Author Revealed

About Regan Hofmann

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 6/23

Q. Previous occupations

A. professional rider, advertising executive, magazine writer and editor-in-chief

Q. Favorite job

A. My current one: Editor-in-chief of POZ magazine and poz.com

Q. High school and/or college

A. High school: Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ; college: Trinity College in Hartford, CT

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. At this moment, Jethro Tull

Q. Favorite movie

A. Out of Africa

Q. Favorite television show

A. Twin Peaks

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being loved for who you are by people you admire and respect.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That the stigma around AIDS will remain and as a result, people will continue to become infected and die when their lives could be spared and the suffering ended

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Zagora, in Morocco, on a camel, headed into the Sahara to sleep under the stars for a week.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My sister, Tracy.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. You know?...you know?...you know?

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Having unprotected sex and contracting HIV.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Running a completely organic, self-sustaining farm off the grid.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Facing my greatest fear.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Being unrealistic about time.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'll die trying.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. The bluebird who sits outside my kitchen window in the morning. Or, maybe Sylvester, the enormous, lazy cat who, thankfully, is too fat to eat the bluebird but who watches him as intently as I do each morning.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. That I am alternately graceful and a total clutz.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Spiderman.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The vampire Lestat

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Intolerance based on ignorance

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Riding my horses through the hayfields and hunting for animal bones, turtle shells and birds' nests in the woods.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Fashion designer/race care driver

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty. Integrity. Courage.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Rice crispy treats.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I Fall to Pieces by Patsy Kline, Moral Kiosk by REM, Ghetto Defender by the Clash, Winter White Hymnal by Fleet Foxes, In an Airfield by Keith Snyder, The Fox Went Out on a Windy Night, sung by my dad.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Flannery O'Connor Walker Percy John Knowles F. Scott Fitzgerald Hemingway

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Wiseblood A Confederacy of Dunces A Separate Piece Tender is the Night Death in the Afternoon

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The dictionary

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Stop planning/thinking/talking ... just write until your whole body aches.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "Your writing sounds just like how you talk." That's the idea...

Q. How did you come to write I Have Something to Tell You?

A. I wanted to address the shame and stigma that unfairly envelope HIV/AIDS, help people understand that HIV is a disease like any other and in doing so, hopefully, change people's perceptions about HIV/AIDS to stop the spread of what is an easily preventable, sometimes survivable and still terrible disease. I wrote the book because I am no longer ashamed to say I have HIV and my hope is that the more people who come forward the faster people will see that HIV is not a crime, nor an indication of socially unacceptable behavior, but rather, that it is nothing more than a retrovirus that can infect anyone regardless of their gender, age, color, sexual orientation, geography, socio-economic status or behavior.

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