For you, from Will Cooper.

It’s a very special day today.  Kaci Buckley is having a birthday.

Who is Kaci Buckley?  If you asked me that a year ago, I would have shrugged my shoulders.  But now, my answer is, “She’s this really awesome person who read my books and loved them and loved Will Cooper and so she contacted me and sent me a really nice message so many months ago and created a Facebook group of other people who read my books and loved them and she supports me and encourages me and shares all my progress and updates and is selfless in her support of authors and even though words like “tummy” and “scoot” might be pet-peeves to her, she still loves the power of words and her support means the world to me and because of that, Will Cooper supports her and wrote her a slam!”


As much as I love the support Kaci has shown me, she’s one of many who make an author’s work worthwhile.  The encouragement we receive from the people who love our books is why we continue to write.

Will Cooper feels the same way, so he wrote an “Ode to Kaci,” which is also my ode to each of you.

An ode to Kaci.

From Will.

I write and perform poetry.

Some might laugh at that.

Some only wish they had the courage to do it.

It’s a very private, intimate process—putting words and feelings down on paper.

It’s a much scarier thing to speak those words in front of strangers.

It’s absolutely


to speak those words in front of people I know.

People I love.

As an artist, I think it’s necessary to surround myself with people who are also artists.

Or at the very least, people who can appreciate that part of me.

Because it’s who I am.

It’s what I’m all about.

Whether you’re a musician,

a writer,

a painter,

a photographer

or a poet,

the need to be understood by at least one other person is vital to the passion.

To know that the words or the art you create make another person feel even a


of what you felt while creating it is what drives the passion for creativity.

It’s not the praise that an artist craves.

It’s the understanding.

The appreciation.

The connection.

The first night I introduced that side of myself to Layken, I could see the appreciation in her eyes.

The respect.

The fascination.

When that first tear fell from her eyes as she watched the very first performance on the stage, I felt it.

I felt her.

As little as I knew her in that moment, that one tear was testament to everything I had been missing in my life up to that point.

Someone I could connect with.

Someone who would understand me.

 Someone who could grab my hand and take a step back and look at the world and see it how I saw it.

In words.

I didn’t want someone who looked at a tree and just saw a tree.

I wanted someone who looked at a tree and saw a seed and rain and dirt and the story of how that seed became that tree.

I didn’t want someone who looked at a child and saw a child.

I wanted someone who looked at a child and saw a young woman and a young man and a first kiss and a love story that blossomed into a family.

I didn’t want someone who looked at an old church and saw ruins.

I wanted someone who looked at an old church and saw the hands that built it, the weddings that took place in it, the loved ones whose lives were remembered in it, the prayers that were prayed in it.

I didn’t want someone who looked at a book and saw a cover.

I wanted someone who looked at a book…

and opened it…

and dove into it…

and went to the places written about inside it…

and became the characters within it.

I didn’t want someone who finished a book and closed it.

I wanted someone who finished a book and shared it.

I knew by looking at that one tear as it made the journey down Layken’s cheek…that I wasn’t just looking at a tear.

I was looking at someone who saw the world the same way I did.

In words.

Not everyone in my life will always understand my passion.

Not everyone will appreciate it, and that’s okay.  Love exists in many different forms and art is only one of them.

What I do know is that when I find someone who appreciates my passion…it’s important to thank them.

 It’s important to let them know that their passion for my words are what drives my own passion.

It’s more important to hold on to them.

If you’re one who sees the world in words, thank you.

It takes more than a painter,

a writer,

a musician,

a photographer

and a poet

to keep art alive.

It takes people like you who don’t just


the book.

You share it.

100 thoughts on “For you, from Will Cooper.

  1. Awww, Colleen..I’m all teary! Thank you & “Will” for being so appreciative and’re freakin’ awesome like that.

  2. just… WOW…. thank you … appreciation goes both ways to make a connection…
    thanks for connecting me to Will to Joci to Laylen to everyone & especilly to Colleen

  3. It isn’t often that someone can reach inside of me and put into words who i am. Thank you for your words, and for sharing them. I feel connected when i read your books. Someone out there has a heart like mine.

  4. You are truly beyond awesome!! I never discuss books with someone without mentioning you and yours. I’ll ALWAYS share!!


  5. You! I don’t even know where to begin with you. I’m speechless. You make me smile on a daily basis. My heart is about to explode with love and happiness and excitement right now. <—Too cheesy?? LOL. Seriously though, you will never truly know how this makes me feel. You are an amazing woman and I love you… and Will… I especially love Will ;)

    Oh. And don't forget "glorious". I hate "glorious". If you ever put it in a book, heads are gonna roll. Just sayin. I'm warning you now. Haha.

      1. Well crap. It would cause me a great deal of suffering, but you know I would power my way thru it.

  6. “Not everyone in my life will always understand my passion.

    Not everyone will appreciate it, and that’s okay. Love exists in many different forms and art is only one of them.”

    I truly fell in love with this slam.

  7. That was awesome! I didn’t know how much I missed Will’s poetry until I just read this. You should write a book of slam poetry by Will Cooper. I would definitely want to read that! And maybe you can have Griffin recite them on the audio book.

  8. What a wonderful poem. Such passion and live you share. I appreciate every word and can’t wait to see more. :) And happy birthday, Kaci!

  9. Not only did Kaci Blue get a slam written to her by Will, she made it into a blog post. Oh yeah….best birthday of her life!!!

      1. Pretty sure I am fan-girling over you now…the girl who gets a birthday slam from Will and a post on “THE COLLEEN HOOVER’S” blog! Yea…this girl is jealous. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KACI!!!

  10. Your words (and Will’s, and Holder’s, and Daniel’s, and soon-to-be Ridge’s, too) get me every freaking time. I love every single word, on every single page, of every single book you have written, have yet to write, or have yet to even think up.

  11. That was AMAZING!!!! I loved it!!!! I love Will and Layken, and most of all Colleen for being such an inspiring author that I can’t stop talking about! When you read her books you feel as if you really know these characters. You become a family with them. Colleen thank you for sharing them with us! Keep them coming!

  12. Me and my daughter just finished reading this and all she said was……..

    THAT’S ME!!!

    I think Layken has some comp!!

  13. this is just amazing!!!.. Goosebumps!!!.. both of you.. u’re a genius!!!

    I wanted someone who looked at a book…

    and opened it…

    and dove into it…

    and went to the places written about inside it…

    and became the characters within it.

    I didn’t want someone who finished a book and closed it.

    I wanted someone who finished a book and shared it.”

  14. Oh my! I’m in awe. I love Will! I love how he puts his thoughts into words—words that tugs my heart every single time.
    The Slammed Series introduced me to the world of poetry..I was not interested in poetry or Shakespear; hell, I was always so keen in writing school poetry projects because I was so bad at it, don’t even let me start how bad I am in rhyming. But after Slammed, I feel like my inner poetry goddess was unleashed (okay, I’m being over dramatic. But you get what I mean)! I started writing random stuffs in paper or in my head! I’m still not good in poetry but it changed my perception of the whole thing. IT ISNT BORING AT ALL. And that is because of Will & my now favorite author of all time, Colleen (yes, I’m first name basis with you because I know you’ll be cool with that)!
    I may be living in the other side of the planet..and very few people know of you & your works where I’m from. But everytime someone asks me of a book recommendation know that your name & your books are always the first I mention. I may not have hard bounds of your books but I always pre-order the ebooks copy in Amazon.
    Okay so I just wish you see this comment because I’m completely gonna go gaga & full fangirl-mode if you reply. Oh, and keep writing some heart wrenching & inspiring books please! The release date makes me look forward to tomorrow-months-year literally (I’m not a demanding person really, but if you have time…. *wink*)! xxx

  15. Ohhh i can’t breathe… It was awesomeee !! What a birthday gift. I wish you’d write me a slam too but i know it’s impossible :( love you and please dont stop writing slams. They inspire me, and a lot of people. I really love your books, but i am in love with your slams. SERIOUSLY ! I also try to write some slams on my own, but there are not good as i expect it to be. Do you have any suggest for me? I hope you will reply :)) pleaase please LOVE YOU, LOVE WILL, LOVE HOLDER AND LOVE EVERY SINGLE CHARACHTER that you have created <3

  16. WOW I so needed this from Will. I have never written anything on any ones blog. Your characters in all your books are so real. Thank you so very much for being that kind of writer- you are gifted!!!!! Please don’t stop giving.

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