First up today is author N. L. Hoffmann…she’s pretty cool and her first book Blood Slaves is awesome 🙂
She can be found at the following sites…
Book Trailer for Blood Slaves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2upxs_Hph0
Author Interview – N. L. Hoffmann
*Describe yourself in five words? Crazy, weird, immature, perfectionist, shy
*What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? Women’s fiction… and “Padded room.”
*What fact about yourself would really surprise people? How weird I am. I didn’t show the husband what I was like until we got married. Now, I think he may need therapy. They probably won’t be able to help him. There is no cure for N.L. Hoffmann Syndrome.
*What are you addicted to? Chocolate, beef jerky, books, writing, painting my nails, sleep, sitting, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Justified, junk food, egg rolls… I can’t think of anything else.
*What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right? They assume that I am always shy and won’t stand up for myself. That is completely false. They are right about me wanting to help people and that occasionally I do take showers. ß that is a joke. I do shower. :O
*How do you work through self-doubts and fear? Just force myself to take a leap without actually thinking it through. Most of my life I have over analyzed things so I wouldn’t accomplish anything outside my usual. Sometimes you just have to step outside of what you consider safe.
*What scares you the most? Being a failure. Being known as a failure.
*What makes you happiest? Connecting with people who understand me. My sense of humor is hard to understand a lot of times, so when I do find someone that can get me, I try to hold on to them until they manage to pry my fingers off of their arms.
*What’s your greatest character strength? My ability to adapt and solve problems.
*What’s your weakest character trait? I have trust issues. Wait, why do you want to know?
*What are you most proud of in your personal life? Besides keeping my kids alive for thirteen years… actually publishing my book.
*What do you hope your obituary will say about you? After DNA testing we have confirmed she is human.
*What other jobs have you had in your life? That’s a secret. –stares suspiciously-
*If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Somewhere that doesn’t go over 80 degrees…
*Tell us about your family? I have three amazing kids who inherited my creepiness. I have a husband that I love, who tolerates my creepiness. I also have an amazing mom and dad who made me creepy, but have supported me my entire life in whatever I wanted to do.
*How much sleep do you need to be your best? I will tell you when I figure that out.
*If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Darynda Jones!!! <3 Cristy Rey, Shakuita Johnson, Steve Yzerman… And I dunno who else.
*What’s your favorite meal? Anything my dad cooks. I miss his food.
*What movie do you love to watch? Anything that makes me laugh. This Means War… I think that is the name of it.
*If you could do any job in the world what would you do? WRITE! And computer forensics. I like it. I like it a lot.
*What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? Writing, my children, my husband, anything that’s positive.
*What makes you angry? Getting out of bed.
*What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life? I don’t think I have one. If something embarrassing happens to me I just laugh along with it.
*Are you a city slicker or a country lover? I am the lover of where it doesn’t take me more than 15 minutes to get to a decent grocery store and a Biggby Coffee… which we don’t have here. -cries-
*What would you love to produce in your life? A novel that becomes well known
*How important are friends in your life? VERY. I have a scrapbook of pictures of different moments in their lives, like where they are sleeping.
*What does love mean to you? That it’s okay to pass gas and not wear deodorant sometimes. Love means… they accept you for who you are and not try to change you. That no matter how long you are together you try to keep the passion going.
*When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? Anything. I like to research random things. Like where the heck did tucking your shirt in come from????
*Do you find the time to read? Usually when I am in the bathroom.
*Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. Weeping Angels by Cristy Rey. I will be reading it as soon as I am done with Darynda Jones recent book.
*Who do you admire? My Mom. She is always there for me when I need it and always trying to make something more of herself.
The Professional questions
Why do you write? It’s my escape from reality.
Have you always enjoyed writing? Since I was in middle school! I was a loser and well, making my own awesome world always seemed like a good idea.
What motivates you to write? Knowing people actually like my writing.
What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like) The one I have coming out August 1, 2014 (Shadow Cursed). I feel like this is better than my first book, Blood Slaves
What books did you love growing up? Anything with horses! Horses, horses, and more horses.
Who is your favorite author? Darynda Jones!!!
What book genre of books do you adore? Paranormal romance, uban fantasy, romance, crime / mystery.
Is writing a gift or a curse? A gift, not many people have it, so you might as well cherish it.
What book should everybody read at least once? Mine.
Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? Non-fiction, self help… just real life stuff.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I am a military brat, so I was born in Germany and lived in a few different places. Finally, in middle school we settled down in Michigan. I live in Missouri now.
How did you develop your writing? My dad started to teach me about writing. From there as I got older I felt a need to be inside a different world, so I made my own by writing. I used to have an English teacher that would accept each chapter I wrote as an assignment instead of making me do the normal work.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Depends… finding an agent is hard. Marketing also takes up a lot of time as a self-published writer.
What marketing works for you? I have yet to figure out the best option.
Do you find it hard to share your work? Yes, because it’s a piece of me.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My family is very supportive. Mom and Dad have encouraged me from day one. My Aunt Wendy has offered her advice and life experiences to help me. My cousin Kristine also encouraged me. Cristy Rey, Terri, Seregon O’Dassey, and Ruth give me my confidence. Then my wonderful friends have always believed in me… there are too many to name and I doubt anyone would like reading twenty of them. You all know who you are!
Do you plan to publish more books? Of course!
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I have a job in an office.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? On my computer. I used to hand write everything.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? Cristy Rey, Seregon O’Dassey, Shakuita Johnson, Darynda Jones, Rhys Christopher Ethan.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Everyone I have listed from my family to my friends.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? I’ve always wanted to get published by a traditional publisher. Find an agent and be published by one of the big ones.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? I have a new book coming out August 1, 2014. It is the second book in my The Daughters of Darkness series. Book one is Blood Slaves. I wrote Shadow Cursed to continue on with the story. When Blood Slaves came out a lot of people told me I should continue on the series. So that was when Shadow Cursed began. The following is the blurb for Shadow Cursed. It wouldn’t be as awesome if I had made it. Cristy put it together and it does an excellent job giving you an idea of the book.
“U.S. Marshal, Jacey Noble, has just taken a well-deserved vacation when one of her fugitives ends up murdered. Detective Trent Vinolva is less than enthusiastic to take on a new partner, especially the hot-blooded Jacey. When they encounter a werewolf at the scene, Jacey is thrust into a new world of supernatural beings and high-stakes encounters with no one else to turn to but Trent.
Jacey discovers that she’s a Shadow, one of an order of powerful beings that are able to manipulate darkness. Amidst the whirlwind of discovering her newly activated powers, Jacey must solve the murder while battling sexual tension with Detective Vinolva. Things get interesting when the pair is led to Jacey’s demon father and her flame throwing sister. Finding herself in a new world on the brink of supernatural war, Jacey doesn’t know who to trust. She must rely on instinct to traverse the unknown.
With the Supernatural Council and Trent, Jacey attempts to accomplish the impossible: evade the Shadows who are on her tail and solve a murder. The only assurance in Shadow Cursed is uncertainty. Jacey must journey down a trail of mystery, destruction, and romance.”
What’s your next project? My next project is book three of The Daughters of Darkness series, which is called Death Design. I also have another series that will be begin called Dark Angels of Valhalla.