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 1970’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 radio’s Native America Calling on Dec. 29 to discuss his fourth book, Twilight of the Gods.
“I don’t know if you believe in fate, or that someone is born to do something,” Hopkins said, “but there’s never been anything else I’ve ever wanted to do but write.”
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 calendar’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.
“The book was kind of a departure for me, usually I like writing westerns,” Hopkins said. “I had a lot of fun doing it, and I might do more like it.”
For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.