Please welcome P. J. Hoover to the virtual offices today! P. J. is here to chat about her debut novel Solstice. Check out what she has to say.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[P. J. Hoover] MG/YA SFF author. Prior Electrical Engineer. Solves the Rubik’s Cube. Practices Kung Fu. Plays Wizard101. SOLSTICE (Tor 2013) & TUT (Tor 2014)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Solstice?
[P. J. Hoover] Sure! It’s a YA dystopian/mythology novel aimed at fans of Hunger Games and Percy Jackson. Solstice is set in Austin, in the future, when Global Warming is destroying the earth. It’s about this girl, Piper, who on her 18th birthday opens a mysterious present and all of a sudden this crazy world of mythology starts to explode around her. Her best friend almost dies, Piper has to travel to the Underworld to save her, and there are Greek gods.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[P. J. Hoover] I’ve always been a huge mythology buff, so I knew I wanted to do something with Greek mythology. The Persephone/Hades story was one of my favorites, but rather than writing a retelling, I wanted to do more of a “what happens after the myth” take on things. And so Solstice was born.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Piper?
[P. J. Hoover] Rebellious, Overprotected, and Passionate
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Piper had a theme song, what would it be?
[P. J. Hoover] It’s the End of the World as We Know It – R.E.M.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Piper is never without.
[P. J. Hoover] Curiosity
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Piper’s bedroom?
[P. J. Hoover] Dead flowers, a heater, wool socks
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Piper’s greatest regret?
[P. J. Hoover] Randy Conner’s death
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[P. J. Hoover] J. R. R. Tolkien, Joseph Campbell, and Homer
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[P. J. Hoover] Silence from my kids’ chatter, a computer, motivation
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[P. J. Hoover] I just finished The Madman’s Daughter and loved the story, the characters, and the basis for the novel. I am totally going to watch the Dr. Moreau movie now to compare them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[P. J. Hoover] The Cave of Time (a Choose your Own Adventure Book from my book fair back in elementary school)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[P. J. Hoover] Hang with my family, practice Kung Fu, play Wizard101, and spend time with friends
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[P. J. Hoover] Thanks for asking! Readers can connect to me through the below places!
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorPJHoover
Facebook Personal Page: https://www.facebook.com/pj.hoover1
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
About the author:
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. 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 (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut (Tor Children’s, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who’s been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.
About the book:
Piper’s world is dying.
Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.
Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.
An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.