Sunday, March 09, 2014

Author Interview: Toni Hofman: Panoramal Romance Debut Novel: Soulless

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Toni Hofman has been writing romances since she was thirteen years old and loving every minute of it. She is the recipient of a B.A. in English from Florida State University, a M.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a previous participant in UIC’s Program for Writers.  For the past 10 years, she has worked as a proposal writer and manager, focused on helping employers and clients win multi-million dollar federal and state contracts. Soulless is her debut novel and first foray into publishing.  She lives in Southern California with her family.

What career did you plan during your education days
 I planned on being an English Professor.

What is your favorite genre and why?
My favorite genre is paranormal romance because it has so many different ways that the story can be constructed.  It can have suspense, intrigue, mystery, and action.  That's why I love it, and love what I write so much.

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?
I started writing when I was eleven years old and never stopped.  I love to entertain, as well as have a moral stream within my writing as well.

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a
 synopsis of your work?
Soulless is my first published novel.  Here's a brief synopsis:

Fairfield Detective Alexis (Alex) Martinez is in pursuit of a killer so brutal, he holds an entire city in the grip of terror. His victims are picked at random; their torture and mutilation, unspeakable. As the body count rises, Alex’s investigation puts her among the hunted—not by the serial, but by a much greater threat: a secret society with members imbedded inside world governments, law enforcement and every walk of life. Their prime objective is to avert discovery, and when her investigation comes too close to revealing their existence, Alex becomes a target. The only one that can save her is the trained assassin they’ve sent to kill her; someone who has already infiltrated her heart and mind, and who may be the monster she’s been chasing all along.

David Jason Sawyer is a predator with the face of an angel, his mind a weapon as equally formidable as his body, prince of a powerful hidden society believed to represent the next step in man’s evolution: Family. Their physiology has evolved to consume bio-energy directly. They’re stronger. They age at an incredibly decelerated rate. With their extraordinary ability to heal, they’re close to invincible. And they feed on humans to survive.

Since childhood, Sawyer has been trained to manipulate and entrap on reflex, to put emotion second and Family first; yet one moment of weakness, sparing the very detective that hunts him, the woman he has grown to love, makes him a dangerous threat his people cannot tolerate.

Now, light must join forces with darkness as Alex and David struggle to stay one step ahead of an invisible army out to silence them both.

What are your forthcoming writings?
I'm currently writing the sequel to Soulless entitled Soulless: The Fallen.

What are your future plans?

I'd like to finish the Soulless trilogy and move on to other stories I've mapped out.

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

My toddler!  I work full time and have a two year old on top of writing, so I'm always busy, but I love every minute of it.

Your favorite time of the day?
 I love the early morning when the whole world is still and the sky is completely dark.  It's incredibly peaceful and the absolute best time to write.

Your favorite color and why?
Black. It goes with everything!

Your favorite book and why?
The Talisman by Stephen King, just for the quality of writing and story telling.

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 Twitter handle: @tonihofman

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