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TUBA CITY, Ariz. - When John Christian Hopkins was a young child he would clutch a book when he slept at night, and when he was a student at Chariho High School in the 1970â€™s, he would skip class to read books at the library.
It is apparent now that his long-lasting love of the written word has lead the Hope Valley native and Narragansett Tribal member to a career as a successful novelist. Hopkins will join public radioâ€™s Native America Calling on Dec. 29 to discuss his fourth book, Twilight of the Gods.
â€śI donâ€™t know if you believe in fate, or that someone is born to do something,â€ť Hopkins said, â€śbut thereâ€™s never been anything else Iâ€™ve ever wanted to do but write.â€ť
Native America Calling broadcasts mostly from its website (www.nativeamericacalling.com) and does a monthly Native in the Spotlight segment, highlighting a Native American person worthy of recognition. According to Hopkins, they chose him for the December segment because Twilight of the Gods deals with the Mayan calendarâ€™s prediction of the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012, roughly a year away.
The segment will broadcast on Dec. 29, from 1 - 2 p.m.
Twilight of the Gods was released as an e-book on Nov. 11, and was the first release of a new publishing company called Blue Hand Books. Hopkins said the book could potentially be categorized as a mythical murder mystery.
â€śThe book was kind of a departure for me, usually I like writing westerns,â€ť Hopkins said. â€śI had a lot of fun doing it, and I might do more like it.â€ť
For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.