A former journalist, Christina Hoag has had her laptop searched by Colombian guerrillas, phone tapped in Venezuela, was suspected of drug trafficking in Guyana, hid under a car to evade Guatemalan soldiers, and posed as a nun to get inside a Caracas jail. She has interviewed gang members, bank robbers, thieves and thugs in prisons, shantytowns and slums, not to forget billionaires and presidents, some of whom fall into the previous categories. Now she writes about such characters in her fiction.
Her debut noir crime novel Skin of Tattoos was a finalist for the 2017 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for suspense, while her YA thriller Girl on the Brink was named one of Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2016. She also co-authored Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, which is being used in several universities.
She's a former staff writer for the Miami Herald and Associated Press, and wrote from Latin America for Time, Business Week, New York Times, Financial Times, Times of London, Houston Chronicle and other news outlets.
A native of New Zealand, Christina grew up as an expat around the world. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she has been a creative writing instructor at a maximum-security prison and to at-risk teen girls in South and East Los Angeles. She is a regular speaker at libraries, bookstores, book clubs, conferences, writing groups, and literary readings.
Catch Christina at:
TCK Care, podcast. Christina talks about the meaning of home, belonging & identity when you grow up around the world. Listen here.
Global Cktizens, podcast. Christina talks about her international childhood. Listen here.
Integral Women, podcast. Christina talks about making big leaps to accomplish life goals. Listen here.
Christina writes in the store window of Book Soup, West Hollywood, California
Christina reads her literary essay "Where Are You From?" at the Roar Shack Literary Reading Series in Los Angeles.
Christina reads an excerpt from "Skin of Tattoos" at the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series in Sausalito, California.
Christina talks writing and the inspiration for her novels on the Wine, Women & Writing podcast.
Listen to Christina talking about dating violence & abusive relationships on Girl Boner podcast.