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Janelle Meraz Hooper

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Janelle Meraz Hooper

Seattle PI Online newspaper interview

Whohub interview

Announcing my new WordPress blog:
Chick books with cluck!

Note: My email in some places on the Internet and also on the backs of my books is outdated. Please write to me here: 

I grew up close to where the Indian reservations are and my writing is colored with my experiences growing up there. Some might call them modern-day cowboy and Indian stories. You’ll notice I’m not a formula writer; I write each story in the style that’s best for that particular story, so each one is different. Most of my books are available in paperback and all are available on Kindle. 


I love to read; one of the perks of writing is that I can explore my interests in marine biology, anthropology, and archaeology and call it research. Then, I can weave bits of the science and history into my stories and call it work! I call the whole process my briar patch, and I think Uncle Remus would approve.

I'm honored that WorldReader has chosen some of my books to be a part of their project to provide "loaded" Kindles to children in poorer countries. It really tickles me to think about one of my books about American Indians being read by a child in Africa!

Although I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I now live in Washington State with my husband.

Latest news!

 I have a new review for my novella, The Slum Resort, on Amazon! Check it out! The Slum Resort was an honorable mention in the 2013 Great Northwest Book Festival this year. It's a good read, I promise!


More news! My one-man play starring Rudy Ramos: Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, a Historical Fantasy, was a hit at the High Chaparral Reunion in Tucson on March 22, 2014. It's all over the Internet that the  Rudy (Wind on the High Chaparral TV series) got a standing ovation. His bookings are listed on the  page. 



For : A Three-Turtle Summer

The 2002 Bold Media Award for fiction, 1st place.


For: As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries

1999 1st place fiction, Surrey (Canada) 

2004 Oklahoma Book Award finalist.


For: The Slum Resort

2013 Great Northwest Book Festival, honorable mention


For: There's a Mouse in the House!

2013 1st. place (City Animals category) Animals! Animals! Animals! Book Festival


For: Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie, 2014 Animals, Animals, Animals! Book contest, Wild Card Division, honorable mention.


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Always reading!

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