Colette Coen

Colette Coen

A Glasgow University and Faber Academy graduate, Colette Coen has recently completed her first novel All the Places I’ve Ever Been. She has published two eBook collections of short stories called The Chocolate Refuge and Five a Day. She won the Waterstones Crime in the City competition in 2013, has twice won the Eileen Gilmour Award for Creative Writing and was previously on the shortlist for the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. She has been a librarian and literacy lecturer, but now works in a supermarket to allow time and head-space for writing. She loves Muriel Spark, Margaret Atwood and INXS. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and three kids. She blogs at where she regularly posts new flash fiction.


Colette Coen in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?


What do you love about short stories?

I love giving a snapshot of people's lives while giving clues to the bigger picture.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels, plays.

What distracts you from writing?

Freecell, TV, children and job.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Music, Reading, Jigsaws, Fun.

What is your favourite book?

The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

Who are your favourite writers?

Muriel Spark, Margaret Atwood and Barbara Kingsolver.

Where is your dream location?

Tulum, Mexico.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Cats who insist on jumping on my knee despite what I think of them.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Just do it. There is no magic formula, you just have to work hard, but only do it if you really love it.

Work by Colette Coen:

Sexton Way
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It's Hallowe'en and the residents of Sexton Way gather for a street party. Both the living and the dead.
Platform Souls
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A woman waits for her friend on a station concourse even though she knows she will never arrive. Winner of the 2012 Waterstones' Crime in the City Competition
Red Sky at Night
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A family's new life in Australia is threatened by a bush fire, but this is not the first time the family have had to run from fire. This story won the Eileen Gilmour Creative Writing Competition in 2009

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