never thought of it that way, but that’s totally how I am. I get bored easily, skip over big chunks of descriptions, etc.

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve heard great things about Ugly Love.

  87. I’m in love with all of Colleen’s books… I read Ugly Love in a day and wanted more… I can’t wait until her next book comes out!!!

  88. I readily agree.

    I’m both a music and book junkie and when I hear music, it didn’t need lyrics to communicate a story because that’s it art form but those that do and create the perfect combination of lyrics and rhythm…those are the songs that really capture me and TATE does that. Books…I just love words. I mean I’ll read nearly anything and enjoy it, but I do get more profound things in the deeper.

    And lastly, I’m with you Colleen! I love that art inspires art. In all its forms and its amazing that you progress that with your work 🙂

  89. Colleen, I never really knew your story. I never knew you published you first novel on amazon and from their your success began, that is truly amazing and inspiring. I always felt you were different than other authors because you are always keeping your fans updated and posting weird stuff online, but now I feel that you have more things in common with most of your fans. You know the struggle! I have two of your novels on my kindle, but after this interview I will definitely buy Ugly Love today and keep supporting your work. That way we can have more awesome novels from you.

  90. LOVED “Ugly Love!” Love CoHo books! Great to learn how she gets her thoughts, ideas and inspirations~~~great interview~~great music!!

  91. Omg, every time I read something about Colleen I fall more in love with her if that’s even possible! Can we have a giveaway with “spending a day with Colleen!” She’s such a fun person! And her books are just as amazing as she is.

  92. Thank you for being such a real person. I’ve seen so many things on your Facebook page or in interviews that make me think ” hey! I’ve done that!” So many of the authors whose books I love I see in social media and they’re just so pretentious but I feel like you and I could be ‘real’ friends because you’re such a real person. Keep up the great work and thank you.

  93. Great interview. I haven’t read this book yet, but I would love to. I love Colleen’s books. Thanks for the opportunity!

  94. I’ve read all of Colleen’s books within a week and i just fell in love with her writing. She has a great sense of humour but then also she manages to make one cry like a baby. Maybe Someday is my favourite of the first 7 books but judging by the teaser she let us read, i’m pretty sure that once i read Ugly Love i will love it. In all honesty, I seriously Can’t wait ro get my hands on this one 😀

  95. Oh my god! This interview has really made me interested in The Airborne Toxic gotta listen them soon and agh! Can’t wait to read this book 😀

  96. It’s so amazing how you can draw inspiration from anywhere!
    Sometimes we tend to force inspiration to come and that usually doesn’t last long or well-developed..
    Can’t wait for another book with challenging relationship from you!

  97. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Colleen Hoover! Her characters and romance are always perfect 🙂

    Lovely photos!!

    thank you for the wonderful interview and the giveaway!!

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  98. Great interview! I love learning more about my favorite authors. I am in love with Colleen’s books and look forward to reading more of her work.

  99. It’s really cool to see where your inspirations came from. I personally have never heard of TATE. But I’m intrigued and I’ll probably check them out soon. And Mrs. Hoover keep doing what you are doing because it’s amazing. You are really inspiring and even though I’m not good at writing you make me want to.

    P.S please come to Alabama one day.

  100. I <3 ur work Colleen!! I'm also a Social Work Major (stroke south Texas) and have secretly always wanted to write books… Who knows… maybe in a few years I'll be doing an interview talking about how reading this interview gave me the courage to decide what I wanted to be and be it!!

  101. Great Interview! I love Colleen, not only because of her amazing books but because she gets so involved with her fans 🙂

  102. I love this woman, I think each time she writtes a book, it is better than the least one. So good you got to talk to her!

  103. Great interview! Glad to see the word being spread about Colleen! She is an amazing writer and everyone should be exposed to her awesomeness!

  104. Colleen I LOVE reading the things you write and I thank you for doing these interviews. You really let us inside your brain and I like seeing these other sides of you 🙂

  105. A very awesome book, and while I know OF The Airborne Toxic Event I’ve never listened to their music that I can recall so missed any easter eggs in the book. Which apparently are at least two names! Crazy the things that can inspire a story

  106. Such a great interview. I love the Avett Brothers because of you. Excited to discover a new (to me) band!

  107. All of Colleen Hoover’s books are amazing! She is absolutely worth the read. Her previous book “Maybe Someday” was such a unique and innovative experience the way she and Griffin Peterson collaborated and released the CD for free & embedded in the book! I completely agree with and respect her style of writing to not get “bogged down in the dreary details” I totally skip over those parts as well. She is humble and approachable and REAL. Lovelovelove her!

  108. Great interview! Colleen Hoover is the greatest! If you haven’t already, go read Ugly Love and all of her other books…they’re ALL amazing!

  109. I love the song that´s beautiful.
    Thanks for letting me know a new band.
    And Like everyone else a signed book from you would be a delight !!!!
    I love That you seems so close to your fanbase =) bisous de la France

  110. Great interview. Never heard of TATE’s music before today thanks for introducing me to another band CoHo!!

  111. CoHo – you are epic!
    Thank you for always making me smile and providing us some of the best books I’ve ever read!! Loves lady!

  112. And THIS is why Colleen is my favorite author. She’s unique, genuine, and completely grounded. Just AMAZING!!!!!!!

  113. This was my first book from Colleen Hoover and I’m hooked! I had so many feels during this book it was hard to express them after I finished. The last 20% of the book, I cried my eyes out. I woke up the next morning with my eyes still swollen! I’m excited to read all of the books Colleen Hoover has written.

  114. Wow. I had not heard that there was an artist actually creating the artwork from Confess! I knew the story was about an artist though. Now I am even more excited to read it. I can’t wait to see those creations!

  115. Hope to see more and more people find out about the genius that is Colleen Hoover. Ugly Love may be my favorite but all her books are worth reading…again and again and again!

  116. Great interview! Not only does Colleen Give Good Word but I have been introduced to two of my favorite bands because of her!

  117. Colleen Hoover has introduced me to 2 great bands: TATE and The Avett Brothers. I hope some of their fans have found her as welll!

  118. Colleen Hoover is an amazing author! Her writing continues to get better with each book! Her stories are different, honest, beautiful and most of all relatable. She is such a talent and those who have given her stories a change, are better for it!

  119. I love music. Since i was a kid, i was already exposed to music and instruments. Now i’m curious of TATE. I’ll give it a try and listen to it..

  120. Colleen Hoover has a true gift for telling a love story from inside the mind and heart of both the woman and man’s point of view. I will continue to wait with anticipation for each of her new releases and savor each one as I am able to read it!!!!

  121. It’s awesome to be introduced to new music and was especially interesting to actually have some produced JUST for a book I was reading!

  122. I love all of Colleen Hoover’s books but Ugly Love is so much fun. It’s definitely a little naughtier than all the others. 🙂

  123. Wow. I absolutely loved this interview. I’ve read all of Colleen’s interviews and somehow with each one I still learn something new about her and find something else to love about her.

  124. Wow, you’re story on how you became a writer is so inspirational, you deserve it. I love all your books!!

  125. I think Ugly Love just might be my favorite Hoover novel to date. I loved the change up in her writing style. And, intensely flawed characters like Miles are my personal downfall…they always steal my heart.

  126. I love it that you suddenly decided to write a book, I’ve always wanted to, but stop when I start thinking it’s not good enough! You must be so proud of yourself for powering through and ending up being a Bestseller! I honestly admire you. Keep going strong!! Your books are awesome, haven’t read the latest one, but I just know it will rock my world.

  127. Colleen is a Jedi word wizard and avid diet Pepsi lover. I love how she incorporates her passion for the arts into her books. I would never have heard of T.A.T.E or many bands if not for her. I’ve read thousands of books by hundreds if authors and she is by far my favorite – she’s hilarious, down to earth and a dork just like many of us. I’m blessed to have had the chance to meet her and cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next.

  128. I LOVE that we get a sneak at Confess!!! And, SUPER excited the art in it is painting/fine art. CANNOT wait!!! Love you, CoHo!!!

  129. Colleen is absolutely amazing at what she does. I would read her grocery lists and think they were gold. She just has a way of bringing her characters to life, and in such a way that they feel like real people you would know.

  130. Wow, you are really an inspiration Colleen, and the most beautiful part about yourself is how down to earth and humble you are, you should never doubt yourself about your writing skills, your books change lives and even though you think they might not be literature, they still are amazing! Your books are not only very inspiring but they are a scape to a better world, a world away from reality, boredom, chores and even depression, I’ve experienced it and my favorite part is the music behind the story! Keep up the amazing work, I am so dying to meet you one day (soon), kuddos ❤️

  131. It was so cool to see all of the questions we submitted were answered, thanks Glen for making us a part of the interview. And thank you, Colleen for being open and honest, especially in the telling of how you got your start. What an interesting story!

  132. Just finished Ugly Love on my E reader. What an awesome read (: thank you Colleen Hoover for my escapes I take at night (:

  133. Colleen Hoover has introduced me top sine great music through her books & I’m forever grateful! Can’t wait to see she seems my way next!

    • And, that would be introduced me TO SOME great music & I can’t wait to see WHO she SENDS my way. Stupid “smart” phone.

  134. Colleen Hoover is absolutely one of the most amazing and giving and talented people I have ever had the honor to call a friend. Her humility & generosity know no bounds. And she’s slightly less awkward than she gives herself credit for. Lol.

  135. Absolutely loved reading this interview and it gave me even a deeper appreciation of Colleen’s books. And I had never listened to TATE until about 10 minutes ago. I am going to iTunes now to download their songs, just like I did with Griffin Peterson’s songs after reading Maybe Someday! My favorite part of this article though? “With Ugly Love, I took a bit of liberty with all the chapters from Miles’s point of view. They aren’t written in a typical fashion. I use different fonts and word placement, centering down the page to give more of a visual impact when he experiences different emotions.” One of the first things I noticed and loved while reading UL, even commented about it on the FB Ugly Love page. Just another way Colleen makes her books more meaningful….
    (Oh, and I would LOVE to receive a signed copy.) 😉

  136. I love love Colleen! I fell hard for Ridge from Maybe Someday this week..I’m looking forward to meeting Miles 🙂

  137. I’m obsessed with everything Colleen has written and she is always the first author I recommend to my girlfriend’s! I am DYING to read Ugly Love and can’t wait to get my hands on it to share with all my friends 🙂

  138. I love author Colleen Hoover, she touches my heart with her writing involving music, music is a big part of my life. And I love the way she works with music in her books. I love Tate.

  139. In the last 2 yrs Colleen has quickly become my favorite author! She is not only an amazing author but an amazing person as well

  140. Reading a Colleen Hoover book is as magical as a first kiss. I swear she could write about paint drying and it would be magnificent. I loved reading more about my favorite writer! Thank you!

  141. Lurve how Colleen Hoover incorporates music into her books! <3 ALL her books, especially her Slammed series. P.S. When will you introduce the Slammed book collection bundle? I would love to get my hands on this. Will shall forever be my most favorite book boyfriend! 🙂

  142. Loved this interview!!! It’s so cool how she teams up with other artist’s to create her work! Can’t wait until Confessed comes out. Sounds good!

  143. Colleen!! Seriously, one of the best authors out there. I love all of her work so much!! Great interview!

  144. I love how Colleen twines music and lyrics into her books whether it’s directly or through inspiration. She’s introduced me to new music that I love, including TATE. They’ve got a new fan in me.

  145. It amazes me how influential art is. It’s this little something that all different kinds of people create that can bring thousands of people together.
    Colleen has done that with her writing, her art. She’s an amazing author and I’m very lucky that I stumbled across her books. In the last two years, she’s become my favorite author, knocking JK Rowling, who has had my heart since childhood, out of first place.
    I love TATE. Like love, love, love them. They are constantly on repeat in my house. I had a heard a few of their songs previously and really liked them, but it wasn’t until about six months ago that I started to actually listen to their words. They’re beautiful, haunting, truthful, and inspiring. I’m a huge fan and always will be.

  146. I loved this book so much!! I can’t wait for Confess; especially after this…

    “With my newest novel, Confess, I’ve teamed up with an artist in London who is creating all the pieces of art that the “character” paints in the book.”

  147. I loved her book Slammed! I still need to read her other books — I have all but Losing Hope (Hopeless is an e-book).

  148. Great interview! Colleen is the best…I love all of her books. I love her crazy sense of humor. I love her taste in music. She introduced me to The Avett Brothers, TATE, and Griffin Peterson. I wonder what (or who) will she introduce to me next!

  149. Love this! You’re just so awesome, Colleen! I love your work, and I love their music, and.. just… YAY! lol

  150. I loved both Hopeless and Losing Hope by her and I am really looking forward reading more of her books! Great Interview, really inspiring and interesting! Now I want to read Ugly Love so bad!

  151. This interview was amazing !!! You are just amazing colleen hoover, you’ve introduced me to different bands trough your storie, the avett brothers , griffin peterson (love him) and now TATE , I just love how you include music into your stories it brings the story more too life , can’t wait to see what’s next !! #cohorts for life 🙂

  152. Great interview from my favorite author! Love every single book written by Colleen!!! CoHort for life 🙂

  153. All her the books I’ve read from her are paperbacks and signed. I will not break this beautiful tradition of mine. I will try and try to win Ugly Love or Maybe Someday until I succeed! I admire CoHo and her generosity.

  154. Great interview! One of my favorite things about Colleen’s books is how she adds art in different ways. I adored the Maybe Someday soundtrack, and I can’t wait to see the pieces from Confess!

  155. I loved the interview, your an inspiration and I loved the slammed series with my whole heart so I know I’ll love ugly love too!!

  156. Oh Colleen! You’re an inspiration for all of us.
    I’m intrigued by The Airborne Toxic Event after knowing it inspired you to write the characters of Ugly Love, so I’m going to check it out right now:)
    I love books, I love music, so the combination of both is like AHH-FREAKING-MAZING!!!
    I NEEEED A COPY OF “UGLY LOVE” SO BADLYYY!! It’s been in my TBR for so long that I just can’t wait to have it on my read (AND PROBABLY ALSO “FAVORITES”) shelf.
    Thank you so much for the chance:) and for such great interview !!

    Best regards,
    A devoted COHO Fan<3

  157. I love the interview. Out of all Colleen Hoover’s books, Ugly love made me cry the most. I’m an ADD reader as well but CoHo’s books never made me feel like one. The music incorporated in her books really made it more interesting and heartfelt.

  158. I can’t even tell you how much I love Colleen Hoover’s books! They’re perfection incarnated.

  159. I love this interview. It makes me appreciate Colleen as a writer even more! I love her Airborne song inspirations for the book.

  160. Not sure if my comment was posted so here it goes again probably not word for word 🙂

    I love that you connect music and art into your books. I know for not only me but a lot of others music is a way that we express what we cannot say and sometimes how we feel when we are scared of our feelings. Music touches people, your books touch people as well because you do every day life. You do love, loss, messy, beautiful, hard, scary & you do real life. Life is not picture perfect and you show that in your books. You show that it is okay to be broken, that you can still be loved and be lost at the same time. You give us a voice we did not know that we had, and you make the world a little less scary in your books 🙂

    I could probably go on but just know I love your books so please do not stop writing and showing us life is OKAY!

    Lindsay Sydnor

  161. Love this interview! I love Colleen and all of her books. After Listening to the few songs that she’s mention during this interview and on FB when she was explain what brought on Miles’ character, I think it’s safe to say that I’m on my way to becoming a TATE fan!

  162. I am an avid CoHo fan and knowing what inspires her also inspires me. In her book Maybe Someday, I got so attached to it because I also love music. She has one of the best writing styles I have ever encountered. This is such a great interview and thanks for sharing it!

  163. I love discovering new music through books. Music and books have always been two sides of the same coin for me. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for Ugly Love and I can’t wait to read it!

  164. This is a great interview. Thank you for sharing! I’ve read Ugly Love and was absolutely in love with it!

  165. I loooove CoHo!! First book I ever read of hers was SLAMMED back in September 2012. I’ve been a fan of hers and thanks to her now of The Avett Brothers since then. Can’t wait to read more from Colleen and to listen to these new bands! 🙂

  166. Wow! This interview makes me love Colleen even more! I can’t wait for my copy of Ugly Love!!!! I love you Colleen!! <3

  167. “My writing career was inspired by music and Mikel’s music career was inspired by writing.”
    Great interview…you are an amazing person!
    ♡♡♡♡♡☆☆☆☆☆♡♡♡♡♡☆☆☆☆☆

  168. Great Interview!! I hope I am lucky enough to win, cannot find the paperback in Australian book shops…:(

  169. Great interview! I love reading interviews to get a little more information about the author and their books. Colleen Hoover is one of my favourite authors & I can’t wait to read Ugly Love.

  170. OMG! Great interview. I love Collen’s books, and she is awesome, and the situations in her books are so unexpected, I love Maybe Someday, The music plus the story are so Amazing, I lo her and I can’t wait to read Ugly Love

  171. Great interview! Love Colleen Hover. Ugly Love was amazing, just like all of her previous books. I already can’t wait for Confess.

  172. The music is awesome! I’m a big fan of Colleen and I refer myself as a “Hoover Girl” haha! Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to read Ugly Love yet but I’m dying to get my hands on it! I’m already a 100% positive I’m going to love this book as much as I love the others. Colleen is incredibly talented and her books have made me laugh, cry, and fall madly in love. Her Facebook and Twitter post crack me up! 🙂

  173. You are awesome, Colleen. I am so proud to be a CoHort. Thank you for this!! I hope you pick meeee <3

  174. I love Colleen! Ever since my best friend and I discovered Slammed on Amazon, we have read every book and are so inspired by Colleen’s stories. I am a total book worm and Colleen’s stories always evoke so many emotions. I can’t wait to keep reading the books Colleen delivers and being touched by the real-life situations that she incorporates!

  175. I LOVE Colleen Hoover and can’t wait to read Ugly Love! Thank you so much for the interview. It only makes me want to read it more!

  176. Love the interview! I love all books by Colleen Hoover!!!! I love that Colleen is influenced by the music in creating a novel. From Slammed to Ugly Love I was always on high when I finished reading these books. It always left me speechless and numb and any book that comes after reading them comes unworthy (that’s just me!!!).

  177. I Loved the Interview. Colleen Hoover is As Always Awesome. She is great Human Being, great Writer and she loves her readers very much. I have read all of Colleen’s Book and i love them all. I am proud to say i am big Colleen’s fan and i love her work. Lots of Love <3

  178. I just read the interview and I loved it. That is refreshing. In the interview Colleen Hoover says that she writes like she talks, to not get bored. well I wasn’t bored any second during this interview. I’ve never read any of her work but this give me one more reason to start. All the comments on her are all positive, it go the same with her books. So… now I HAVE TO READ THEM ALL !!!! Sorry for the mistakes I am french (maybe I can use that as an excuse lol) I am sure that I will LOVE her books TO THE MOON AND BACK =)

  179. Loved this interview, Ugly Love was such an awesome book, Colleen Hoover’s talent is what makes me love to read so much

  180. Great interview! Huge CoHo fan from greece here. Thank you Colleen for your books and for introducing us to new artists and bands with each book. You’re a true inspiration <3

  181. This is an awesome interview! I was just recently introduced to Colleen Hoover’s writing and loved to see where her inspirations come from. Also that she connects her books to arts in many ways! I’ve never heard of TATE before but started looking each song up throughout reading this song!! I have found a new band to add to my playlists! Colleen is an amazing person and author. I am glad she decided to follow her dreams and become an author. Thanks for sharing all this awesome info!

  182. Excellent interview – I had seen SLAMMED on my recommended list – now I’ll have to get it! Great idea to interrelate music/art/lyrics/art in the way she is doing. Thank you!

  183. I really love Colleen Hoover’s books. They are always a mixture of an intense plot and undeniably perfect Characters

  184. It’s fascinating to see the music of my favorite band, whose name is inspired by a novel, in turn inspire another well-received novel. What a beautiful cycle.

  185. I am totally impressed with your interview. I love how you love to bridge the gap between reading and other forms of art! Especially music, because it has always spoke to my heart. I am so proud of your accomplishments. Keep bringing on the good reads!!!!!!

  186. Excellent questions and answers. And now I’ve downloaded everything TATE. So there you go. I’d heard of them, but I never stopped to give them a good listen.

  187. Sometime Around Midnight is my favourite as well. The hairs still stand up on my arms when I hear it.. I’ve been a longtime fan of TATE and your book is a must read now that I know what inspired it! I look forward to reading it, and the others you’ve written.

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