More About the Author
Latest news: A Three-Turtle Summer will be featured in the 2015 AARP Life After 50-Plus in Miami, May 14-16! Described as a story of deeply contrasted prose and peril, it's a good read. Check it out! My three romance novels were all on the Worldreader top ten list in March, 2015. Also, My There's a Mouse in the House! book has been picked up by Reads, a project of Concordia University's accelerated reading project. Lastly, my one-man traveling show, Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, starring Rudy Ramos, just left Los Angeles, Tucson, Albuquerque, Muscogee, Winnsboro, and Lawton. Next stop is The Memphis Film Festival, June 11-13, 2015. Don't miss it when it comes near you!
It's almost time to hit the beach! Although one reviewer has said that my books are too sophisticated to be categorized as beach books, take one anyway. A little sand won't hurt them. They're a good read! How about one of my romances? Ho-hum, I can hear you thinking. Another romance. But the humorous dialogue in my character-driven stories has to be read to be appreciated. In the book Bears in the Hibiscus, Mark, the Montana Park Ranger, will warm your heart AND keep you laughing. His friend, Jackson, who owns an outdoor catalog company that sells Northwest outdoor gear (and flies his own plane) should be cloned. He is a doll! Of course, as in any good story, Mary has her challenges. Her ex sister-in-law who abandons her two girls to get rich raising emus is just one. Try it, you'll like it.
Almost all of my books are available in paperback and on Kindle. They are all character-driven and deliver a good story with no politics, bombs, or vampires (I promise!). Note: I have nothing against vampires, I just don't write about them...besides, I think the market is over-shrouded (pun-alert).
I love to read as much as you do; one of the perks of writing is that I can explore my interests in marine biology, anthropology, and archaeology and call it research. Then, I can weave bits of the science and history into my stories and call it work! I call the whole process my briar patch, and I think Uncle Remus would approve.
About my books:
At the end of the year (2014), my light, humorous romance, Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie, got a new cover designed by CreateSpace when the book went to paperback. A Seattle romance with a Jamaican twist, it is suitable for NA (New Adult) and up. It is now available in paperback and ebook.
I'm so glad The Slum Resort has been popular because it is one of my favorite stories that buzzed around in my head for years before I wrote it. It's a story with lots of humor and heart that centers upon senior citizens who are having a rough time financially.(ebook only)
Bears in the Hibiscus is a humorous romance about a mom starting over and wondering if a romance with a Montana Park Ranger is worth it, even if he is a hunk!
My Turtle Trilogy is set in Oklahoma and has a Southwest theme. I grew up close to where the Indian reservations are and my writing is colored with my experiences growing up there in a Hispanic family. Some might call them modern-day cowboy and Indian stories. Even though the three books are related, they stand alone.
Free Pecan Pie is a mixed genre of shorts and newspaper commentaries. It has been very popular with teachers and is suitable for all ages.
There's a Mouse in the House! Is a children's book (ages 2-6) of short stories and poetry. This book has been picked up by WorldReader and Reads (Concordia University) and is being enjoyed by children in Africa, Asia, and India. The YouTube trailer for the book was an i-Pad favorite a few years ago and has had over 8,500 views. I'm honored that WorldReader has chosen this book to be a part of their project to provide "loaded" Kindles and mobile phones to children in poorer countries. It really tickles me to think about one of my books about Native American Indians being read by a child in Africa or India!
My Kindle Short, Old Joe's Pink Cadillac, contains some history about Fort Sill during World War II and Vietnam mixed into the story. I wrote it for my cousin because he wanted a "Rooster Story"--as opposed to my other "Chick" books. (Kindle only)
Surviving Arthritis, How to Live on a Rocky Beach, is another Kindle Short. Basically, it's a non-medical, self-help, humorous book for people with auto-immune issues. I (ahem!) have some experience with this problem. I call this my lemonade book (As in "If life hands you lemons, make lemonade!").
Visit me on YouTube! All of my books and articles have a YouTube video. Some of them are posted on the right. If one is missing, you can find them by searching Janelle Meraz Hooper on YouTube. I had fun making these trailers by hand; they're kind of like one of those homemade mufflers you get from Aunt Agnes at Christmas...only they're a lot shorter! I hope you'll give them a look. As you view them, you'll notice I'm not a formula writer; I write each story in the style that's best for that particular story, so each one is different. Most of my books are available in paperback and all are available on Kindle.
Other news: I have a new review for my novella, The Slum Resort, on Amazon! Check it out! The Slum Resort was an honorable mention in the 2013 Great Northwest Book Festival. It's a good read, I promise! There's also a new comment for Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie. Look for it on the bottom of its Amazon book page. Reviews are still coming in for A Three-Turtle Summer. It has touched a lot of my readers and I'm grateful for their kind words.
1999 1st place fiction, Surrey (Canada), for As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries
2002 Bold Media Award for fiction, 1st place, for A Three-Turtle Summer
2004 Oklahoma Book Award finalist for As Brown as I Want: The Indianhead Diaries
2013 Great Northwest Book Festival, honorable mention for The Slum Resort.
2013 Animals, Animals, Animals Book contest, 1st place for There's a Mouse in the House! in the Around the House category.
2014 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival (again!), honorable mention for Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie
I've saved the most exciting news for the end: My one-man traveling show, Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, starring and produced by Rudy Ramos and directed by Steve Railsback, is being well-received! Rudy has a link: www.GeronimoLifeontheReservation.com. Go there for more show information. The book from which the show was adapted is still unfinished. I've had a lot of fun with the stage show and haven't been working on the book itself. Maybe I can finish it this year. To see a famous actor breathing life into words I put on paper is an experience I never thought I'd have and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.
Although I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I now live in Washington State with my husband. My email is: JanelleMHooper@comcast.net Write to me. A writer's life can be very lonely!
Thanks for stopping by! Janelle