Colleen Hoover (Margaret Colleen Fennell) (born December 11, 1979) was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She got her bachelor's degree in social work from Texas A&M-Commerce. She worked as a social worker and instructor before she began writing.
In January 2012, Hayes released her debut novel, Slammed. 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.
Since then, Hoover has over 20 titles under her name. Some of her works have gone on to become international and New York Times bestsellers. Hoover's novels are usually categorized as New Adult and Young Adult romance books, although she has also written in the psychological thriller genre.
Screen adaptations of Hoover's work include an American drama television series, based on the novel Confess that premiered in April 2017. The first screenplay for It Ends with Us was completed in late 2021. "Verity" is another potential film based on the book. In October 2021 it was announced that the project is currently in development at Amazon Studios.
“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”
― Colleen Hoover