Friday, February 12, 2010
Spotlight on: Mickey Hoffman
Author of: School of Lies
Publisher: Second Wind Publishing
Release Date: October, 2009
Available from Second Wind Publishing and Amazon
High school teacher Kendra Desola opens an anonymous email and is shocked to find a fake photo showing she's getting way too friendly with male students. She intends to stop this lie before it circulates, but before she can locate the source, the suspicious death of a colleague brings the police on campus.
Kendra now fears the email was a set up, to make it look like she had a motive for murder. What if the cops get wind of the email and buy the "evidence" that she's a child molester, or a murderess, or both? That you can't trust anyone, Kendra already suspects from the get go, but that you can't trust in the truth becomes something she has to learn as she faces off against unknown adversaries to prove her innocence.
AMY: Thank you for joining me. What else would you like to share with us regarding your book?
MICKEY: The book is a mystery with a dose of dark humor. I think that most people have strong high school memories and perhaps suspected that their teachers were not showing their true selves while on the job.
AMY: Were there any surprises that came about while you were writing School of Lies, or did you story stick with the plan you had set?
MICKEY: The characters tried very hard to take over and I had to reign them in. It's hard to boss teachers around and as for adolescents, do I have to say more?
AMY: What inspired you to write this book or these particular characters?
MICKEY: Although this book is fiction, I want readers to know that the book draws inspiration from my years as a Special Education teacher. Many of my real life experiences were so bizarre that these things were almost unreal when they happened. So why not write a novel?
AMY: Tell the readers about your writing journey and how you ended up with your publisher.
MICKEY: I almost had to write the book so it wasn't really a journey to get that far. The writing part wasn't too difficult but then came the revisions and those were incredibly painful. After I got the book into "shape" I did what everyone does, I guess. I sent query letters out to agents and publishers that publish my genre. I am happy and grateful that one, Second Wind Publishing, accepted my book.
AMY: If there is one piece of advice you could give an unagented / unpublished author, what would it be?
MICKEY: Make sure you are committed to going through with the process and develop a very, very thick skin.
AMY: Besides School of Lies, which we highlighted here, have you published other books or are there some that are yet to be released?
MICKEY: School of Lies was my first book. I have a project in the works but let's leave that for another time.
AMY: How can we find you on the internet (facebook, twitter, myspace, blog, website addresses)
MICKEY: My website is www.mickeyhoffman com
My blog is www.mickeyhoffman.wordpress.com
My facebook page is under my name.
AMY: Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?
MICKEY: No animals or humans were actually harmed in the making of my novel.
AMY: Is there anything you would like to ask the readers?
MICKEY: I'd love to hear from you after you've read my book! You can send me comments on my website.
AMY: Readers, are there any questions you would like to ask Mickey?
Mickey Hoffman has been generous enough give away an autographed copy of School of Lies. I am sorry but this is limited to U.S. residents only, due to the cost of postage. If you would like a chance to win the book, simply comment and leave your e-mail address. A winner will be picked and announced Saturday night. Good luck.
Posted by Amy DeTrempe