Author Lori Hoff’s Interview on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Brian Feinblum.
Teen Code: A Rock-Star’s Life
1 What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? I feel that parenting is a lost art, raising children takes time and energy and one thing I have always said to my youth is one wrong decision can affect you for the rest of their life. In my teen years I had no one to help me with decisions and wound up homeless and with no one to turn to for help. I would always give advice to my friends about parenting and talk about the importance of helping the youth of this generation and they really encouraged me to write the book. I had the idea for over 10 years so this is long time coming. I have always spoke in short bullets so I decided it would be good to share these hints with our youth today so no young person has to go through what I went through in my younger years.
2 What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? The book is about life skills lessons on topics that are young people are looking for answers about Friends, Anger, Bullying, Gangs, etc. I believe there are many audiences: starting with all young people 11 years of age and up, foster teens up to age 20, parents looking for talking points to connect with their youth, mentors, teachers, counselors and anyone working with young people to help empower them to be great and become a productive member of society.
3 What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? They will have necessary tools to make a difference in their communities when they are faced with choices. They will have the information to make the better choice. In the words of one of my readers Gloria “Teen Code is an excellent book filled with great advice on how to deal with school, love and friendships. It shows young adults you aren’t alone and there are many teenagers going through the same thing.”
4 What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? If you are passionate about a subject and you feel your writing can help, don’t WAIT!!! Start writing and don’t stop no matter what challenges your face until your voice is heard.
5 What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I think we are definitely trending towards e books and the spirit of teaching people to empower yourself to be the Change. I think the publishing industry is heading more towards self-publishing like I did. I just got lucky that one of the young girls I mentored when she was 15 is now an editor and helped me with my projects but there are a lot of resources for people to self-publish.
6 If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? Our youth are our present and our future. Youth are loving the wisdom this book gives — it answers the troubling questions you have and if you are looking to connect with youth it will give you that bridge you need to start the conversation. Everyone needs a conversation starter.
Lori Hoff is the CEO and founder of OMI (Outreach Ministries Inc) a nonprofit helping at risk youth. OMI is leading the first National Youth Week for across the US on June 13th. Hoff was the Board chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters and established a food pantry for the working poor in Middlesex County. She also worked with the State of NJ as a therapist for at-risk youth helping them to stay in school and become productive members of society. Along with her nonprofit work she is also a full-time Manager in the Technology And Engineering space for AT&T in Dallas, Texas and was the National Mentoring officer for Women of AT&T for 4 years. Connect with Hoff on: Facebook,, Instagram, Twitter or consult: www.nywusa.com
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