Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi I am Laurencia Hoffman and I am 26.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from Michigan.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I live with my mother, siblings, and five pets. I’m passionate about movies and television. When I’m not writing, I run a floral preservation business with my mother.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that Bad Blood, the first book in the Wages of Sin series, has been re-edited! It also has a new permanent price of 99 cents.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As I said above, I’m passionate about movies. I knew that I wanted to create stories like the ones I’d been watching, developing characters, throwing twists and turns at them, and creating unique love stories. I actually started writing at a young age, but it was song-writing. I upgraded to books when I got older.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As soon as I started taking it seriously and decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I think I was 16.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I don’t remember what sparked the idea. But I had always wanted to write a book about a character who was misjudged by everyone else and how his past mistakes had played into his downfall when he was trying to set things right. It’s always been an interesting concept to me. I guess my muse just happened to strike at the right time and Casting Stones was born!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I wanted something that was relevant to the theme of the book, so Casting Stones was a pretty obvious choice.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like to write with multiple points of view in one scene. I know it’s unusual and unpopular but I’ve always been interested in knowing how other characters are feeling in a scene, not just one. So I write books I would want to read.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are always elements of truth, such as what the characters believe. But otherwise, everything I write is purely fiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Sometimes I would like to travel for inspiration, but I do not have the ability right now.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Rue Volley designed all but two of my covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I like to think there are multiple messages in each of my books, but Casting Stones has the simplest one. Don’t judge people who are different. They might not be what you consider normal, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad people or that it’s okay to persecute them.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
This may sound strange to some, but I don’t read much. Whenever I tried to read a book I kept thinking, “this is time I could be spending writing a book of my own”, so I stopped reading and started writing more.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I don’t have anyone who supported me becoming a published author besides a family member.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I absolutely do. But the reality is that indie authors don’t make enough to live off of.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not so much my latest release, but the first book in the Wages of Sin series. Something happens in the book that both myself and my writing partner regret doing, but now that the event is published (and mentioned in the sequels), it’s too late to change it. So I hope it’s something that we have treated as well as we could. It is an issue we wanted to bring attention to, but had we known that the series would continue for as long as it has, we never would have written that certain event in the first place.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’m not sure that I’ve learned anything except that I never think my writing is good enough. I put a lot of time and effort into what I write, but when I read it, I don’t often see how much work I thought I’d put into it.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
My writing partner and I have discussed this at length! If Wages of Sin is made into a movie, we would want Karl Urban to play Blake Auckley and Winona Ryder to play Melina Collins.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Even if no one else supports you, if you love it, do it. And if you’re struggling with writer’s block, keep writing through it. One sentence a day will get it done eventually, and it’s better than nothing at all.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for your support and I hope that I’ve been able to entertain you with my stories! I am grateful for each and every fan.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
If listening to audiobooks count, I’m listening to Star Wars. 🙂
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but the first one I actually remember reading was about “Bloody Mary”.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good movie and/or some of my characters!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
That’s a hard one for me because there are a few people I’d like to talk to; John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, River Phoenix, Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher…like I said, I couldn’t possibly choose just one. I just want to pick their brains, have conversations with them, get to know them. They’ve all inspired me in one way or another.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Outside of writing, I like to play games, listen to music, sing, and make natural products.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
So many! To name a few, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Gotham, Snatch, The Killing, Prison Break, The Musketeers, and much more!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is chocolate. My favorite color is red. I like a wide variety of music so it’s easier to say what I don’t like, which is hip-hop and country.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would want to be involved in film in some way because I love the storytelling. So I’d either be an actress, video editor, or something along those lines.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t know how to answer this question, so I don’t think I will. I haven’t accomplished enough to know what I’d want it to say.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and I also have a newsletter.
My Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Laurencia-Hoffman/e/B009AXY1G2
No Love Lost: http://smarturl.it/NoLoveLostAmzn
Wages of Sin Bad Blood: http://smarturl.it/BadBloodBk1
Wages of Sin Flesh and Blood: http://smarturl.it/FleshBloodBk2
Wages of Sin Blood, Sweat and Tears: http://smarturl.it/BloodSweatAndTears
A Wish for Remembrance: http://smarturl.it/WishforRemembrance