Penny Hooper

Biography

From an early age I have been writing, I think it was because my mother would read to me every night as I was a child. I remember writing a story about a girl called Sammy when I was a teenager, but unfortunately the very basic computer I had broke and I lost everything. I don't think I ever got over the loss.

I grew up in a large town called Swindon, in England. I was a shy girl, preferring my own company. I had a bit of a strange upbringing; during Primary School I refused to talk to anyone and had very limited friends, and so my parents decided to send me to a different school than my peers, in the hopes I'd start talking, but I never did. I became the girl who whispered.

Through the whole of my secondary education I struggled through not talking but whispering. I again only had a few friends and preferred to hide away from the scary real world where people laughed at me and questioned what was wrong with my voice.

After school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, other than be normal like everyone else. I had a lve for cars and wanted to be a mehanic but ended up studying computer programming at college. Dad's suggestion. Although I was no longer the girl who whispered, I found my voice again and my confidence grew. Although socialising was difficult.

A few years later I quit college and decided to find out what I wanted to do. I got a part time job at Halfords, my confidence growing more and more, I quit Halfords, travelled to Australia and suddenly I realised something wasn't right. I was constantly unhappy.

When I came back from a very rocky 8 months in Australia, I went back to the doctors and was diagnosed with depression.

Life since then has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Making friends and loosing friends. Having relationships and breaking up. Medications and counselling. And lots of questions; What am I supposed to do with my life? When will I finally be happy? What can I do to fix my depression?

In the end I realised my depression wasn't something I could fix, but something I had to learn to live with, to cope with and to 'train'; myself to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. It was difficult, and still is today.

But one thing that I found helped was reading. Escaping into the world of books. I found myself escaping my boring, depressing and lonely life in books. Harry Potter was my first and probably my biggest obsession. But I have others like Divergent, Hunger Games, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, they all helped me escape the real world.

I wrote my own too, mainly just little fan-fiction stories I'd keep to myself, pretending I was in the world of Harry Potter. Or writing stories where I was someone else in the real world.

Then one day I realised I should turn these stories into books! (Without copywriting someone else's work of course!) So that is where I am now, at the age of 28, still unsure what to do with my life, but at least I am writing and sharing my stories with the real world and not just the fantasy world!

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Well, after I have thought of an idea, I write that idea down, first of all. More often than not, it comes to me when I'm busy and I cannot develop it right away. Either I'll write it down on a notepad, on my phone or I'll create a Word Document straight away and write down exactly what I've got. It can either be just an good idea or a scene.

After I've got past the idea stage I think about what the plot can be, what happens in it? How does it start? How does it end? Does something else happen in the middle?

Then I think about if it's going to be a short story? Will it work as a short story? Or is it better off being a novel? Or is there room for being a series? (Who doesn't like a series?)

Then I start writing, usually characters develop along as I write and I may have to alter a few things along the way.

Sometimes a story can come to me and it's easy and usually good fun to write! Like when I wrote 'It's My Mistake', others are more complex and can take time to develop a plotline and character's backstories, like 'Rose Garden Sanatorium'.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover designs are good fun! I like this question! I actually wrote a blog post about this recently.

I actually do this myself, and I sometimes find myself making random ones just for fun.

First of all, I use Canva.com, if you haven't heard of it, go check it out! It's good fun for Facebook Pages and Twitter banner covers too!

Creating a cover design for my book 'It's My Mistake' was easy, I used everything there was in Canva. The picture used, that's a stock photo from Canva, I just added a bit of colour to it, added my name and added a title in a big eye-catching font. But, nothing too overpowering.

One of the issues I wanted to avoid, was using a real person's face, most romantic-style books seem to have a woman or man or both on the front cover, and although I have used a woman's arms and hands on mine, I didn't want to add a face or anything too 'sexy' as I find these aren't professional enough.

Rose Garden Sanatorium was slightly different mind you, I've spent a few times going back and forth with that one, trying to find the right photo for the cover - going to different websites to look at stock photos, and altering the title to have it eyecatching and professional. I'm now at the stage that I am happy with it! Finally!
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Where to find Penny Hooper online


Books

I Fell in Love with a Psychopath
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 142,720. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When she first moved to the city, Jo met Liam. She had a small crush on him from day one. Finally, one day Liam asks Jo out on a date and she is stupidly nervous and surprised he even likes her! Jo meets Xander in a bar. She keeps bumping into him, sometimes deliberately and she finds herself craving more of him. The problem was, one of them is a psychopath and he now has an obsession with Jo...
It's My Mistake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,520. Language: British English. Published: August 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Alice wants a career change. Her dream job would be to work in a hotel. But after messing up an interview at a well-known hotel chain in London, she wasn't expecting to hold the attention of the Global Business Manager. That interview day would be the day that changed Alice’s life. But is this alluring Global Business Manager as amazing as he seems? And who is that handsome man at the hotel?

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