Interview with Hakim LaRocca

Hello! Today we have an author interview with Hakim LaRocca, author of . Let’s dive right in!

IMG-0006J: Welcome, Hakim! Please tell us a little something about your book.

H: The book I am promoting I called Unplugged: DIY Retreat.  It is a hands-on book showing how couples can massage each other.  I have been doing massage for many years and I wanted to capture some simple and effective techniques for other people to enjoy their partner’s touch.  I show techniques using oil and also some without oil similar to a Thai yoga massage.  I’ve also included some fun recipes people can experiment with when they decide to cook a meal together.  So the whole concept is to have a delightful mini-retreat experience in the comfort of your home with your person.

J: That sounds awesome! What inspired you to write it?

H: I have always dabbled in writing from when I was in high school but that took more the shape of passing notes in the hallways (and yes, this is way before texting was invented lol).  However, my inspiration for writing this book came from a client who after having a massage with me suggested I write down my techniques and share it with people.  So that was the beginning of the writing adventure…

Unplugged coverJ: I remember those pre-texting days, too!  What was your favorite part of writing?

H: My favorite part was collaborating with the amazing people that helped me put it all together.  My sister Gabriella La Rocca and Urania Bellos did the editing to make me sound like I knew what I was talking about, Joanne Corrigal made the magical photos, Cara Cox put the book together and the talented Kaya Bryce was my model.

J: That does sound like fun. What was your least favorite?

H: The waiting for the final product, it felt like I was a kid outside the toystore waiting for it to open so I could have a look at the newest toy.

J: I understand that! What do you have planned next?

H: I just finished a manuscript which is now in the editing process.  This particular book deals more with people’s own personal life journeys, some of which are inspiring and some will bring tears to your eyes.

IMG-0124 (1)J: That sounds awesome. Can you tell us one interesting thing about yourself or your book.

H: I also do horse massage.  I learned it while living in CapeTown, South Africa and it is such a tremendous experience to be so close to these magnificent creatures.

J: Okay, and speaking of interesting things, now it’s time for the Flash Fun Round!

J: Favorite drink? 

H: coffee & Belgium beer

J: Last vacation? 

H: I honestly feel like my life is one big vacation since I have been traveling and living in different countries for many years.  But I guess the standard answer would be last year when I went to Amsterdam to visit some friends.

J: Last text you sent?

H: To my girlfriend wishing her a kick-ass day!

J: Favorite cookie?

H: chocolate chip with walnuts

J: One weird habit?

H: Drinking a beer while taking a shower.

J: Paper or plastic?

H: Sorry my eco-friendly friends but I like both paper and plastic.

IMG_3034J: You can find more of Hakim’s flash fun answers in March’s newsletter! In the meantime, thanks so much for coming to hang out with us today! You can find more of Hakim on Amazon, Facebook, and Instagram!

And of course, you can find me on Facebook (Hakim La Rocca) and Instagram (@hakimlarocca)

IABE Interview!

Jenn Thompson of the award winning IABE was awesome enough to interview me live on Facebook! If you missed it, you can still watch the video.

Jenn and I always have a lot of fun, so check it out!

And if you haven’t joined the Shades of Gray anniversary party yet, its not too late to come play with us!

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In Which I Get Interviewed

interviewOn Friday I was interviewed by the very awesome Don Massenzio. Check out the great questions he asked, like:

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Of course! There are some obscure references, such as the supplies closet in Ashes of Deceit, which is a nod to Weird Al’s UHF (Yes, a nod to Weird Al in a dark vampire book. Why not?) and a mention of Old Man Wickleberry in another…I’d tell you the rest, but then I’d have to, um, never mind.

See the other fun questions and be sure to check out the rest of his author interview series!

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Vampires and Barbwire


Today I’m on Barb’s blog – Creative Barbwire – for a fun interview! She asked some great questions like, What’s next? When did you start writing? What is your goal as a writer, and of course:

Why do you write?

I’d love to say that I write because I have a story to tell, but honestly I write for two reasons. 1) It’s fun. 2) I have people who want to read what I’m writing. If the day comes when those no longer apply, I’ll quit and find something else to do. Maybe glut on anime.

Check out the answers to those other great questions and more at her blog, and be sure to say hi in the comments!

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Did You Miss It?

Did you miss the live feed last night? Never fear, you can still watch it at the half hour mark or so I do a reading from Goddess of Night – it was hard to find a scene that wouldn’t spoil too much!



Live Stream Tonight!


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At 7pm Central (8 Eastern/6 Mountain/5 Western) I’ll be live streaming on Book Born’s Facebook page. You don’t need to be a member to watch, but you do need to be a member to comment. Come join the fun where I’ll be taking questions and, if things get boring, I might even read something from the upcoming book Goddess of Night.


Hope to see you there!!


Chrissie’s Coffee Corner!

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This Friday (March 17) at 7pm Central/8pm Eastern I will be a guest on Chrissie’s Coffee Corner on Book Born. It will be a live video feed and your chance to ask me questions or even just say hi. If it’s warm we’ll be sitting outside, but from the looks of things I think we’ll be hunkered down in my house trying to ignore the mess.

You don’t need to be a member of Book Born to see the video, though you might in order to comment. If we get bored I might read from something – maybe Brothers of Darkness or, if I can find a non-spoiler section, maybe Goddess of Night (the unreleased book!) So bring your questions and hope to see you Friday!

(How live videos work: Live videos are on Facebook – so you’ll have to be logged into Facebook to see it [I’ll post it here after it’s over if I can]. It will show up on Book Born’s page, not my page. I am the only one who is live. You can see me, but I can’t see you. Not fair, I know. To ask questions, comment on the video while I am live (between 8-9 eastern/7-8 central). There is about a 30 second delay between when you post the comment and I get to see it, so it doesn’t mean I’m ignoring you, it just means Facebook hasn’t let me see it yet.)

Weekly Writer Feature!

The folks at Weekly Writer Feature were kind enough to interview me! They asked questions like…

Tell readers how you came up with the idea for one of your books.

Brothers of Darkness (the series prequel, on pre-order now for an October 11th release), tells the tale of Patrick and explains how everyone came together to set the events in Shades of Gray into motion. I’d never planned to write it, but then my cousin sent me the link to a youtube video with the song Anarchy by KMFDM, and suddenly Patrick was screaming at me, demanding his story be told.

Check out the answers to other cool questions like which of my characters is my favorite. You might be surprised at the answer. 


Interview at Same DiNamics Books


The folks at Same DiNamics were awesome enough to have me today! They had some great questions like:

SDB: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
JN: Don’t aspire; do. We all have things we’re “going” to do – someday I will learn animation for instance – but we put it off and use excuses to mask the fact that we don’t think we’re really good enough. If you have a story inside you, then it IS good enough and YOU are good enough. Write it. Even if you have to text it to yourself in pieces. Don’t let fear stop you. Sure, there are going to be people who don’t like it, who don’t like you and who don’t like whatever publishing method you choose, but what matters more than those who don’t is those that do. And someone will.

Check it out and say hi! Also while you’re there,  be sure to check out their other great posts!

Interview at Book Born

questionThe folks at Book Born were kind enough to interview me – and they had some great questions like:


Who is your favorite character and why?

Verchiel, Micah, and Malick are the easiest to write, actually, so they’re probably my favorites. If I didn’t need to type for them, I could sic them on a scene and just go to sleep, then wake up to pages and pages. They can get other characters talking, because of the way everyone reacts to them, and Malick… well he loves to hear himself talk. And talk. And talk. But, the characters I think are the most interesting…Oooh. That is hard to choose because I think they’re all interesting. Maeko is one whose life I’d like to see, but I probably won’t because she’s hard to write with all the sans, and chans, and samas…I have a very rudimentary grasp of the suffixes, and though I think it’s enough to fudge through a few scenes, I don’t think it’s enough to carry a novel. If I could find a Japanese expert to go over it after I finished it, then I could do it.

Check out the rest of the interview to find out what inspired the series, what you should know before reading it, and exactly how much Jorick and hubby have in common!

See you there!

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