Michael Hoeye has worked as a farmer, fashion photographer, stagehand and high-school teacher. He and his wife, Martha, live in a stone cottage in Oregon with their cat, Lionel. Hoeye's first novel for children Time Stops For No Mouse, was a worldwide success. He has since written three more books in the Hermux Tantamoq Series.
This biography was last updated on 12/05/2010.
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Michael Hoeye Discusses
How Time Stops For No One Got Written
One beautiful Saturday morning in the summer of 1997 my wife and I decided to
go out for breakfast at Café Lena on Hawthorne Boulevard in our hometown of
Portland, Oregon. On our way walking there we stopped at a garage sale and found
an old game similar to Scrabble.
You pick a set of letter pieces at random and then see what words you can make
When we got to the restaurant we made up a game to play while we drank coffee and waited for our food. The game went like this. After you got your letters, you had one minute to make up the name of an imaginary character and say something about who they were and what they did. I drew the letters that formed the name Hermux Tantamoq. And I immediately saw him as an ordinary, but likable, city mouse who was a watchmaker.
A week later I started writing about Hermux. And started getting a better feeling for who he is and the world he inhabits. I started accumulating bigger and bigger story fragments about him. On a weekend at the Oregon coast, I sat and watched the stormy ocean and wrote about him making a train trip to a small beach town. On a trip to Turkey that year I wrote about his arduous ...
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