Publisher: Hunter Street Press
If you thought Hopey: From Commune to Corner Office was compelling, then Counting Hope will further inspire and challenge you.
In her memoir sequel, we follow Hope Mueller's journey into adulthood as she unwittingly recreates the dark, chaotic world she was attempting to escape. As Hope finishes college, she digs herself out of drug addiction and abusive relationships to ensure her survival. She charges forward to build a better life for herself and her two daughters. Hope reveals the most intimate and painful events of her life while illustrating an unwavering motivation to improve her circumstances and discover her true worth.
Ultimately, Hope's story shows how small, daily steps towards confidence propel us forward, even beyond our darkest hours, to a place of more joy, more purpose, more fulfillment. Written in heart-pounding flashbacks and encouraging looks forward, Counting Hope is an epic journey of liberation, empowerment, and eventual success.
What was your main drive to write this book?
Even after writing a second book I am still working on this answer. Is it okay to say I was compelled? Something within me needed to write, to write this, to write my story. If I help one person know their worth, if one person can understand they can make it out, then I have succeeded.
What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?
Each reader will take what they need from the book. If they need to learn they can make their way out of an abusive relationship or addiction those lessons are there for them. If they need to learn about finding success at work, or confidence, or an ability to love themselves, they can learn those things. I would be thankful if readers felt loved, inspired, and know that no matter their circumstances they are amazing and are to be celebrated.
Did you do much research when planning this book?
A little. Names, places, distances, and times.
Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?
Too many to list, but I would be remiss if I did not thank my husband Brad for his unyielding support. My daughters Ashlei and Olivia for letting me tell their stories too. Tiffany and Beth my marketing and publishing partners. The list to too long. Writing a book is a journey and there are so many people who help you along the way.
How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish?
10 months! This was Tiffany and Beth's urging to get it written and published within months of the first book being published. It was supposed to be 7 months but the rest of my life, work and school delayed my original launch date. It is interesting to launch during COVID all of the parameters have changed in a short period.
Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics?
This topic is over. I do have two other Works-In-Progress a biography and a spy thriller, neither of which are top of my priority pile, but I will dabble with the writing over time. I do believe there career book for women in my future as well.
About the Author
Hope Mueller is an author, inspirational speaker, and a successful executive. Hope lives in northern Illinois with her husband and actively parents her four daughters and grandson. She sits on multiple non-for-profit boards, and has launched a local scholarship fund. She is the chairman and president of a charitable organization being developed in 2019. Hope's passions are found in promoting and developing leaders, youth STEM activities, and in-need community support and investment. Her early years were marked by her experiences within a hippie commune that shaped her approach and interaction with the world, and allows her to create order out of chaos.