P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, and watching Star Trek.
Her first novel for teens, Solstice, takes place in a Global Warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own.
Her middle grade fantasy novels, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis, chronicle the adventures of a boy who discovers he’s part of two feuding worlds hidden beneath the sea.
You can visit her website at www.pjhoover.com
Today I have the awesome privilege of interviewing Patricia and getting her take on Solstice, Greek mythology, and whether or not there will be a sequel. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my review of her latest novel, and first YA title, Solstice.
Why did you choose to write about the Hades/Persephone myth?
What was your favorite part of Solstice?
I love the part of SOLSTICE where Piper visits Tartarus.
Since the first draft, this has been my favorite. The evil characters are
amazing to write, and coming up with Piper’s reactions to them was just plain
Why did you focus on global warming as the setting of the dystopian aspect of Solstice?
Global Warming is such a hot topic these days (pun intended). So for a dystopic novel, setting it amid a world that could be a true glimpse into our future was a challenging yet rewarding thing to do. Plus there is such controversy about global warming. Some people believe in it with all their heart, and others see shifting of the earth’s climate as just a small part of the billions of years our solar system has been around.
How did you come up with the names of the characters of Solstice, like “Piper” for Persephone and “Shayne” for Hades?
Great question. The ancient Roman goddess who was the
equivalent of Persephone is Proserpina, and from the letters in her name came
Piper. For Hades, he was originally named Hayden. But there were a few other
Hades/Persephone stories out there that used Hayden or Haden as his name. So I
kept the sound of the “ay” and went with Shayne.
Do you think there’s any morals/themes of the story that readers can learn from or that can be applied to real life?
Sure. As a mom, one lesson is that kids need to live their
own lives and make their own choices, even if you don’t always agree. More
globally, the story is about searching for one’s identity and believing in
Will there be a sequel? If so, any hints on what it will be about?
I do have a sequel planned for SOLSTICE. As for hints, for sure the condition of the earth’s climate will be much different. And we’ll find out Piper can’t hide from her responsibilities forever. And for the romance…it’s not all paradise.