From The Ground Up by Jack Hooper
The Life and Times of Jack F. Hooper

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Jack Hooper has been many things in his life: pilot, cowboy, international economist, a college professor who holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley, a farmer, inventor, entrepreneur, husband, father and, presently, inn keeper of the historic Central California home that he and his wife--the love his life, Mona Briand Hooper, saved from demolition and restored to its current beauty. A self-made man who was born into the Great Depression, Jack spent much of his childhood straddling two worlds--agriculture and business--and found a way to incorporate both into the businesses he founded and ran. He came of age to shoulder the weighty responsibility of caring for his younger brother after losing his parents within a year of each other. His unique life story mirrors the title of this biography because Jack truly built every aspect of his success...from the ground up.

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Debra Salonen wrote her first screenplay at age 11 for the television series Flipper. The plot involved the older brother's romantic interest in a young girl, presumably Debra. The story - like Debra's showbiz career - never evolved past the "what if?" stage, but Debra's addiction to writing has never faltered."I've always found a way to incorporate writing into any job I happened to hold at the time...well, except for my stint as a flaxseed counter in college," she said dryly. "Don't ask - it wasn't pretty."As an aide in a preschool, she went from distributing milk and cookies to writing the monthly newsletter. Her stringer work for a local newspaper turned into a full-time position as a feature writer and assistant editor. Salonen says that exposure to human-interest stories fed her writer's soul, laying the groundwork for a wealth of imaginary characters and situations."Modern fiction provides the medium to touch people's lives. If your characters are real, in the sense they face real problems and possess real hopes, wants, needs and flaws, people can identify with them. My stories are about imperfect people who must learn life's lessons, heal old wounds and find inner forgiveness before they can truly love another person. I think these are universal themes most people, men and women, can relate to."Salonen, who lives in the foothills near Yosemite, credits the support of her family with a hand in her success. "My ivory tower is on the second floor of our house. My son recently used an extension ladder to hang a wind-chime outside my window to encourage the creative spirits to stop by for a visit."She also recognizes the value of networking and associating with fellow writers. "The first hurdle you face as a writer is admitting you are one - like any other addiction.""I'm thrilled by the validation publication provides, but I also feel a sense of accomplishment for all those people who have helped me learn my craft and encouraged me to believe in myself. Writing is a team effort directed by life experience, associations, imagination, and spiritual connectedness," Salonen said.Salonen is currently at work on two new projects for the Superromance line. Her Flipper screenplay is on the shelf collecting dust - right where it belongs.
Published April 24, 2012 by Debra Salonen and Jack Hooper. 214 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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