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 noir crime novel Skin of Tattoos was a finalist for the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for suspense, while her YA thriller Girl on the Brink was named one of Suspense Magazine’s Best of YA. She also co-authored Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, which is being used in several universities. Her essays and fiction have won prizes from the International Human Rights Arts Festival and the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.
A graduate of Boston University, 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. Early in her career, she won prizes for enterprise reporting and interpretive writing from the New Jersey Press Association.
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. She regularly speaks at libraries, bookstores, book clubs, conferences, and writing groups.
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Christina talks writing fiction, journalism and speaking on Jobs Unfinished podcast.
In the Curiosity with G podcast, Christina talks domestic violence and abusive relationships.
Christina discusses the pros and cons of growing up in seven countries on the People Like Us TCK podcast.
Christina reads her literary essay "Where Are You From?" at the Roar Shack Literary Reading Series in Los Angeles.
Christina writes in the store window of Book Soup, West Hollywood, California.
Christina reads an excerpt from "Skin of Tattoos" at the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series in Sausalito, California.
Christina talks about being a foreign correspondent, travelling around the world and writing novels on The Christian Reeve Podcast.
Christina talks about her writing process on Diva Talk!