TITLE: Hopey: From Commune to Corner Office
AUTHOR: Hope Mueller
PUBLISHER: Inspire Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION: October 1, 2019
RETAIL PRICE: $24.99 US (Hardcover), $19.99 (Paperback), $9.99 (e-book)
ISBN-13: 978-1-950685-05-9, 978-1-950685-04-2, 978-1-950685-06-6
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Hopey: From Commune to Corner Office
A gripping memoir written in intense past moments, reflective chapters, and flash-forwards, Hopey chronicles the story of a courageous girl in a '70s Southern Indiana commune, complete with flowers for dinner, a ball of acid in the freezer, and orgies on the living room floor. An exhilarating read and captivating celebration of the human spirit!
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Hopey: From Commune to Corner Office
Hopey chronicles the story of a courageous girl in a '70s Southern Indiana commune, complete with flowers for dinner, a ball of acid in the freezer, and orgies on the living room floor. The chaos of her formative years, which are littered with violent episodes, periods of hunger and assaults, leads Hope to set off on her own at the age of fifteen.
Written as intense past moments, reflective chapters, and flash-forwards, these three voices come together to transcend time and connect the past and the present. Honest and raw, with no request for empathy or complaint, the book is a celebration of the human spirit and an exhilarating read. Hopey is a reminder that we can love, we can believe, and we, too, can be successful beyond all expectations—if we only dare to hope.
“Page turner! From the very first page, I had trouble putting it down and would stay up way too late reading it. The writing, content, and storytelling style is captivating.” ~Jennifer Hottell
“I did not stop reading it until I read the last word. It was so honest and brave. I grieved for her little girl self and I cheered for her as she fought to find her way. Such a story of courage, unconditional love and insight.” ~Audra Coleman
Connect with hope
You may connect with Hope here:
Hope Mueller is an author, inspiring speaker, and a successful executive. Hope lives in northern Illinois with her husband and actively parents her four daughters and grandson. She is a busy executive, sits on multiple non-for-profit boards, and has launched a local scholarship fund. She is the chairman and president of a charitable organization being developed in 2019. Hope’s passions are found in promoting and developing leaders, youth STEM activities, and in-need community support and investment. Her early years were marked by her experiences within a hippie commune that shaped her approach and interaction with the world, and allows her to create order out of chaos.
Hope is a results-driven leader and six sigma black-belt who enjoys heading organizations, improving system performance, and launching efficient programs. She provides value through the construction, training and mentorship of highly productive teams. She is a change agent with excellent strategic vision, tactical execution, communication, and organizational capabilities. Hope partners to motivate teams and colleagues with a positive approach, investing in people and exceeding company goals. She has the rare ability to turn vision into reality.
Hope has a number of technical publishing credits on a national level, is an international speaker, and she authors business articles focusing on career development and positive managing up techniques. Hope’s debut inspirational memoir is due out in September 2019.
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Sample Interview Questions
Your book takes us through your early life and leads up to your career. Can you take us back to some of the stories you shared about life on the commune?
Can you talk about some of the lessons you have taken from your early life experiences that you've been able to apply in business?
What are some things you had to learn the hard way?
What is the most significant reason you wrote this book? What do you hope people will gain from reading it? (3 key messages?)
You left the commune to start your own life when you were 15. What do you wish that 15-year old 'you' would have known then? What do you want other 15-year old girls to know?
Where do you see yourself in your career in the next 5 years?
In your book you say “Every childhood shapes a child. Mine was tumultuous, but here I am, standing strong and grateful.” How has your experience shaped your parenting?
What advice do you have for someone who has lived through chaos, confusion, and doesn't know how to get their bearings in life?
Tell us about your scholarship and some of the NPO boards you sit on -
Tell us about your passions for equality/rights/activism.