Colette Harrell is the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It. She is passionate about the written word. A motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels. She is cofounder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company. Colette is a wife, mother, author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Her novel is a delectable read, where romance, suspense, humor, and the supernatural all come together to entertain, educate, and inspire.
UC: Welcome to UC His Glory Book Club, Colette. Colette, please share with us how you got started writing novels.
CH: I was always the person in the group setting telling the story in an animated, detailed, edge-of-your-seat fashion. I am also an avid reader. Put me in a room full of books and I’m in heaven. Like peanut butter and jelly, these two passions merged into my wanting—no—needing to write.
UC: Why did you choose to write Christian fiction?
CH: When I first became a Christian, one of my fears was that I would have to give up a good read. I went on the Internet and looked for Christian fiction books, by people who looked like me, and I couldn’t find any. I wanted real books, about real people, who were fighting the good fight and doing it all because they loved Jesus. Not perfect, but forgiven. Then slowly, I saw the market open up, and here I am!
UC: What message(s) would you like your readers to take away after having read your books?
CH: That redemption is available to all of us. That Christians are fun, adventurous, and yes, sometimes (okay, many times!) we get it wrong. That’s when we dig in, cry, “holy, holy, holy,” and work to do better.
UC: How did you come up with the title for your book?
CH: I have to be honest on this one. I originally had another title selected for my book. And I was told it was dull and lifeless. I was reminded why I picked books. First, the title catches me. So, I went back to the drawing board and laughed when I thought about all the times we, as Christians, use myriad excuses to “reason” through our failings. My best friend will text me, when things go wrong in her life, “The devil don’ found me.” So, The Devil Made Me Do It was birthed. Since it’s a trilogy that deals with the supernatural, the other two books follow along in the same vein.
UC: How do you feel being a newly published author?
CH: Exhilarated, head in the wind, hair blowing, thrilled. Then. . . fearful. What if you don’t like my baby? I’m that mother that wants to protect her child and for the world to accept and love her. This is a rollercoaster ride . . . hold on for dear life!
UC: What can readers expect next from you?
CH: The second book in my trilogy is Tell The Truth and Shame the Devil. It continues the story of Esther and Briggs, and adds new people in the mix. Some old characters come back to stir up a few things! The third book will follow. All three continue the theme that all supernatural-bent readers love. Who needs to watch television? If you aren’t saved, you’re already the walking dead.
UC: What final thoughts or words of inspiration would you like to share with the readers?
CH: Your dreams are possible. Your thoughts are valuable. No one can do what you were specifically designed to do, the way you would do it. Get busy!
The Devil Made Me Do It, Synopsis
The voluptuous Esther Wiley has always known that she is special. She’s a tiara-wearing, wand-carrying kind of Cinderella princess in disguise. The problem that her very own Fairy Godmother, the Prophetess Mother Reed, struggles with is getting her to live like it.
Briggs Stokes is the reluctant heir to his father’s worldwide, multimillion-dollar televangelist ministry, yet he yearns to be his own man. His past mistakes have caused him a private life of hurt and loneliness.
Esther and Briggs meet and develop a deep soul connection, until tragedy strikes and the two are thrust apart. Their separation leads each down a different path scattered with emotional minefields. While each step they take brings them closer to who they were always meant to be, the devil is on assignment. He sends in reinforcements to usher in confusion and create chaos, and soon no one is safe. The members of Love Zion church reel from the rumors, innuendo, and downright sabotage that is going on around them.
When others devise evil schemes to seek the destruction of Esther and Briggs through jealousy, greed, and murder, only divine intervention can save them. As an all-out battle for dominion breaks out in the heavens, will Esther and Briggs become a casualty of war?
UC: How do readers contact/connect with Author Colette? (twitter, Web site, Facebook, e-mail, etc.)
CH: My Web site Coletteharrell.com is filled with blog content, tours/events, and soon to be released, my character Mother Sweat’s advice column and video blog. My e-mail is email@example.com.