Interview with Jean Hopkins

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Android phone, with Moon+ Reader Pro!
Describe your desk
My lap, covered in children, blankets, and a tiny keyboard so the kids can't smash all the keys while I'm typing. My monitor is on a cool rolly wheel cart, and my tower sits next to a chair in my living room.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bay Area in California. This didn't really influence my writing, though - my biggest influence is my Grandmother. She would always verbally paint scenes when she told me stories, and I couldn't resist doing the same.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in first grade. Our teacher had us sew our own books together, then write an illustrated story between the covers. My book had a pretty flower cover, which was more interesting than whatever I drew inside. I don't know what that story was, but it probably partially came from a book someone read to me! I didn't start reading until shortly before third grade!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My (current) latest book isn't a story, but there is a story behind it! I fell in love with Runes several years ago. They have the capacity to tell a story by just showing you a few lines on a material that you connect with, like stones. I love rocks! When I was in Kindergarten, I used to eat them! Well, I'd swallow them anyway - my teeth weren't strong enough to break them!
Since I don't understand the need to know what may or may not happen in my future, particularly when things can change over something as small as stubbing your toe (which I do a LOT), I prefer to use Runes to understand my friends better. Since there weren't any books out there about using the runes for a personality reading, I decided to make my own! I've used the information in my book extensively over the years, and have just now finished polishing it up and expanding on the definitions. If you guys could see what they looked like before, you'd probably cross your eyes and make fun of me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided to become an indie author because I love the idea of doing something on your own power. It's always nice if some big company decides you're the best thing since cheesecake, but there's a real sense of satisfaction in being able to accomplish the same thing on your own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it INFINITELY easier to publish. If you just follow their (super easy) formatting guidelines, you'll have an awesome ebook in no time at all. They have great behind-the-scenes tools, too, so you can see how many people have been subjected to your work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I just discovered this (again), actually! The greatest joy of writing is finishing a book. The last word, followed by THE END, makes you feel like maybe jumping up and down once (or twice)! I actually squealed inside!
What are you working on next?
My next project is figuring out how to find time to work on the three books I'm somewhere in the middle of. Oh...four books. I just finished a fifth book I started last year, which should be available soon!
Who are your favorite authors?
Katie MacAlister, Nora Roberts, Nalini Singh.
Published 2014-03-19.
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Books by This Author

Moo's New Friend!
Series: Moo Family, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Special Needs, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Moo tells us about her fun day with her new best friend, Sasha Moo.
A-B-C Moo Learns Letters!
Series: Moo School, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Alphabet
Read along as Moo learns the alphabet, with all of her favorite friends, toys, and food!
Happy Birthday, Moo!
Series: Moo Family, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
It's Moo's special day, and all her friends have come to play! Read along as Moo celebrates her birthday!
1-2-3 Moo Learns Numbers!
Series: Moo School, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Counting & Numbers, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Mathematics / General
Read along as Moo learns to count from one to ten, with all of her favorite things!
Say Please and Thank You, Moo!
Series: Moo Family, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Manners & Etiquette, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
Moo wants help, but doesn't know how to ask. Read along as Moo demands help, then learns to say "Please" and "Thank you" instead!
It's Bedtime, Moo!
Series: Moo Family, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 110. Language: American English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Health & Daily Living / Daily Activities, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
It's time for Moo to go to bed, but Moo has things to do! Read along as Moo gets ready for bed in this first Moo Family book by Jean Hopkins.
Personality Runes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Fortune telling
A guide for using the 25 Elder Futhark runes (including Wyrd) to divine the personalities of those in your life.