Christina Hoag


Author Christina Hoag is a former journalist who 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.
Christina’s noir 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 for young adults. She also co-authored the nonfiction book, Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, 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.
Christina lives in Los Angeles, where she has taught creative writing at a maximum-security prison and to at-risk teen girls. She is a regular speaker at writing conferences and groups, book clubs and stores, and libraries. For more information, visit
A native of New Zealand, Christina grew up as an expat around the world. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she has taught creative writing at a maximum-security prison and to at-risk teen girls. She is a regular speaker at at writing conferences and organizations, book clubs and stores, and libraries.

Smashwords Interview

How have your experiences and adventures as a journalist influenced and informed your fiction stories?
Being a journalist both helped and hindered me. Journalism is a great background for being a novelist because you know what a story is, you know basically how to write, you make deadlines, and you’re just used to working with language. On the other side, I had to learn to put emotion into my story. As a journalist, you have to be neutral. You always look for balance in your story. You have to have the argument, the counter argument and so on. So when writing a novel I had to get myself untrained from that and be much more emotional in my storytelling. I have to really put my head into the head of the character and tell the story from that point of view rather than the neutral observer. With my first novel, I was 170 pages into it when I looked back at what I had written and thought “God, this looks like a reporter just saying this happened and this happened.” I threw it all out and started again. So it has been a process.
How do you handle rejection?
If someone criticized one of my big stories as a journalist, and people certainly did, it never really hurt that much. But when it’s a story that you actually created, that knife goes right in. I try not to take it too personally and to understand that what appeals to one reader, another reader will hate. I don’t think there is anyone at any stage in their career where the sting of criticism doesn’t smart. You have to leave it and let it go cold until you can more objectively look at what the reader is saying. If at least two people come up with the same observation, it’s probably valid. Then you have to go back to the book and see if you can fix what they are talking about.
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Where to find Christina Hoag online


Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy
Mermaids are real. Native American legends become more than just stories for teenager Juniper Sawfeather in this award winning young adult fantasy trilogy.


Proms and Balls: A Kick Ass Girls of Fire & Ice Collection
Price: Free! Words: 36,150. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
No matter the day, the age, the realm… even a kick ass girl loves an excuse to get dressed up and dance her heart out. From contemporary to paranormal, get ready to read six tales of proms and balls. These girls are looking for a fun night out, but teen drama, demons, and even pirates put a kink in their plans!
Kick Ass Girls of Fire & Ice YA Books
Series: Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy, Bonus Story. Price: Free! Words: 28,160. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2017 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
From fantasy and steampunk, to mystery and thriller, to contemporary social issue and romance, the authors in this book have all written novels that feature strong girls as protagonists. Don’t be afraid to be a kick ass girl. Read on!

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bard    bullying    camp    coming of age    dance    demon    demon hunter    demons    friendship    high school    horror    kiss    lesbian    magic    model    paranormal    pirate    prom    queen    steampunk