Jnana Hodson

Biography

Each of my books is unique, rooted in personal experience. You'll find no cookie-cutter formula of the commercial genres but rather a playful curiosity and lively language where the characters and action rove freely. Even when we revisit the same scene, as we do in "Hippie Drum" and "Hippie Love," each book has its own voice and style.
In these pages, we can't avoid confronting rapidly changing social realities and continuing struggles.
As a romance, "Promise" plunges into the commitment of relationship, marriage, and demanding career as one couple moves to their anticipated paradise -- the Pacific Northwest -- and finds everything's wilder than they could have imagined.
As a tale of community, "Hometown News" discloses the behind-the-news upheaval of reporters and editors trying to empower their locality in the face of global economic forces, even before the Internet kicks in.
My Hippie Trails series reflects the reality that hippies came (and still come) in many varieties and degrees, contrary to the stereotypes. Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll were all there, of course, along with the political protests, but at heart the movement was more about personal exploration and discovery while growing through a turbulent time. From "Daffodil Sunrise," with its emerging political activism on a rural college campus, to the quest for sweet relationship in "Hippie Drum" and "Hippie Love," to the surreal flights through the metropolitan underbelly in "Subway Hitchhikers," to the individual demons and blissful heights within the farmhouse a circle of yogis calls "Ashram," it's an illuminating journey.
These are pages of living history and everyday characters. I expect you'll fit right in.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
There's a cliche that every newspaper journalist secretly hopes to write a book -- typically a novel. I'm not convinced that's actually true, but in my four decades as a newspaper editor, I did see a few who undertook the challenge, plus a couple of playwrights.
Unlike many of them, I didn't wait till retirement to dig in, as "Promise" and my Hippie Trails novels attest.
As I looked around the newsroom, though, I observed a unique phenomenon unfolding. It was a microcosm of what was happening across America as small enterprises from the local bank or the pharmacy on the corner were bought out by large corporations and local business leaders were reduced to cogs in an anonymous web. Newspapers were not exempt, even as many two-paper towns were reduced to one. Even before the Internet, a crisis was brewing.
Unlike the typical newspaper novel, "Hometown News" is about the conflict occurring inside the offices of the local paper rather than any crusade against corruption outside the building. I like to think of the developments as Dilbert on Speed, and while some of the details get pretty surreal, the ultimate reality is one we face everywhere in our quest for community. The newspaper has traditionally been its voice -- but what's coming next? How do we work together?
How did you start writing?
I credit my sophomore-year high school English teacher who relentlessly but patiently drilled us in grammar and diagramming. She opened my eyes to the inner workings of language and its beauties. She was also the one who encouraged me to try my hand at a journalism course the next year.
Over the summer I taught myself to type on a large, old-fashioned Underwood and then went playfully about other possibilities -- all lower-case, for instance, or wild misspellings, some of them leading to very bad puns or just out-and-out fun.
It wasn't long before correspondence, too, became a great writing teacher, as I see now.
That was so long ago! Before that, I should note, I was pretty much a science and history guy who also had a knack for art.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jnana Hodson online


Books

Hometown News
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 78,170. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Historical » USA
The local newspaper has been central to the identity and life of American cities large and small, but few readers know what goes on inside its newsroom. Hometown News takes you behind the scenes as a new generation brings vision to a mid-American industrial city. But more and more, this hardworking team battles the bottom line more than the deadlines. Who will win in the end?
Blue Rock
Price: Free! Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After appearing widely as selections in literary magazines around the world, the 80 love poems in this series now stand for the first time complete. Just listen and sway to their blues and rock. Perhaps even admire their diamond. It's passion, after all, and sometimes betrayal. Frequently, they play out in two voices in different keys that ignite in the rocky night or distill in the blue morning.
Promise
Series: Northwest Passion. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,540. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When Jaya arrives in small-town America after living in a rustic yoga ashram, she hopes to jump start her career and move on. The only complication is Erik, a young waiter in the corner restaurant. As they discover in the cyclone that follows, living out a dream includes nightmares as well, even when they resettle in their own Promised Land of apples and snowy volcanoes.
Subway Hitchhikers
Series: Hippie Trails, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,880. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
As he enters the ranks of subway hitchhikers in their wild journeys throughout the big city, one Midwestern youth's quest for his innate identity and purpose culminates in colorful encounters and liberating perspectives, even as he lives on a mountaintop farm hours away. It's a Mixmaster trip of ideas, images, jokes, philosophy, and playful nonsense – a novel unlike any other.
Daffodil Sunrise
Series: Hippie Trails. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 77,020. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
Even with its traditional pranks and rituals, a picture-postcard university is no match for the eruption that rocks the campus when hippie-infused anti-war protests, marijuana highs, and sexual liberation hit Daffodil, Indiana. One small dormitory becomes an epicenter of upheaval, and its seemingly sophomoric episodes run all the way to the state capitol. Nobody remains untouched.
Ashram
Series: Hippie Trails. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,110. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
During the hippie years, many daring souls moved to spiritual hermitages called an ashram to live with a guru. Here's the story of one renegade mountain farm where eight residents discover their quest for transcendence and enlightenment has everything to do with baking bread and mixing cement, plus headstands. As for the guru, she's both earthy and demanding. It's Om, Sweet Om, in the end.
Hippie Love
Series: Hippie Trails. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,970. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A single word voiced or a simple gesture exchanged sometimes makes a whale of a difference in what follows. Humorous and sexually explicit, this recasting of Hippie Drum investigates what happens when "almost" instead becomes "yes." As a heartbroken hippie-boy discovers on the road to recovery, each new lover becomes a unique and often surprising encounter.
Hippie Drum
Series: Hippie Trails. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,600. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Alternative history
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Long hair, marijuana, and draft resistance aren't the only ways to identify a hippie. As DL learns when he accepts Nita's invitation to lodge in a ramshackle farm shared by a dozen other free spirits, the Revolution of Peace and Love is a testing ground for youthful dreaming and promise. It runs, especially, through ongoing introductions and friendships.

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