12095312_887141491367274_874046264239490376_oColleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom Series, the Wendy Darling Series and the upcoming YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins Summer 2016.) She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She has two tiny dogs and an Underwood typewriter.  Colleen is currently at work on the final Elly novel and her third YA fantasy series.

Colleen’s Favorite Things

Favorite Movies:  In the drama category: Moulin Rouge, Les Miserables, Titanic, 500 Days of Summer, Marie Antoinette,The Dark Knight Series, Inception,The Painted Veil, Sleepy Hollow and Atonement. I’m a sucker for a truly tragic love story. In the happy category: Bridesmaids, Harry Potter, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Date Night, Crazy, Stupid Love, and This Is Where I Leave You.

Favorite Musicians:  Florence and The Machine, Sia, Missy Higgins, Josh Groban, U2, Adele, Mumford and Sons, JJ Heller, The Autumn Film, James Horner,  Brooke Fraser, Joshua Radin, Ingrid Michaelson, Plumb, Dave Crowder Band, The Civil Wars, JohnnySwim and the occasional Tori Amos.

Favorite Foods: Asian Sesame Salad, fish tacos, anything made with peaches and strawberries, breakfast foods, grilled cheese sandwiches, salsa that burns the mouth and a deliciously rich dessert. Like Elly, I enjoy a perfectly crafted hot chocolate.

Favorite Authors: There are so many authors that I both admire and enjoy reading immensely, so here are just a few: Ann Patchett, Jennifer Weiner, Barbara Kingsolver, Erik Larson, George R.R Martin, J.K Rowling, Lev Grossman, Ernest Cline, C.S Lewis, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret George, Janelle Brown, Kent Haruf, Neil Gaiman, Paula Hawkins, Christopher Paolini, Laini Taylor, Mindy Kaling, Charlotte Bronte and about a thousand more.

Favorite Book: Classic? Jane Eyre. Contemporary? The Poisonwood Bible. Recent? The Girl on the Train and Red Rising.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Princeville, Kauai or the Olympic Peninsula, WA.

Favorite Writing Quote: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King, On Writing