12 Random Facts

  1. I was adopted from China when I was 18 months old
  2. I have six names: Zara Helena Xiuping Sarah Hannah Hoffman.
  3. I have no siblings, but my older cousins have always spoiled me and taken care of me.
  4. I used to pretend that I was a witch, and am still disappointed that I’m not. However, I am clairvoyant and clairaudient.
  5. My grandma taught me to type and multiply. She is also the reason I became an avid reader and writer.
  6. I wrote my first story when I was in 3rd grade. It was a 60-page long mystery based on the Nancy Drew books.
  7. I read Speak by Lois Lowry the summer before fifth grade. I couldn’t sleep for three months afterward (but I didn’t tell anyone).
  8. Ironically, four years later, my friends told me not to read The Lovely Bones. Also, when I went to see the movie, my mom got an important call right before the rape scene. Let’s say I didn’t sleep for a few nights–and they didn’t even SHOW the gory details that kept me up with nightmares.
  9. I hate horror or anything scary, but I’m addicted to The Vampire Diaries on the CW and now the spin-off series, The Originals. I’m also considering watching the Carrie remake and American Horror Story: Coven, but I’m still afraid to because I’ll probably regret that decision. 
  10. I wrote The Belgrave Daughter in 5 months, but my editor (my mom) keeps giving me new edits to make.
  11. When my grandma died, these touch-sensitive lights turn on whenever a family member or a good family friend enters. My mom and I have practically everyone saying hi to her now.
  12. ​My mother, grandma, and I created a perfect 3, and when my grandma died, we got our dog, creating a new 3. Anyway, the point is that I love numerology. 3s, 7s, and other numbers play a large role in my debut novel, The Belgrave Daughter and the rest of The Belgrave Legacy trilogy.

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