Colleen Hoover Biography & Facts
Colleen Hoover (born December 11, 1979) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels and five novellas. Her novels fall into the New Adult and young adult categories.Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. Since then, all of her full-length novels have become New York Times Best Sellers.Hoover has appeared on ABC News Nightline and CBS This Morning.
Early life and career
Colleen Hoover was born on December 11, 1979, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Vannoy Fite and Eddie Fennell. She grew up in Saltillo, Texas, and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1998. In 2000, she married Heath Hoover, with whom she has three sons. Hoover graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in social work. She worked various social work and teaching jobs until starting her writing career.In November 2011, Hoover began her first novel, Slammed, with no intention of getting published. She was inspired by a lyric, "decide what to be and go be it", from an Avett Brothers song, "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise." Because of this, she incorporated Avett Brothers lyrics throughout the story. After a few months, her novel was reviewed and given 5 stars by a major book blogger, Maryse Black. After that, sales rapidly increased, and Slammed and its sequel, Point of Retreat, both made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Hoover self-published her debut novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It first made the New York Times Best Seller list on July 22, and peaked at #8 in e-book fiction on August 5. Atria Books picked it up and republished it on August 10.
Point of Retreat
Hoover self-published Point of Retreat, the sequel to Slammed, in February 2012. Point of Retreat first made the New York Times Best Seller list on July 29 and peaked at #18 on August 5. Atria Books picked it up too and republished it on August 10.
Atria Books published This Girl, the third and final installment in the Slammed series, on April 30, 2013. It made the New York Times Best Seller list on May 19, peaking at #9.
A Father's Kiss
A Father's Kiss is a short story and a follow-up to the Slammed series. Hoover published it as part of an anthology, The Kiss: An Anthology of Love and Other Close Encounters, on January 15, 2014.
Hoover self-published Hopeless in December 2012. On January 6, 2013, it debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at #19. On January 20, it peaked at #1 and remained there for three weeks. It was the first self-published novel to ever make #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, the #1 bestselling self-published e-book of 2013, and the #16 bestselling e-book overall of 2013. Hoover sold the paperback rights to Atria in January 2013, and the paperback released on May 7. Hoover still owns her e-book rights. Hopeless is about a girl who was home-schooled all her life before finally going to public high school. High school perks get to her and she falls in love with her childhood best friend she no longer remembers.
Atria published Losing Hope, the POV companion novel to Hopeless, on July 8, 2013. It debuted and peaked at #6 on the New York Times Best Seller list on July 28.
Finding Cinderella is a free novella that Hoover published as a thank you to her fans for their support. It is a spinoff of Hopeless and Losing Hope and features several of the same characters. Originally, neither Hoover nor Atria intended to offer Finding Cinderella in paperback form, because the intention was to offer the book for free. But overwhelming demands from Hoover’s fans led Atria to publish a paperback complete with several bonus features, such as a new epilogue and Hoover’s own "Cinderella story".
Atria published Maybe Someday on March 18, 2014. It debuted and peaked at #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list on April 6 and resurfaced on the New York Times Best Seller list on September 14, at #21.Maybe Someday is a standalone novel about a young guy and a girl who write music together and fall in love even though the boy has a girlfriend. Hoover joined musician Griffin Peterson to create a soundtrack to accompany the novel. Readers are able to click links in the e-book or scan a QR code in the paperback that take them to a website where they can listen to the music for free.
Atria published Ugly Love on August 5, 2014. The book received a Starred Review from Booklist and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for three weeks, where it debuted and peaked at #4 on August 24. Film rights for the book have recently been purchased by Hackybox Pictures. The project is still in the works, with Nick Bateman cast as the male lead.
A collaboration with Tarryn Fisher.
Atria published Confess on March 10, 2015. It debuted and peaked at #9 on the New York Times Best Seller list on March 29. It has since become an Awestruck original TV series on go90.com and the go90 app, available for iOS or Android.
Atria published November Nine on November 10, 2015. It debuted #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list on November 29.
It Ends with Us
Atria published It Ends with Us on August 2, 2016. Hoover described it as "by far the hardest book I've ever written." It received a starred review from Kirkus. Hoover based the book on the relationship between her mother and father.
Atria published Without Merit on October 3, 2017.
Awards and achievements
New York Times Best Sellers
Slammed (#8)Point of Retreat (#18)This Girl (#9)Hopeless (#1)Losing Hope (#6)Maybe Someday (#3)Confess (#4)
Amazon Best Sellers Of 2013
Point of Retreat (2012)
This Girl (2013)
Losing Hope (2013)
Finding Cinderella (2014) novella
Maybe Someday (2014)
Maybe Not (2014) novella
Ugly Love (2014)
Never Never (2015) three part novella series with Tarryn Fisher
November 9 (2015)
Too Late (2016)
It Ends with Us (2016)
Without Merit (2017)
All your Perfects (2018)
Maybe Now (2018)
Regretting You (2019)
Heart Bones (2020)
Layla (2020)Short stories"A Father's Kiss" from The Kiss (An Anthology of Love and Other Close Encounters)
"Saint" from One More Step (An Anthology)See also
The Avett Brothers
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