More About the Author
2014 was a busy year for me:
My light 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--just in time for Christmas.
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 winter. 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.
All of my books are character-driven and promise a good story with no politics, bombs, or vampires (I promise!). Christmas is coming. There's sure to be a book on my Amazon page for someone on your list! More info is here: www.JanelleMerazHooper.com/
YouTube trailers are off to the right. Three of the trailers, my Turtle Trilogy, are set in Oklahoma and have 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.
I also have trailers for my romance books:Bears in the Hibiscus and Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie.
Then, there's the trailer for my new novella about senior poverty, The Slum Resort.
Next, is my new Kindle short, Old Joe's Pink Cadillac. It contains some history about Fort Sill during World War II and Vietnam.
The last trailer is from the book There's a Mouse in the House! This book has been picked up by WorldReader and is being enjoyed by children in Africa and India. The YouTube trailer for the book was an i-Pad favorite a year or so ago and has had over 7,000 views.
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 or India!
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.
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! 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
Although I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I now live in Washington State with my husband.
My email is: JanelleMerazHooper@comcast.net Write to me. A writer's life can be very lonely!