Interview with Samantha Hoffman

Published 2015-02-04.
When did you first start writing?
I've been a writer for as long as I can remember. When I was in the first grade, I wrote my first short story about a young girl who was friends with a group of frogs that lived in a pond near her home. One day, she discovered that the frogs had been captured by an evil witch who intended to turn them into frog legs. At the time, seven year old me thought this was a disgusting horror. It wouldn't be until many years later that I tried frog legs myself and found that I quite enjoyed them (and yes, this story did flash through my mind!). The young girl tricks the witch and rescues her froggy friends and they all live happily ever after together. I have it bound and illustrated with the terrible images that only a seven year old can draw, and it's one of my favorite possessions. It's still in the top of my closet, and I do reread it from time to time to see just how far I've come.
What are you working on next?
Once I finish the conclusion to my Zombie Apocalypse trilogy, I have several new projects planned out. I'm not sure where I'll start, but I'm hoping to try some new things. I have plans for more inclusive character casts, as well as an attempt at a different writing style. Of course paranormal romance is my favorite genre to write, so I have many plans for more stories involving vampires and werewolves (as well as some about mermaids, demi-gods, aliens, dragons, and witches), but I also want to try my hands at epic fantasy and maybe pure romance.
What motivated you to try self-publishing?
Honestly, I tried to go the traditional route for awhile. I sent out several query letters to several different agents after I finished my first book, but I didn't get any bites. I began looking into an alternative way to get my story out there to be read and hopefully enjoyed, and stumbled upon self-publishing. After discovering many were having some success with it, I decided to give it a try. I'm very happy with my decision to become a self-published author, because it has allowed me to keep all of the creative decisions for my books in my own hands, and I have the last say on everything from publication dates, to covers, to prices.
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Arena Wars Trilogy
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Series: Dark Heritage. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 207,650. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Tales of Terror from Survivors (Zombie Apocalypse #3.5)
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Zombie World (Zombie Apocalypse #3)
Series: Zombie Apocalypse, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 162,060. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
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Dark Possession (Dark Heritage #3)
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Zombie Country (Zombie Apocalypse #2)
Series: Zombie Apocalypse, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,210. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
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Dark Revenge (Dark Heritage #2)
Series: Dark Heritage, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,400. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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