Up All Night with Harlan Coben

coben7Harlan Coben is no nonsense. He’ll sit down for an interview, give it his all, but he’s not the kind of guy to schmooze or waste time.

I want to keep you up all night”

An air of mystery surrounds him like an invisible cloak. Fangirls flirt with him at conferences, but you can always tell, though he might be flattered, they’re wasting their time. Because the one subject Harlan Coben will stop and talk about is his family and how much he loves them.

I sat down for an interview with Harlan and discussed how his own kids inspired him to write his Mickey Bolitar series. With twenty bestselling novels, every imaginable award, and over sixty million books in print worldwide, he’s a legend.

So much so that if you think I’m nervous interviewing this giant, you’re right. (Please, Harlan, forgive the insertion of an “R” into your last name. You must think me an utter fool, but were nice enough to never even correct me.)

His focus is amazing. Despite people knocking on doors and barging into the interview room, he never missed a beat. I am sure that’s what makes him the powerhouse he is. His take-no-prisoners, stick your butt in the chair and write, attitude means that he’s centered on quality product.

As he says in the interview,  “I want to keep you up all night, I want you to curse me in the morning, and that’s really my job.”

About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: TopSecretWashington.com, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DianaBelchase See you there!

Posted on November 18, 2014, in Author Interview, Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Another great interview, Diana! I love these video interviews. 🙂

  2. Thanks Sharon! Glad to see you here.

  3. Another fantastic interview, Diana!

  4. Awesome interview, Diana! And as for the “Corben”….you know that’s exactly the kind of thing that makes you human and makes these interviews so fun. I’m sure I’d have been a bundle of faux pas(s) – how the heck do you make faux pas plural? He truly is my favorite author. GREAT job! Thanks for bringing him back to Kiss and Thrill. Gotta go write.

  5. Fabulous interview, Diana! And I agree with Carey on the “Corben” incident, and on bringing him back to K&T. 😉 My son is a big fan of his Mickey Bolitar series.

    His words words are a good reminder of what I need to focus on. I’d love to be able to keep my readers up all night!

  6. Great interview, he seems like a really likeable person. That’s my weakness, social media. I need to do more of his advice, get the words on the page 🙂

  7. Loved this interview Diana! Harlan seems so smart and engaging. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Diana, as a Margie Lawson Immersion grad, I was thrilled to see your video interview. Coben is an amazing author and many of the examples Margie uses in her classes are from Coben novels.

    Thanks for sharing a little insight into the author and process. Great interview!!

  9. Hi Priscilla! Yes, I love those examples Margie uses. I envy you being in one of those great Margie Immersion classes.

    Thanks for stopping by

  10. Yeah…I’d be one of those gushy fan girls following him around at conference. Love his last line of your blog post, Diana! “I want you to curse me in the morning.” Sigh.

    I want to be a ‘take-no-prisoners’ writer too. Wish I could do the ‘seat-in-chair’ part of it!

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