More About the Author
FYI: Naked Ladies!
Dear readers, it came to my attention yesterday that there has been concern about the content of some eBooks. I want you to know that my novel, Custer and His Naked Ladies, is not an erotic book. I agree the title is unfortunate, but where I come from, Oklahoma, Naked Ladies are a type of flower that suffers--and even dies--if it is moved. I used it for a metaphor about old women being hesitant to leave their homes to go far away to live with their grown children. Of course, there's a little romance in the story--I am a romance writer, after all--but I would put this book firmly in the literary field. Please email me with questions. My email in some places is wrong. Please write to me here: JanelleMHooper@comcast.net
I'm also on Facebook. What fun!
My new article, Surviving Arthritis, How to Live on a Rocky Beach is now available on Amazon. There's a trailer for it on YouTube, but there's no room for it here. Surviving Arthritis is a non-medical, self-help, motivational piece. The tag line is: Life's a Beach! But some beaches have ROCKS!"
Off to the right of this page I have posted eight book trailers that will give you an idea what my books are all about:
The first three, my Turtle Trilogy, are set in Oklahoma, Indian country. 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.
The next trailers are my two romances: Bears in the Hibiscus and Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie.
Then, there's my new novella about senior poverty, The Slum Resort.
Next, is my new Kindle short, Old Joe's Pink Cadillac.
The last trailer is from the book There's a Mouse in the House!
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.
I love to read; 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.
I'm honored that WorldReader has chosen some of my books to be a part of their project to provide "loaded" Kindles to children in poorer countries. It really tickles me to think about one of my books about American Indians being read by a child in Africa!
Latest 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 this year. It's a good read, I promise!
More news! My one-man play: Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, a Historical Fantasy, was a hit at the Memphis Film Festival yesterday (6-14-13). It's all over the Internet that the performer, Rudy Ramos, got a standing ovation. I'm hoping it will go to DVD. The play will someday be available in text as soon as Rudy releases it.
2002 Bold Media Award for fiction, 1st place, for A Three Turtle Summer
1999 1st place fiction, Surrey (Canada) and 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...and more.
Although I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I now live in Washington State with my husband.