J. E. Hopkins


J. E. Hopkins is the author of the fantasy thrillers The Scarlet Crane and The Saffron Falcon (due October 2013).

Born on the leading edge of the baby boom, he entered and won an elementary school contest with an article on Wilkie Collin's The Moonstone. The article was published in the local county newspaper and was his last publication for more than fifty years, until The Scarlet Crane in 2012.

Which is not to say that the intervening years were a complete waste--his career taught him toilet paper design, software development, educational technologies for assessing student learning, and bumblebee energetics.

A life-long voracious reader, his writing influences include Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. And John Connolly, Greg Bear, and Rosa Montero. And...
Some might say that he's easily influenced.

It may have taken a few decades, but he's finally living his dream of writing full-time. He and his wife live near Cincinnati with two demon cats, Carbon and Boron.

Where to find J. E. Hopkins online

Where to buy in print


The Frozen Escape - A Short Story of Transition Magic
Price: Free! Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Transition. The one-month period during early puberty when all children have the power to perform magic. But with a monstrous catch. The magic must be unique or the child dies. Only a desperate few take the risk. Almost all who do, perish. Despite the danger, Anya Terasova uses magic to escape a cruel mother and life on the frozen streets of Moscow.
The Saffron Falcon
Series: Transition, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,050. Language: American English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Saffron Falcon, 2nd volume in the Transition Magic series, tells the story of Transition magic, when all children have the power to perform magic for one month as they enter puberty. The magic must be unique and the child’s sincere desire, or they die. A second century-codex that grants unrestrained magic is unearthed, precipitating a bloody international pursuit to protect the US.
The Scarlet Crane
Series: Transition, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 90,640. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Transition. When all children have the power to perform magic for one lunar month as they enter puberty. But there is a monstrous catch. The magic must be the child’s true desire and something never done before. Or they die. A rogue Chinese program seeks to circumvent transition's deadly restrictions and exploit magic for geopolitical domination.

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