About Janelle

The one-man show I wrote for Rudy Ramos is still on tour!

Latest bookings:
February 15th, Whitefire Theatre, Sherman Oaks, CA (Solo Fest)
Santa Monica Playhouse, April 6&7
Muskogee, Oklahoma, April 19th
April 20, Muskogee, Oklahoma: Rudy is going to be inducted into the Oklahoma Film Hall of Fame!
August 2018, Kanab, Utah, Western Legends Roundup, Rudy will do two return shows (info to follow) in August 2018

Rudy’s shows in Kanab were a fabulous success and we got to meet many of his fans. He’s also filming four episodes of Yellowstone, a Kevin Costner series on Paramount Channel.

Meanwhile, I’ll be finishing up my NA* (New Adult) novel, A One-Way Cruise to Africa. It’s almost finished except for a few details and the cover. *New Adult is the genre that comes after YA (Young Adult). I’m an indie-writer, so I suppose it’ll be out on Kindle. Update: Cruise is now in final edits. 

What’s next: Another project on Geronimo. I’m keeping the title a secret for now.

My WordPress site has over 2, 342 subscribers. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Janelle

The author with one of her readers

Note: My email in some places on the Internet and also on the backs of my books is outdated. Please use this site or Facebook to leave me a message or contact me directly: JanelleMHooper@comcast.net/


I’m an indie-writer who writes in several genres: novels, romances, and plays. Although most of my work is in literary genre, I use my blog for fun. You never know what you’ll find here: everything from children’s stories to political rants.
It’s no accident that many of my pieces have a Southwest flavor. I grew up close to where the Indian reservations are and my writing is colored with my experiences growing up so close to Native American cultures. A lot of my books and short stories reflect this environment. I call them modern-day cowboy and Indian stories. Whether the book or story is Western or contemporary, it is character-driven. I don’t do terror, bombs, or vampires. Also, you’ll notice I’m not a formula writer; I write each story in the style that’s best for that particular story, so each one is different. It’s one of the perks of being an indie writer! Most of my awards are listed at the bottom of this page.

My books are character-driven, with no F-words, vampires, or zombies. I promise! That’s not to say they are totally-free of romance. I just left out the kind of sex that makes you cringe! Most are available in paperback (most easily found on Amazon) and all are available on Kindle. My A Three-Turtle Summer novel is suitable for adults only (it’s one of my best-sellers and deals with divorce), but the others are suitable for all ages.

I love to read; what I love about writing is that I can explore my interests in marine biology, anthropology, and archaeology and call it research. Then, I can weave bits of the science and history into my stories and call it work! I call the whole process my Briar Patch, and I think Uncle Remus would approve.

I’m honored that WorldReader, Books for All!, a literacy project sponsored by Amazon, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, and others, has chosen some of my books to be a part of their project to provide electronic devices to children in poorer countries. It really tickles me to think about one of my books about Native Americans being read by a child in Africa! India! Or China!

Although I was born and raised in Oklahoma, I now live in Washington State with my husband.

Review news!
I have a new review for my novella, The Slum Resort, on Amazon! Check it out!  The Slum Resort was an honorable mention in the 2013 Great Northwest Book Festival this year. It’s a good read, I promise! See the Slum Resort on Amazon

More info about my Geronimo show: My one-man show starring Rudy Ramos: Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, based upon Geronimo’s life after he was sent to the reservation, was a hit at the High Chaparral Reunion in Tucson on March 22, 2014. It’s all over the Internet that Rudy (Wind on the High Chaparral TV series) got a standing ovation. There have been many shows since then, mostly in the Southwest and Los Angeles area. (Add  Albuquerque and Ft. Worth to the list of shows).   Rudy Ramos is on Facebook or visit him on www.GeronimoLifeOnTheReservation.com/ The show is entertaining and educational. It shows a different side of the great Apache warrior focusing on his life on the reservation after his surrender. Don’t miss it if it comes near you!

Contact me:
email: JanelleMHooper@comcast.net
website: www.JanelleMerazHooper.com
Facebook: Janelle Meraz Hooper
Twitter: @JanelleMHooper
Pinterest: Janelle Meraz Hooper- My Pinterest boards are a cache for info on my books, short stories, and blog posts. I also store a lot of my research (in photos) on the Old West ad Native Americans there. It’s always changing, check it out!


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

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

For: The Slum Resort
2013 Great Northwest Book Festival, honorable mention

For: There’s a Mouse in the House!
2013 1st. place (City Animals category) Animals! Animals! Animals! Book Festival

For: Boogie, Boots, & Cherry Pie, 2014 Animals, Animals, Animals! Book contest, Wild Card Division, honorable mention.

I’m an indie-writer, but I keep busy!