Oh my gosh, you guys! I’ve got another author interview and the book she wrote is perfect for this time of year. Zara Hoffman is the author of The Belgrave Legacy and it’s a perfect story to add to your TBR list as the days get shorter and our imaginations lean toward the spooky and mystical. The story has witches, prophecies, demons and magic. It’s a fight for good over evil. It’s great!
Zara and I worked together on the new candle, Caleb, who is the main male character in The Belgrave Legacy. I hope you’ll get one to go along with your copy of The Belgrave Legacy. Zara also took some time out of her busy schedule to speak with us. I hope you enjoy reading about this new and talented author!
Hi Zara! Thanks so much for taking some time to talk with us today. I know you are a college student and are currently in school – so your time is super valuable!
Speaking of being a writer and a college student – how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was 8, so 11 years now! Wow, times go fast.
And how do you balance writing, school and the work you do with authors?
School comes first (though as a writer, it should be writing comes first—I’m working on flipping the priorities). I do most homework immediately as it comes in (e.g. Statistics), or I’m a month ahead (both my English classes and my Abnormal Psych class) when it’s just assigned reading. Then I spend a little too much time on Netflix, write when I have free time, and somehow juggle 2 internships & a burgeoning editing business, too. I’ve tried to explain it, but even I don’t fully know how I accomplish all of it.
The Belgrave Legacy is the story that inspired the candle, Caleb. Can you tell us how this story presented it self to you and how it came to be what will be released on October 31st?
The story came to me in a dream, as cheesy as it sounds. The final product is the kernel of that dream, some aspects of an earlier story, and a lot of imagination. I actually wrote a whole blog post about this very topic.
When I visited your Goodreads page, I saw quite a few other works listed. Tell us about what you have written and what’s to come for future writing projects?
Besides The Belgrave Daughter, which is no longer available on its own—except for email subscribers—and The Belgrave Legacy, which is coming in 5 days, and currently available for preorder, everything else on my Goodreads profile are upcoming books. A lot of people always tell me they’re interested in my new stories as I come up with them, but it will take a while for me to write all of the books in the queue, so I added them to Goodreads so people wouldn’t forget about their interest between the time they first hear of the story and the time it will actually come out.
As readers we love to get to know authors better – what books or authors inspired you as a writer?
Oh, geez. There were so many. Books first (from authors who I don’t consider my direct inspiration): The Giver, Alex Rider series (technically only the first two books), Coraline, Percy Jackson series, The Golden Compass, and probably more, but I’ll leave it at that. Authors (and their books that made me love them: Jane Austen for Pride and Prejudice, JK Rowling for Harry Potter (duh), James Patterson Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment.
And of course – we l-o-v-e book recommendations! Do you have any favorites you’d like to share that you read in 2016?
Dracula, The Score, November 9, Jane Eyre, Hitched: Volume 1, Hamilton: The Revolution, Hitched: Volume 2, Hitched: Volume 3, The Silence of the Lambs, Kartography, and The Goal were all interesting. Some were obviously epic, while others were just entertaining. Despite the variety, I recommend them all.
Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us!
Thank you for having me, and for making such a perfect candle for The Belgrave Legacy’s leading man, Caleb.