Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Skylar Hoffman. I’m a senior Mass Communication major at the University of Delaware. I had a near death experience that I made me fall in love with writing. I’m not a writer, I consider myself a thinker. I see things and I find a way to produce my ideas. I turned my near death experience into a screenplay titled, “False Advertising” which I’m looking to produce into a feature film. My experiences with the paranormal lead me to write my autobiography, “I Kinda See Dead People: A Spiritual Memoir.” Which is out now! I’m not trying to make money. I want people to know my story and get exposure to help the world. Both the living and dead. That is my purpose.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The movie, “The Sixth Sense” has a famous scene where the boy goes, “I See Dead People.” Many people know this film and the famous quote. I actually can see ghosts but I’m still young and learning about them. My story is told in a joking tone to lighten the subject matter. Therefore, I decided to title my book, “I Kinda See Dead People.” The subtitle, “A Spiritual Memoir” just talks about how the work is my story of self discovery.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I need to see it in my head first. You must experience what you are detailing in some way, shape, or form before you can write about it accurately.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
R.L. Stine, Mary Shelley, Robert Lipsyte, Stephen King, and Myself.
What are you working on now?
I’m about to finish my two screenplays that I’ve neglected on this book journey. I want to balance writing books and writing screenplays. I need a literary agent before I write another book. That way my stories can reach more people.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still learning that much. Definitely use social media to your advantage!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Watch a ton of YouTube videos, you’ll get there soon enough. Don’t listen to the haters, you have a vision, I suggest that you follow it. Everyone will tell you what to do, up until you follow through on your own terms.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t expect anything.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently a college student. Therefore, I’m reading textbooks that I don’t enjoy. I’d like to be reading anything Stephen King. That man is a horror genius!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I took an online course on writing fiction books. I need to read more so that I know what I want to write. I don’t just write books, I prefer to write movies, but I know which medium would best suit a story. I want to come up with a book series about other dimensions. I plan on also writing a book using a pen name about how innocence is lost and make an audience sympathize with a psychopath on death row.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
If I was stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere, I would bring Game of Thrones series with me. I’ve watched the show and really enjoy it. I would have a ton of free time, so thousands of pages of fantasy would be amazing. Plus there’s a lot of erotic material and that would help me be less lonely.