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 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. P. J. is also a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.
What do you think are the key elements to crafting a good heroine?
To me, the most important thing in a good heroine is having a nice character arc. Having the character change and grow over the course of the novel not only makes the character more relatable but helps parallel the story, too. Characters, like everyone else, will make mistakes. It’s making these mistakes and learning from them that really make a character grow.
What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
I have a bunch of tombstones I painted and put on spikes in the front yard. Each year I love taking these out and hammering them into the ground. They’re so much fun, and everyone who walks by stops to look at them.
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