Stark County, Ohio
April 5, 1935
The Shepherd Moon:
A Novel of the Future
“H. M. Hoover consistently produces youth science fiction of very high quality,” Thomas P. Dunn said, “finding in SF a congenial and fertile ground for exploring those problems young people may face in less exotic environments: alienation from parents, feelings of isolation, feelings of being trapped or of being an anomalous creature out of sync with the Universe. Often Hoover's young people have special talents and sensitivities unappreciated by the adults around them.”
Helen Mary Hoover, the daughter of teachers, said in the Fifth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators, “My parents were great readers. So were their four children, either by choice or in self-defense. I don't really remember a time when I couldn't read or was not read to. I do recall that the reading texts in school came as a distinct shock. I couldn't believe I was being asked to waste my time with Dick and Jane after reading 'The Relief of Lucknow' in the McGuffey's Fifth in our attic.”
The author attended Mount Union College and the Los Angeles County School of Nursing. She worked at various clerical jobs in New York before beginning to write.
“Writing is a matter of discipline,” Hoover continued in the Fifth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators, “of working at it each day, of thinking about it in the bathtub, or while reading or watching TV— but never when driving or cooking.… Some days it's fun to write; other days it's not.”