#BLTBF – Meet Janie Hopwood

BLT-logo#BLTBF – Meet Janie Hopwood

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Fifth up is Janie Hopwood.

Me:   Hi Janie. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Me:   What genres do you enjoy writing in?
Janie: I like to write poetry, Historical fiction, fiction, and children’s stories.

Me:   Can you tell us a little about your books?
Janie:  First book, Beck House, began as a non-fiction group of stories concerning my Grandmother’s boarding house.  At the time, I had three relatives that had either lived in the house or eaten there on a regular basis.  As I questioned them, I realized I was getting three versions of the same story so I decided to make the book fiction and add stories, include stories that did not occur in the Beck House. Beck House is a collection of short stories.  One of the stories concerned a young boy abandoned by his parents.  The first part of this story is true according to tapes in which my Aunt Sybil talks about the boy; how he came to live with them and why he left.  She mentions that he had visited Rena as a man but nothing more.  I fell in love with this courageous lad and decided to invent him a life history.  The Forever Child is about surviving in spite of and sometimes because of what life throws at you.

Me:   What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?
Janie:   I have no idea.  Someone told me that I needed to get Beck House published and I did.

Me:   What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?
Janie:   I want to write a mystery novel, I have one started but have bogged down, and have an idea for another more contemporary story.

Me:   If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
Janie:   Pat Conroy, my two favorite books are Beach Music and To Kill  a Mockingbird.  Love Conroy”s ability to tell seven stories in one book and to keep it all together.

Me:   For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here. 😀 Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
My question to you is, who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?
Janie:   The wizard.  He took an awful situation, turned it into a great situation and still knew when to leave.

Me:   Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

Tinman – Heart
Lion – Bravery
Scarecrow – Brains
Dorothy – Dreamer
Janie:   I like Dorothy for not only her dreaming but her courage, brains, and heart.

Me: Thanks bunches, Janie!



Janie Hopwood was born in Americus Georgia in 1943.  The family moved to Macon Georgia shortly thereafter and Mrs. Hopwood attended the public schools of Macon, graduating with honors in 1961.  She attended Georgia Southern College majoring in physical education and health.  Upon graduation from college, Mrs. Hopwood was offered a graduate assistants position while she worked on her MST degree.  Once the degree was finished, she accepted a teaching and coaching position in the Dekalb County School system where she taught physical education and coached girls basketball and tennis.  After one year, she was offered a teaching position with Georgia Southern and taught there for two years after which, she married and moved to Monroe Georgia.  She also taught in Waycross Georgia where both of her daughters were born, and Lawrenceville Georgia.  After a divorce she moved her family to Tifton Georgia.  Here she met and married Jerry Hopwood.  She retired from teaching in 1997 and currently spends her time writing, working in the community and spending time with husband, children, and grandchildren. Mrs. Hopwood published her first novel Beck House in 2009.  Followed by an offshoot novel The Forever Child in 2014.


Thanks for stopping by everyone. Please visit the Books Love & Taters Book Festival website. AND if you are in the Ocilla, Georgia area, stop by October 31st. You’ll find all of us at the “MEET THE AUTHORS” booth.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!

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