P. J. Hoover

P. J. Hoover – Editor

Editor, book coach, and book champion. Love sci-fi, fantasy, adventure! Award-winning author of 40+ books. Let's make your book amazing!

Overview

Growing up, I wanted to be a Jedi. After all, who wouldn't want to be able to travel in space, use telekinesis, and do cool mind tricks? But seeing as how that wasn't going to happen, I spent my summers reading SFF books and teaching myself to program in BASIC on my Commodore 64. I loved losing myself in the worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, and Isaac Asimov. And I fell in love with mythology thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton.


In college, I pursued my engineering master’s degree, but I always had a love for storytelling and mysteries of the unknown. Somewhere along the line, I decided I wanted to be an archaeologist, so in addition to engineering, I received a degree in history.


Why did I want to be an archaeologist? Because ancient history is all about stories. I first visited the King Tut treasures back in 1977. They’d stayed hidden for thousands of years, back from the time of myths. We didn't know everything that happened in ancient history, and that piqued my interest. There were stories wrapped up like the mummies tucked away in those tombs. I wanted to unwrap and discover those stories. So, after 15 years as an electrical engineer, I decided to pursue storytelling full-time. I’ve been writing since 2004 and plan to continue forever.


Now I’m the author of over 40 books for kids, teens, and adults. There is no greater joy than sharing my love of storytelling with the world. In addition to writing my own books, I have a passion for helping others. I would love the opportunity to work with you!


Your stories will always be your own. Editing isn’t about me taking everything you love in a story and changing it. But I can help you breathe life into your stories. I can help them become wondrous tales that will resonate with readers long after they put your book down.


I can’t wait to share my love of craft and storytelling with you and help you achieve all your dreams! Now let’s get your stories in the hands of readers!


PRAISE FOR MY EDITORIAL WORK


"For anyone seeking a developmental editor who will genuinely invest in your story and elevate it to new heights, PJ is the go-to professional." —Ernesto G


"Finding the right editor for your book can be a daunting task, but I hit the jackpot with Tricia. She didn't just make edits; she delved deep into the manuscript, enhancing the overall quality." —Farabi S


"PJ is a Rockstar! The communication, attention to detail, and ability to "get" what the core of the story was about was perfect." —David S



PRAISE FOR P.J.'s BOOKS:


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: "An epically hilarious adventure, Snappy, anachronistic humor make this an entertaining, laugh-out-loud adventure. Recommend to fans of Percy Jackson." —SLJ


"Solstice is one red-hot read—it intrigues, sizzles, and satisfies." —Cynthia Leitich Smith, NYT bestselling author


"[P.J.'s] confident deployment of myth is impressive." —Publishers Weekly

Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Fantasy Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Science Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Texas Lone Star List
  • Spirit of Texas Middle School List
  • YALSA BFYA Nominee
  • ABC Best Books for Children pick
  • Tristate Books of Note List
  • Follett First Choice Must-have Title
  • Mackin Compendium Title
  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle Catalog pick

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2008 — Present

I'm the author of over thirty books for people of all ages published through a variety of means (traditional publishing, small press, self publishing, pseudonyms). I am actively involved in the writing community and have taught classes and participated in panels for many organizations across the country. My books have been selected for state lists both in and outside of Texas. For the last eight years, I have also participated as a judge in various writing contests. I have been editing manuscripts since 2008 and am always excited to offer feedback.
A note on my feedback: I won't hold back on my thoughts, as I think honest feedback is very important for writers to grow and learn.

Self-employed

Dec, 2004 — Present

P. J. (Tricia) wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn't work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. started creating worlds of her own. She's the award-winning author of The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who's stuck in middle school. When not writing, P. J. spends time practicing kung fu, fixing things around the house, and solving Rubik's cubes.

Portfolio

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Stormless

Stitle, Nick

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Temple of Valor

Joe Lyon

The exciting adventures continue. Astar has grown to have unbelievable powers he can barely control. As a new terror rises from the depths, he is joined with the magical dagger, reuniting the ... read more
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The Prisoner in the Sky

Colom-Brana, Francisco

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Resontas

De Bord, J. B.

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Creation 1954

Gachich, John

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One February Morning

Gachich, John

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Only Half Human

Nathaniel Wright

High school was hard enough for Lesley Robinson, and that was before she sprouted wings, a tail, and devil horns. She and her witch mother are forced to flee to Misty Hollow, a hidden haven fo... read more
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Lancers of Freedom

George, Daanyel

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The TreeHouse

Errico, Sophia

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Trial by Fire: Trillium Online Book 1

Ziegler, M. M.

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The Fairy Firestone

Rivers, Carolyn

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Once Upon a Princess

Marciniak, Christine

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Calli

Anderson, Jessica Lee

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Emily's Song

Marciniak, Christine

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No More Goddesses

Baccellia, Kim

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Reality Ali

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Uncertain Summer

Anderson, Jessica Lee

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P. J. has 144 reviews

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Georgina J.

Georgina J.

Feb, 2024

Tricia is genuinely wonderful to work with, she gave valuable, honest feedback and made me feel confident in my work. The project was completed on time, and I most defiantly feel like I got good value out of it. I whole heartedly recommend her services to anyone looking for a developmental editor.
P. J. H.
Thank you so much, Georgie! Your story is wonderful, and I can't wait to find out what happens next. I also loved chatting with you! Thank you again for letting me work on this with you!
Robert D.

Robert D.

Feb, 2024

PJ was extremely professional and regularly ahead of schedule deadlines. It was nice to work with someone who evaluated a novel as a novel, not "content/media/product/etc." For me, PJ understood what my novel was going for and made recommendations based on my intended vision. She noted missteps well and encouraged strengths equally.
P. J. H.
Thank you so much for this review, Robert! Your story was so powerful and full of such emotion, and it was a true honor for me to work on it with you! Best of luck with everything in your future!
Marissa S.

Marissa S.

Feb, 2024

Tricia was so fabulous in every way! Her feedback was truly invaluable, she delivered it in a super supportive and constructive way, she was kind, engaged and enthused about my work from the beginning. This is the best thing I ever could’ve done for my manuscript and I can’t imagine a better editor/coach than Tricia! I plan to use her services again and again!!
P. J. H.
Oh, Marissa, thank you so much for this review! It was such a delight working with you on your story. I came to really care about the characters, and I can't wait to see how you revise. Thank you a...
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John C.

John C.

Jan, 2024

As a debut author, I was blessed to have P.J. as my Development Editor. Her in-depth review and assessment of my first two fantasy novels was exactly what I needed and was hoping for. She helped to point out two potential flaws in my storyline that I had inadvertently missed. The old, "can't see the forest for the trees" applies here. She is highly professional, knowledgeable, and an absolute p...
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P. J. H.
John, thank you so much for this lovely review! It was a delight working with you on your story, and your characters had me thinking about them long after I finished. I can't wait to see what happe...
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Kieran M.

Kieran M.

Jan, 2024

PJ was every bit the reflection in the mirror I wanted. I had something but I knew it needed work and she gave me the open, honest feedback to revise my manuscript as was required. I am still in phase one, but will be working again with PJ for a second time (hopefully) to bring this draft to a more reader-friendly novel; no, to an amazing novel! Thanks PJ, it's great working with a true profess...
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P. J. H.
Thank you so much, Kieran! It was a wonderful experience for me to work on your book, and I love how Reedsy can connect us. You are an amazing writer with a wonderful story to tell, and I appreciat...
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