The Short Version
P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead.
After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to start creating worlds of her own.
She’s the author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who’s stuck in
middle school, and Solstice, a super-hot twist on the Hades/Persephone myth. When not writing, P. J.
spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, watching Star Trek,
and playing too many video games.
For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.
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The Longer VersionGrowing up, P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi. After all, who wouldn’t want to be able to travel in space, use telekinesis, and do cool mind tricks? But seeing as how that wasn’t really going to happen, she instead spent her summers reading science fiction and fantasy books and teaching herself to program in BASIC on her Commodore 64. She learned early on that books were things other people wrote, so she contented herself with living in worlds created by J. R. R. Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, and Isaac Asimov. And she fell in love with mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton.
In school, P. J. (Tricia) straddled the line of nerdiness by spending her days as captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and her nights watching reruns of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. And since she was always ahead of the curve in math, she headed off to Virginia Tech where she got her degree in Computer Engineering. Sure, she decided at the end of four years that she wanted to be an archaeologist, so she stuck around and got her History degree. But then she figured out engineering might provide better for the future, so she continued on to get her Masters degree in Electrical Engineering.
Why did P. J. want to be an archaeologist? Well, it was rooted in her first visit to see the Tutankhamun treasures back in 1977 and in her love for mythology. The King Tut treasures stayed hidden for thousands of years, back from the time of myths. Humans didn’t record everything or records had been lost. We didn’t know everything that happened, and that totally piqued P. J.’s interest. Archaeology seemed like a way to unwrap some of the secrets hidden back in time, and P. J. wanted to be a part of that. Still, it wasn’t the path she chose.
After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips in Austin, TX (working at Motorola and Intel), P. J. went through a turning point in her life. She wanted more. She wanted something different. But she wasn’t sure what. First, she learned to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Then she memorized Kublai Khan by Samuel Coleridge. Finally it dawned on her that writing wasn’t just something other people did, so she decided to take her own stab at creating worlds and started writing books for kids and teens.
People tend to think engineering and writing are different, but P. J. doesn’t agree. Getting through engineering school requires discipline and organization. Writing a book requires discipline and organization. Designing computer chips takes quite a bit of creativity. And yes, writing a book takes creativity, too. Computer code is a lot like a book. You write. You test. You revise. You test some more, and you keep on revising until you get it right. Sure, you might find bugs, but no computer chip is perfect. And right, neither is any book.
When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes (including 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, and 5x5), playing Wizard101, and watching Star Trek. She has one Yorkie and two Sulcata tortoises, King Tort and Nefertorti, who will live to be 180 years old.
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.
Five fun things1) I collect Smurfs, Bicentennial quarters, Star Trek Christmas ornaments, and antique bricks. If you find an old brick with words on it, please let me know!
2) Favorite consumables include Brie Cheese, Red Wine, and Strong Coffee. And of course chocolate, but that goes without saying, doesn't it?
3) I can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 2 minutes. And I have a 3rd degree black belt in Kung Fu. The first took 2 weeks to achieve. The second took 7 years. Both make for good party tricks. (And if you've ever thought about starting Kung Fu yourself, I go to Austin Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi.)
4) I plan to hike on the Great Wall of China someday. And of course drag the family on an archaeological dig.
5) Jobs I've had include Donut Seller, Car Assessor, Dorm Security Monitor, and of course, Chip Designer.
When I'm not Writing...You might find me...
(My friend code is: M399D-LL662-3QM6M-7LL3Q)
Practicing Kung Fu!
Solving the Rubik's Cube :)