Sunday, February 11, 2024

Interview with Inspirational Author John Hoffman On His Two Liver Transplants


1. What inspired you to write this book?  The inspiration for this book came from wanting to share my story with others in hopes of providing them inspiration during what could be a very difficult process. 

 2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? My book is a memoir regarding my experience with two liver transplants.  I wrote it for those waiting for a liver, the families supporting them, and for those that are post-transplant who may have or are experiencing the same as I did. 

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? I hope that readers will get to know more about me and my story, as well as draw inspiration for their own life.

 4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? I wanted to emphasize the word “live” in the title, because it was not just about the transplant, but how I continued on and built a life for myself and my family.  I had two very important and special photos of me with my parents as a baby, and wanted them to be incorporated.  I decided on a designer, and they did very well to weave those photos into the design. 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?  Trust in the process.  There is no right way to write a book in my eyes.  Everyone goes through their own journey, and be proud of the accomplishment.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? While I’m a novice in the publishing world, as I’ve only released one, I definitely see a push toward audiobooks.  I myself prefer to listen to books, doing so in the car, mowing the lawn, etc.  This opens up a whole new customer base in my opinion.  I also see a lot of authors starting their own podcasts to further promote their brand.  

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? Considering my book is a memoir, there was no stone unturned when it came to my personal experiences.  I wanted this to be real, with no need for embellishment or artistic license.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? It’s hard to compare myself, considering my writing is about me, and I have not delved too much into the non-fiction genre. 

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? The biggest challenge was getting over my intimidation with the publishing process.  That turned out to be the easiest part. 

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? This book is meant to draw inspiration, and hope for those that may have lost motivation or drive. If I can survive and thrive through two liver transplants and my mental health challenges, then anything is possible.  

About The Author: I am a two-time liver transplant recipient.  I was diagnosed at 6 weeks with biliary atresia, which is a birth defect which breaks down the bile ducts of the liver.  I was first transplanted in January of 1983.  Because of the experimental nature of the surgery at that time, my liver began to fail as I grew.  I was transplanted again on July 1, 1999, the summer before my senior year of high school.  I live in Rocky Hill, CT with my wife and three children.  For more info, please see: For more info, see: Https://


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