Release Date: October 1, 2019
Hopey chronicles the story of a courageous girl in a '70s Southern Indiana commune, complete with flowers for dinner, a ball of acid in the freezer, and orgies on the living room floor. The chaos of her formative years, which are littered with violent episodes, periods of hunger and assaults, leads Hope to set off on her own at the age of fifteen.
Written as intense past moments, reflective chapters, and flash-forwards, these three voices come together to transcend time and connect the past and the present. Honest and raw, with no request for empathy or complaint, the book is a celebration of the human spirit and an exhilarating read. Hopey is a reminder that we can love, we can believe, and we, too, can be successful beyond all expectations—if we only dare to hope.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Re-write and editing. The first draft moves it out of your brain onto paper, then the real work begins. I sometimes wonder to myself how many times I have re-read the material and continued to fix it each time. Then other times I read it and think ‘no way I wrote that, it is horrible nonsense!’.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Most frequently played bands: Audioslave and Godsmack. However, I am enjoying the summer country station.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes and I would die without them. Three years ago I joined a writers and critique group of women around the globe, they are astonishing and have improved my writing immeasurably.
What book are you reading now?
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
How did you start your writing career?
I was in working at a small firm and had loads of extra time. I joined multiple non-for-profit boards and was doing tons of volunteering, and still found myself with time. I wrote my first draft of my debut novel. The opening scene had played in the back of my mind for years, I knew if I wrote a book it would be the opening scene.
Tell us about your next release.
Hopey, from commune to corner office. Pre-sales start 8/22/19 and launch is October 1st. It is my debut novel, an inspirational memoir, it follows a tumultuous childhood with glimpses of my future success.
About the Author
Hope Mueller is an author, inspirational speaker, executive, and active non-for-profit volunteer. A results-driven leader and change agent, Hope is passionate about career development and community service, among others. Her early years were marked by the experiences on a hippie commune. Hope’s unique childhood shaped her approach and interaction with the world, with a gift of creating order out of chaos and turning vision into reality. She lives with her husband in northern Illinois and actively parents her four daughters through the phases of their lives.
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