Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover
BornMargaret Colleen Fennell[1]
(1979-12-11) December 11, 1979 (age 42)
Sulphur Springs, Texas, US
OccupationAuthor
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.A., Social Work
Alma materTexas A&M-Commerce
GenreYoung adult fiction and New-adult fiction
Notable works
  • Slammed
  • Hopeless
  • Maybe Someday
  • Ugly Love
SpouseWilliam Heath Hoover
Signature

Colleen Hoover (born December 11, 1979) is an author of young adult fiction and romance novels.[2][1]

She published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012.[3] In December 2012, she published Hopeless, which rose to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Many of her works have been self-published before being picked up by a publishing house.[2][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Hoover was born on December 11, 1979,[5] in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Vannoy Fite[1] and Eddie Fennell. She grew up in Saltillo, Texas,[6] and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1998.[7] In 2000, she married Heath Hoover,[8] with whom she has three sons.[9] Hoover graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in social work.[3] She worked various social work and teaching jobs until starting her writing career.[3]

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.[10] After a few months, her novel was reviewed and given 5 stars by book blogger Maryse Black,[11] after which sales rapidly took off for her first two books.[3][12]

Bibliography[edit]

Hoover self-published her debut novel, Slammed, in January 2012,[3] and a sequel, Point of Retreat, in February.[3] They reached #8 and #18 on the New York Times Best Seller list in August of that year.[13][14] Atria Books picked them up and republished them on August 10.[15] A third book in the series, This Girl, was published in April, 2013.[16][17]

Hopeless[edit]

Her novel Hopeless, about a girl who was home-schooled all her life before finally going to public high school, was self-published in December 2012.[3] It became #1 in the New York Times Best Seller list on January 20, and remained there for three weeks.[18] It was the first self-published novel to ever top the list.[19] A companion novel, Losing Hope, was published in July.[20]

Finding Cinderella is a free novella that Hoover published in 2014, 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. A paperback was released with several bonus features, such as a new epilogue and Hoover’s own "Cinderella story".[21]

Other works[edit]

Maybe Someday, published in March 2014, was the first novel of a small series about a guy and a girl who write music together and fall in love. Musician Griffin Peterson[22] created a soundtrack to accompany the novel. Readers could click links in the e-book or scan a QR code in the paperback that take them to a website where they could listen to the music.[23]

Never ever, a collaboration with Tarryn Fisher, was originally split into three parts and sold as three separate books, then later republished as one complete book.

It Ends with Us, based on the relationship between her mother and father, was published in 2016.[24] Hoover described it in 2016 as "the hardest book I've ever written."[25]

In 2021, Hoover experienced a surge in popularity due to attention from the #BookTok community on TikTok.[26] In January 2022, her novel It Ends with Us debuted at #1 on The New York Times best sellers list.[27]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Awards Ceremony Work Category Result Ref
2012 Goodreads Choice Awards Slammed Young Adult Fiction Nominated [28]
2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Losing Hope Romance Nominated [29]
2013 Goodreads Choice Awards This Girl Romance Nominated [29]
2014 UtopYA Con Awards Maybe Someday Most Innovative Marketing Won [30]
2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Confess Romance Won [31]
2016 Goodreads Choice Awards It Ends With Us Romance Won

Achievements[edit]

New York Times Best Sellers[edit]

Slammed (#8)[14]
Point of Retreat (#18)[14]
This Girl (#9)[17]
Hopeless (#1)[18]
Losing Hope (#6)[20]
Maybe Someday (#3)[32]
Confess (#4)[32]
It Ends with Us (#1)[27]

Amazon Best Sellers of 2013[edit]

Hopeless (#16)[33]

Works[edit]

Books[34]
  • Slammed (2012)
  • Point of Retreat (2012)
  • This Girl (2013)
  • Hopeless (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
  • Confess (2015)
  • November 9 (2015)
  • Too Late (2016)
  • It Ends with Us (2016)
  • Without Merit (2017)
  • All your Perfects (2018)
  • Verity (2018)
  • Maybe Now (2018)
  • Regretting You (2019)
  • Heart Bones (2020)
  • Layla (2020)
  • Reminders of Him (2022)
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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chang, JuJu (21 February 2013). "Emerging 'New Adult' Book Genre Puts Smut Fiction on Bestseller Lists". ABC News. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Colleen Hoover". Amazon. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Stengle, Jamie (16 April 2013). "Colleen Hoover Books: Texas Woman Self-Publishes, Hits Best-Seller Lists". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Self-published Colleen Hoover Talks Living the American Dream". CBS This Morning. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Colleen Hoover". The Book Pusher. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ Hoover, Colleen. "Paying it forward..." Colleen Hoover. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Colleen Hoover". Classmates.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  8. ^ Hoover, Colleen. "Fourteen Years. :0". Colleen Hoover. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  9. ^ "The Author". Maybe Someday Soundtrack. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  10. ^ "How The Avett Brothers Kindled the Career of a Self-Published Author". GalleyCat. 7 June 2012. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Book Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover". Maryse.net.
  12. ^ "A Raw Blog Post". ColleenHoover.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  13. ^ "E-Book Fiction Best Sellers". New York Times. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  14. ^ a b c "E-Book Fiction Best Sellers". New York Times. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  16. ^ "This Girl by Colleen Hoover". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  17. ^ a b "E-Book Fiction Best Sellers". New York Times. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  18. ^ a b "E-Book Fiction Best Sellers". New York Times. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Best-Selling Moms: Self-Publishing $ucce$$ Stories". 3 May 2013. Archived from the original on 13 May 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  20. ^ a b "E-Book Fiction Best Sellers". New York Times. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  21. ^ Flood, Alison (31 January 2014). "Colleen Hoovers fans press publisher into print version of ebook". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  22. ^ "Griffin Peterson's Official Website". GriffinPeterson.com.
  23. ^ "Soundtrack". Maybe Someday. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  24. ^ "It Ends with Us". Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  25. ^ "New Adult author Colleen Hoover releases novel 'It Ends with Us'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  26. ^ Italie, Hillel (September 16, 2021). "Author Colleen Hoover's word-of-mouth success". Associated Press. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  27. ^ a b "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction - Best Sellers - Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  28. ^ "The Best Books of 2012". Goodreads. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  29. ^ a b "Best Books of 2013". Goodreads. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  30. ^ "2014 UtopYA Awards Winners Announced". My Bookopolis. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  31. ^ "Best Romance of 2015". Goodreads. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  32. ^ a b "E-Book Fiction Best Sellers". New York Times. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  33. ^ "Amazon Best Sellers of 2013". Amazon. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  34. ^ "Books By Colleen Hoover". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 14 August 2014.

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