Meraz Hooper, Janelle

Meraz Janelle hooper

Janelle Meraz Hooper is an Anglo-Hispanic writer who was born in Oklahoma; she now lives in Washington State. She is the author of six books: A Three-Turtle Summer, As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries, Custer and His Naked Ladies, Bears in the Hibiscus, Boogie, Boots & Cherry Pie, and Free Pecan Pie and other Chick Stories.

The first three books, her Turtle Trilogy, were written in honor of a warm, close Hispanic family that wasn’t afraid to work hard and never forgot to laugh.

Two of her books were recently chosen to be included in Amazon’s WorldReader project that distributes Kindles loaded with textbooks and other reading materials to underprivileged children in Africa.

Currently, she is working on a fantasy one-man show on Geronimo titled Friending Geronimo.

The Welfare Resort, a literary novella, is completed but not published.

Her awards:

For: A Three-Turtle Summer, 2002, 1st place fiction, Bold Media Award.

For: As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries, 1999, 1st place fiction, Surrey Writing Contest (Canada), it was also a 2004 Oklahoma Book Award finalist.


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