Barbara M. Hodges is the author or co/author of 13 works of fiction. She lives on the central coast of California with her husband Jeff and two rescue basset hounds, Heidi and Monty.
Barbara is involved with basset hound rescue and you will find a rescued basset hound in all of her books.
Barbara is the president of her local chapter of Sisters In Crime and a member of Public Safety Writers Association.
When did you first start writing?
I came late to writing. I'd always planned to write, but life kept getting in the way. We moved to the central coast right before I turned 40. Before I'd worked in the field of retail management. When we moved from the San Francisco area I celebrated my 40th birthday and I decided it was time. So I took a course through the mail, wrote my first book, The Blue Flame, an epic fantasy and submitted it to Hardshell Word Factory. The publisher is no longer in business, but it's owner, Mary Wolf is still around. Hardshell accepted, The Blue Flame and my love of writing blossomed from there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Hounded by Death, comes from two of my loves....ghost stories and basset hounds. My husband and I have been owned by basset hounds for the past 26 years. I love everything about them. That led me into basset hound rescue. You will find a basset hound in each of my books.
Spirits talk to Dakota Lee. They have since she was a child. Her early morning run leads to a gruesome discovery. A dead man slumped in his car, and a panicked basset hound pacing beside it. The dead man is Detective Rod Kane. He is startled that Dakota can hear him. Nonetheless, when she asks, What do you need?" His answer is, "Give JB a home and help me find my killer."