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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Samantha Hoffman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Romance

Audience: Adult;


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Hoffman lives and writes in Chicago, and graduated from DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Samantha Hoffman is a runner, reader, film buff, tech geek, blogging queen, personal assistant, chef, wine enthusiast, volunteer, animal lover, sister, friend, lover of life, and…oh yes, a writer. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul, The Corner Magazine in London and numerous other print and online publications. She also writes a popular blog about life in Chicago, at What More Could You Wish For, is her debut novel, and she is currently hard at work on her second.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

What More Could You Wish For: A Novel
ISBN: 1250003032

St. Martin's Griffin. 2012

Libby Carson has a great life - a thriving business, a family she adores, and a steady guy who's sweet and reliable. Life is good - nice and tidy. Until, that is, on her fiftieth birthday when her boyfriend does the unthinkable: He proposes.
Libby's been down the marriage road before and it just didn't work. While she's trying to persuade her guy to keep things status quo, she reconnects online with her high-school boyfriend and begins an email correspondence...just for fun.
But fun soon turns to flirtation and Libby is startled to feel some stirrings of the passion she felt at seventeen. How is that possible? She thought she had things all figured out. Now she must take stock of her life and everyone in it, to answer for herself the question everyone has been asking: What more could you wish for?

Hoffman's first novel about falling in and out of love in midlife is an easy read. It's also a must-read for strongminded women who want to follow their hearts. The story shows us that times of grief awaken a place within one's self for repairing broken heartstrings and making new beginnings. Lindy J. Swanson, RT Book Review

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

In addition to speaking engagements, Samantha will also do book clubs. Contact her at The Art of Revision The End is Just the Beginning Program You’ve written a novel, you’ve typed "The End." Congrats! Before you release your baby into the world, make sure it’s the best it can be – you have one chance to hook your reader. This workshop will show you how to use your first draft as a foundation and move painlessly through the revision process to create a book you’ll be proud of and one with a greater chance of being published. Includes handouts and interactive in-class exercises. (Teens and Adults; 60-90 min; $150 with permission to sell books)