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P.J. Hoover signs deal for YA nonfiction book

P.J. Hoover

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member P.J. Hoover, who just signed a deal for a young-adult nonfiction book about contemporary women working in STEM fields! The deal was brokered by Jacqui Lipton at Raven Quill Literary Agency.

P.J. (Tricia), a former Assistant Regional Advisor of the Austin chapter, has written numerous chapter books and novels for all age groups (most recently, the YA novel The Hidden Code and the middle-grade novel Homer’s Excellent Adventure), but this is her first foray into the world of nonfiction.

“I’m really excited about the forthcoming publication of my first nonfiction book!” she writes. “It’s coming out from Chicago Review Press, and it’s part of their Women of Power series, featuring women in engineering and programming. I don’t think it has an official title yet 🙂 For those who don’t know this about me, before I started writing, I was an engineer. I worked for Intel and Motorola designing computer chips for things like cell phones and video cameras. I loved my job! One thing that was true when I graduated college that is still true now is that females are not entering STEM fields in any numbers even close to those of men. There are lots of reasons for this, from how they are encouraged and guided early on to how they are treated once in the field. I’m so excited to feature 15 amazing women in engineering and programming that face challenges, defeat the odds, and do great things!”

The book is scheduled for release in 2022.