P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is also a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice, takes place in a Global Warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade fantasy novels, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis, chronicle the adventures of a boy who discovers he’s part of two feuding worlds hidden beneath the sea.
The indie publishing process can be a wild ride like a rollercoaster (hey, that's why we're carnies)! What twists and turns (both good and bad) have you been through so far?
Ups are having people tell me they love the story. Downs are the opposite J But that’s okay. At least people are reading which is why I chose indie in the first place.
How are you marketing your book? Any specific tips or strategies you've found particularly helpful?
Truly, I’m trying lots of different things and seeing what works. I participated in a blog tour, I use twitter and Facebook, and I also run a blog of my own. But I think the funnest thing I did was make trading cards for SOLSTICE with hidden content tied to each page. You can read all about them here: http://www.pjhoover.com/trading_cards.php
If you had to give five reasons why someone should read SOLSTICE, what would they be?
- You loved TWILIGHT, THE HUNGER GAMES, THE LIGHTNING THIEF, or MATCHED.
- SOLSTICE has red-hot romance to make your world sizzle.
- Mythology, anyone? It's like opening Pandora's box without the consequences.
- Ever wonder why summers are getting hotter?
- It's $2.99. That's less than a latte and lasts a whole lot longer.
Just for fun: If you could buy property anywhere in the world (price is no object- you can tell I love fantasy!), where would it be and why?
I’d either pick a nice piece of property in Tahiti, or I’d go with somewhere very close to DisneyWorld. I love the beach, but I also love the Haunted Mansion.
What's next on the horizon for you?
Just to keep writing and see what comes next. I have lots of projects and ideas I’m working on, but I’m not a kiss-and-tell kind of girl. That said, I do plan to write a sequel to SOLSTICE!
Good luck to you and thanks for stopping by!Thank you so much for letting me be on your wonderful blog. I'm super honored!
All of the YA Indies are interviewing each other, so check out my interview over on T.R. Graves' blog.
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