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Speaker Profile - P. J. (Tricia) Hoover


Region: Texas: Austin
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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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

Presentation Description:

I love to speak to kids of all ages, and I look forward to the opportunity to partner with educators in supporting students' writing development. My presentation meets academic standards and offers substantive follow-up projects and topics for discussion.
I am also a polished public speaker and would love to present to your group or organization.

Curriculum for my books and author presentation that is appropriate for Grades 3-12 can be found and downloaded on my website.

My school visit presentation is titled
"My Quest for the Golden Fleece: Things I've Learned on my Hero's Journey.”

Structured around mythology and The Hero’s Journey, I talk about the importance of goal setting (and sticking to those goals!), facing fears, and getting back up after failure to try again and again until success is achieved. I also discuss the writing process, from ideas to revisions, from rejections to publication.

For kids who are interested in mythology or who are learning about The Hero's Journey, it is a great tie-in because they can relate.