Saturday, February 12, 2011

Author Interview- Amanda Von Hoffmann

Today, I am interviewing author Amanda Von Hoffmann who writes Young Adult fiction. Amanda Von Hoffmann was born in San Bernardino, California. When she was four years old, her family moved to a tiny town in New York so far north that Canada was practically in her backyard. She spent much of her childhood reading, playing Nintendo and making up stories. She attended a local college, and in 2004 she graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a M.A. in English and Communications. Currently she works at a public library where she is happily surrounded by books and people that love books as much as she does. She is a mother, daydreamer, gamer geek and coffee addict. Behind Green Glass is her first published novel. You can find more information about her at

Here latest book is Behind Green Glass. Here is a little about it-

Isolde is a shy and artistic sixteen-year-old who moves into a house rumored to be haunted. When she discovers a shard of green glass, a new world opens for her. Through the glass she sees Lyric, who mistakenly believes that he is a ghost, and other ethereally beautiful creatures. As their mystery unfolds, Isolde learns that they are not ghosts, but The Forgotten Ones, fairies cast out of their realm, labeled imperfect for their physical and mental differences. Isolde's friendship with Lyric and The Forgotten Ones teaches her that sometimes our imperfections can also be our greatest strengths.

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Favorite color- Green
Favorite author- Margaret Atwood or Juliet Marillier
Favorite book/books- Catcher in the Rye, Daughter of the Forest, Anne of Green Gables, The Hunger Games Trilogy...I love so many books for different reasons.
Zodiac sign- Leo
Place of your dreams- A place near the ocean with plenty of seafood and coffee nearby.
Your motto- Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you laugh at yourself, you can view others as laughing with you instead of at you. Humility is healthy.

The serious questions

1. Is the life of a writer as you imagined it to be?

Ans. Not entirely. Writers do a lot more networking than I realized before I was published. I’m shy, so this can be challenging. I’m getting better at it, and meeting a lot of great new people in the process.

2. What genre do you write and why?

Ans. YA fantasy. I read YA fantasy, and I’ve been inspired by authors like Juliet Marillier, L.A. Meyer and Libba Bray. Teen characters can have a lot of adventures, and I prefer to imagine a world where magic is possible.

3. What inspires you the most?

Ans. Books and nature. I live in a rural area that is so beautiful it practically begs to be written about.

4. What kind of characters/settings do you like?

Ans. I like quirky characters--people that are flawed but still wonderful. Lately, I like steampunk settings. I'm captivated by a world that is both sci-fi and historic.

5. As a reader, would you prefer to read comedy, romance or sci-fi/fantasy? (The one which is the closest to your interests)

Ans. Sci-fi/fantasy with a little romance mixed in.

6. Have you ever suffered the dreaded writer's block? How do you deal with it?

Ans. Yes. I have suffered from writer’s block, but more often I struggle to find time to write. Being a responsible adult is time-consuming!

7. What message would you like to give you fans?

Ans. Don’t limit your imagination, and read what you like instead of what other people tell you to read.

Thank you Amanda for sharing your valuable writing experiences.

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