Laurencia Hoffman was born and raised (with the exception of a few years in Canada) in Michigan. She’s had a notebook in her hand since she was old enough to write. Becoming a published author has been a dream of hers for years, and she will continue to write books and hopefully entertain the world of readers.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I run two small businesses with my mother in Holly, Michigan. Our first business is floral preservation. We also run a shop called Serenity Healing Alternatives, where we offer alternative healing methods as well as natural body products, and crystals! Somehow I find the time to write in all of that.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I started writing songs, and then it turned into stories. At one point I wanted to be an actress, but I’m more of a behind-the-scenes type of person. I’ve written several books, and if I remember correctly, I completed my first novel when I was a teenager, though my first published work was a novella. I was about twenty when it was published.
Is there an author or book that influenced you in any way?
This may sound silly, but I’ve stayed away from books. It’s not that I’ve never read one before, or that I don’t like to read, but one day I just thought, “I would rather be writing my own stories than reading someone else’s.” Also, I wanted to be able to say that my stories were original, that I wasn’t influenced by anyone else. I think a lot of stories and movies/tv shows can have similar elements, and if anyone ever said to me, “this sounds a lot like insert-popular-book-here”, I’d be able to reply, “It wasn’t intentional, I’ve never read it!”
Where did you get your ideas?
Usually from songs, or television. I could be listening to a song or watching a movie, and suddenly an idea, character, or scene will pop into my head. I never plan them, they just come to me at random.
Is there anything in Bittersweet based on real-life experience or is it purely imagination?
Bittersweet was purely imagination. I try to create real-life situations in most of my stories, because I want the story to hit a nerve, but Bittersweet wasn’t inspired by anything specific.
What was your favorite part to write?
I think Rowan and Cade, the two main characters, were equal favorites. I really like the idea of people finding love later in life, after they’ve resigned themselves to never finding it.
If you could go back and do it all over again, is there anything you would want to change?
Honestly, I don’t feel that way about any of my books. Some of them might need a bit of updating, but I’ve never read my stories and wanted to change anything major.
What are you working on now?
I don’t have a title for it yet, but it’s a fantasy about two warriors – a man and a woman – who meet and fall in love, but they encounter great obstacles trying to keep them apart. It’s a story I’ve been wanting to write for a while, so I really hope I’m able to finish it. Wish me luck!
Now that you are published, what’s been some of the hardest criticism you’ve dealt with? Best compliment?
One or two people have said that there are some holes in my first published book that aren’t explained or expanded upon, but I wouldn’t say that’s a hard criticism. I think one of the worst things someone has said about me being a published author is that it doesn’t count as an accomplishment, because I’m only published independently, not with one of the “big” companies. The best compliment was from a reviewer who said, “My only complaint was that I wanted the story to be longer. I was left longing for more. I think that says everything when an author can do that to you. I’m looking forward to reading more by Ms. Hoffman.”
Any advice you’d like to share with aspiring writers?
If this is something you really love, don’t listen to anyone else. Always follow your dreams. Doing what you love – professionally, as a side-job, or as a hobby – is the best thing you can do for yourself. Never stop writing, and never give up. There is always someone who wants to read your stories.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Thank you for your support! I truly appreciate every one of you. Thank you for taking the time to read the stories I’ve put my heart and soul into.
Now for a few fun questions…
Red, without a doubt. I like just about any shade, as long as it’s not obnoxious.
I’m a lover of movies. I couldn’t possibly choose just one, but the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is a good start.
Favorite TV show?
At the moment…
Favorite place to write?
My bedroom, because I can close the door and pretend that nothing outside it exists. That’s how I’m able to focus. As soon as that door opens, my concentration goes out the window!
Last question and possibility the most important…what brand of cereal best describes you and why?
Gosh, I’d have to say Cocoa Puffs, because I go cuckoo for chocolate. It’s a great motivator for writing!
Don’t Miss Bittersweet, Available Now!Bittersweet by Laurencia Hoffman
Published by Eternal Press on 2015-07-21
Length: 154 pages
Cade and Rowan met when they were young. Their families have feuded for years but that does not stop them from developing a friendship that leads to something more. When Rowan’s father learns that they are seeing one another, a fight breaks out between the two families. Cade’s family is forced to flee for their lives.
Twenty-five years later, Rowan and Cade meet again by chance. Their feelings for each other never really left, but Rowan is now a married woman with a daughter. They decide to rekindle their romance, even though they know that danger will follow them.