Interview with Christina Hoffman

1) How would you describe your book, it’s genre?
I call my book Contemporary Romance (18+). I wasn’t sure about going into this steamier territory, and started off trying to write a book that went “fade to black. . . “ when the action started; but this particular story couldn’t be told without very intimate scenes. It’s tricky to be truthful about the experience without using either a lot of fluffy euphemisms or pretty coarse “straight-up” talk. It made me realize we don’t have a great vocabulary for discussing sex.
2) How long have you been writing? How long did it take to write your book?
This is my first Contemporary Romance. It has take me about two and a half months to write, though there was a fair bit of thinking about it before I ever sat down at the computer.
3) Is it a stand alone novel, or part of a series?
This book is a stand alone. I know it is very popular to write books in pieces, so your fans are dying for the next instalment. I get that, and well done to the people who do it well. I myself, though, hate when I get to the end of a book and don’t feel some kind of sense of completion, so I’m writing for the people who feel the same way I do!
4) If it’s a stand alone would you consider making it part of a series?Why or why not?
I would absolutely consider making it a series. I love these characters. If readers like the story and seem interested, then I am more than ready to write the next part of their lives together. The whole thing is already in my head! It’s just a matter of being able to justify the time it will take to get it all down on paper.
5) Who are your main characters in your story and how would you describe them?
My heroine is Madison Spencer. She’s a 23-year-old medical student recovering from a recent trauma. She used to love life and feel passionately about everything; but now she is closed-off and shut down. She feels safe, but she is also achingly lonely. She is ready to push her own boundaries a little to try to get her old self back.

My hero is Liam Mason. He’s a 27-year-old emergency resident who offers Madison a chance to re-experience the physical side of things, no strings attached. Lots of fun, no broken hearts. He’s afraid of commitment because of his parents’ miserable marriage, and wants to keep things casual. But he’s actually aching for a intimacy, too and his feelings for Madison threaten to topple the carefree facade. So, they’re both willing to take a chance, but things don’t go so smoothly.
6) Is there any symbolism in the book that you’d care to share with potential readers?
Hmm. That’s an interesting question. I certainly wasn’t thinking of any as I wrote it, but looking at it now there’s a lot of water! It’s winter in Seattle, so it’s just raining all the time. And some interesting moments happen in the shower. I was really going for a sense of the reawakening of two people, so the rain, the springtime arriving could have been a part of that. I like the idea of second chances, of being washed clean and getting to start again.
7) Do any of the characters resemble you? How about friends or relatives?
I wouldn’t say the characters resemble me. But I think I knew a Liam way back. Of course I was younger and sort of stupid and didn’t recognize the goodness under the bravado. Maybe I should have married him! Ah well. That’s a whole different story. Maybe Madison will be wiser than I was. . .
8) Describe where you do your writing.
Oh, this is humiliating. You know, I procrastinated so long trying to set up this perfect little “office” area for myself — flea market desk, cute shelves, bulletin boards. You get the picture. But when I finally just kicked myself in the butt and got writing, it turned out that the only time there was really any peace was at night with everyone asleep. And it’s freezing where I am, so I write in bed with my little laptop on my knees! It’s giving me wicked backaches, though; so maybe if the book’s a success, I’ll be able to write in the daylight at my desk.
Published 2014-04-09.
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