High School Reading Assignments

My daughters were complaining about the books they have as summer reading assignments for their high school reading classes. The issue isn’t with the reading, it is the choice of books that are made available to them. I started to read one of the books and I had to agree with my daughter about the slow start and lack of tension; and this was a book about murder. I understand that English teachers are looking for specific types of books to make the students think, but I wonder if they’ve read the books they are assigning and if they...
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Author Interview

Jim and Frank were interviewed by Silk Screen Views. Drop by and find out about some of the background on writing Duck Blood Soup, how we worked together, and the origins of some of our ideas. I was really happy with the way it turned out because we both answered independently, then the interviewer merged the two sets of answers in to a coherent dialog.  It was pretty impressive. Read the interview here: 
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I Can Relate

I can definitely relate to what Wil Wheaton is feeling. When we pulled the trigger and uploaded Duck Blood Soup to I didn’t think anyone would buy it. If they did buy it, I didn’t think anyone would like it. Turns out I was wrong. There are actually people we don’t know writing good reviews. Of course, now I’ve got the same feelings as we start the second book. What if it sucks? What if the people who liked the first book hate the second? What if we’re one hit wonders? But, we press on and write. Who...
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Writing with a Distant Partner

This is a guest post we did for another site: Writing Duck Blood Soup – Frank Hofer of The Brothers Hofer with edits helpfully provided by James How do you write a novel when your writing partner is two time zones and 1500 miles away? That was the first question we had when Jim suggested that we try our hand at writing a fantasy novel. We had just concluded our ill-fated attempt at writing humor. Our fans were each other and a couple of friends. We knew that our web site would never be The Onion but we were...
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Author Profile – Frank

Frank Hofer lives in Silicon Valley with his wonderful wife, three dogs, and three cats. He used his BS in Computer Science to land a job flying over a dozen one-of-a-kind science satellites. Career highlights over the past ten years include a failed attempt to get the call sign “Gilligan” assigned to his ops team for the joint satellite mission known as “Skipper”, and labeling spacecraft anomaly data “The Big Battery Bake-off”, which oddly enough was not well received. Despite his antics, Frank has managed to survive in an industry known for volatile staffing levels. His current job...
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Author Profile – James

James Hofer lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his amazing wife that he still can’t believe he tricked into marrying him, three wonderful children who regularly argue about who the favorite is, and their various pets. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Food Engineering. James has very nearly been to lots of wonderful and exciting places, including Australia, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East, but for one reason or another never seems to leave North America. James has written...
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