Monday, December 4, 2017

Interview - Bad Blood by Laurencia Hoffman and Sophie Smith

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

My name is Jolene Poole, but I write as Laurencia Hoffman because that name looks better on a book cover! I've been writing this series with my friend Sophie Smith for about five years now. We both have a love of dark, gritty, violent vampires. I think the main draw to writing in horror is being able to be dark and violent without shocking people by what we come up with. For us, it's freedom.

What inspired you to write this book?

We really go by our muses, so mine was Winona Ryder. I thought about the roles she had played and how none of them were really of her as a heroine, or full of action, so I wanted to create a character who was fierce using her face as my inspiration. That's how Melina Collins was born! I knew my writing partner Sophie Smith from a roleplaying website (that's how all of this started, if you can believe it). One day, I saw that she had created a vampire with the face of Karl Urban as her inspiration. I thought our characters might hit it off, so we threw them together and got a whole series out of it!

Please tell us about your latest release.

Our latest release is the third book in the Wages of Sin series, so I don't want to spoil anything. What I will say is that new storylines and characters are introduced in every book. And with each book, the storyline becomes more complex, as does the lives of our poor characters.

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

That's really tough because I love all my characters. But my favorites (so far) are Melina Collins and Izzy Auckley. They are both unique in their own way. They're strong, vulnerable, feisty, and kind. Sophie's favorite character to write is definitely Blake Auckley.

Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?

I absolutely plan everything. I think Sophie does to a point. What we do is cast our characters first, we choose a face for each one before we start writing them. Then the traits of the character come to us based on who we've chosen to portray them. We call it an's like a fan-cast but we're authors. Hehe.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

Tough without revealing spoilers! I think my favorite scene is one that sticks out in my mind, when Izzy reveals her identity to her father. It's the way she goes about it, so bluntly and with a bit of attitude, yet calmness.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

I always have writer's block. The most I get to is page fifty before it really stops me. From that point on, the book is written at a snail's pace. It takes me years to finish a novel by myself. The only reason Wages of Sin has turned into eleven plus books is because of Sophie Smith. We write well together and find it so much each easier to write with someone else than alone, the passion and inspiration for the story never fades. The only way to deal with writer's block is to push through it, to write around it. Even if I only write a page a day, that would turn into a large book in a year's time. So just keep plugging away at it, and eventually, it will be finished.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes, I do. And I love it!

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?

Actually, no. I go wherever my inspiration takes me. I've written in so many different genres; fantasy, horror, paranormal, thriller, romance, contemporary, and even western. Whatever comes into my head is what ends up on paper, doesn't matter what it is or where it came from. I write whatever inspires me.

When did you consider yourself a writer?

I've always considered myself a writer, but I started taking it more seriously when I was around sixteen and decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life.

Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?

I love to sing and listen to music. I also make personal care products. And I'm very lucky to have an occupation that allows me to be creative (I run a flower preservation and design company with my mother). So while I'm working, I can brainstorm storylines, listen to music, and sing all at the same time.

What can readers expect next from you?

While I have several unpublished novels that I hope will see the light of day eventually, Wages of Sin is our main focus. We want to make it as successful as possible before moving on to solo projects.

Where can readers find you on the web?

I can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

Melina knew he wanted to help, but she wondered just how far he was willing to go. If he really wanted to help her, he could kill her. He could end her miserable existence, so she wouldn’t have to be alone and wouldn’t have to live with the guilt. It would eat her alive. It was enough to drive her insane.
“ your maker, I order you to end my life.”
Blake's brow furrowed as he stared at her. She scrambled from the floor to kneel at his feet, her fingers clutching at the trim of his coat.
“Please don’t say no,” she said. “Just think of it. You’ll never have to see me again!”
He didn’t know how to react, never mind what to say to her. What she was requesting of him simply could not be done. In a moment of blind rage, he would have been capable, but Blake had never been one to kill on orders.
“Get off me!” he growled as he tugged his coat free from her clutches. “You think dying is the answer? Then do it yourself. Don’t ask it of me.”
Growling, he lifted her from the ground and forced her near to him. He thought it was best to be tough with her, considering it was probably the only way to get through to her in this state.
“You need to stop this right now, or you’re going to drive yourself mad. And probably me along with you.”
“You’re right,” she whispered. “What would he say? He’d be ashamed.”
Blake released her from his grip. Approaching the entrance, he mumbled to her, “We have to leave. I can’t bear being in this place any longer. I need some entertainment.”
Stepping out into the daylight, he was forced to squint. It was easy for their kind to adjust to the darkness, but not the sunlight.
“Come out, Melina. I’m not leaving you here alone,” he called out.
She wiped her eyes again and straightened her composure. She was still quite ladylike, and she didn’t want to go out in public looking like a mess.
“Fine. Have it your way. You may regret this someday, you know.”
Melina stepped out of the crypt, her eyes narrowing as they adjusted to the brightness of the sun.

“There are a lot of things I regret, Melina,” he said. “I don’t mind adding this to the list.”

Bad Blood
Wages of Sin
Book One
Laurencia Hoffman
and Sophie Smith

Genre: Horror/Paranormal

Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing

Date of Publication: 4/3/2016

ISBN: 1532872887

Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 70,000

Cover Artist: Rue Volley

Tagline: Not all monsters live in dreams...some are real and they walk among us.

Book Description:

Vampire, Blake Auckley develops a wild and rebellious nature that puts him and all humans who are unlucky enough to make his acquaintance in danger. Abandoned by his maker, Melina, the night he was created, Blake is used to being on his own, but when she suddenly reappears in his life, it changes his world yet again.

Though forgiving and forgetting the past is hard, Blake and Melina attempt to put their differences aside and repair their relationship. However, with dark secrets and old wounds marking their souls, Blake's enemies not far behind, and so many obstacles still ahead they must fight to survive the danger, as well as each other.

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“Why did you turn me, Melina? Why did you take my life?”
“What are you going to do? Kill me? And here I thought we were getting along so well,” she said with a chuckle.
Blake considered the idea of destroying her there and then; how satisfying it would have been, even if that feeling would only last a moment. But, realistically, he knew that he would still be left with unanswered questions, and the prospect of Silas hunting him down. It would just prove to be more of a hindrance than anything else.
His grip relaxed and then fell from around her throat. “I don’t know why I waste so much energy despising you. Think of what I could accomplish if you didn’t burden my mind.”
Clearly angry that he had been aggressive, her slender fingers clutched his neck and threw him to the floor.
“You’re stronger than I thought you would be, but do not forget your place. It would not matter if I were merely a year older than you; every year counts. Your elders are stronger than you, even if it’s only by a sliver. If you forget that, you may become vulnerable. And in a fight between you and them, you would lose.”
 “You’re attractive when you’re angry,” he said with a smirk.
With a roll of her eyes, Melina released him, got back to her feet, and then composed herself.
However disrespectful he was toward her, he had asked her a question, and it was only polite for Melina to respond.
“I was desperate, lonely, and hungry when I turned you. There was something about your eyes...something that indicated that immortality would suit you.” Her answer was simple. Blake could tell by her answer that she hadn’t put much thought into turning him. “Any other questions?”
“Have I become just what you imagined, your perfect progeny?” That, most of all, was what irked him. She had been so thoughtless, so careless with his life.
“I’m not sure. I don’t really know you, so I can’t make any assumptions. You could use a lesson in manners, though.”

About the Authors:

Laurencia Hoffman is the author of Casting Stones, Bittersweet, A Wish for Remembrance, Life and Death, No Love Lost, and co-author of The Wages of Sin series.

When she's not writing, she also enjoys making her own line of natural products, satisfying her sweet tooth, and watching films.

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Sophie Smith is the co-author of the Wages of Sin series. When she's not writing, she enjoys gaming, blogging, and watching her favorite shows.

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