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Christina Hoag

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Christina Hoag was a former journalist for the Miami Herald and the Associated Press who's had her laptop searched by Colombian guerrillas and phone tapped in Venezuela, suspected of drug trafficking in Guyana, hid under a car to evade Guatemalan soldiers, an d posed as a nun to get inside a Caracas jail. She's interviewed gang members, bank robbers, gunmen, 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 novel "Skin of Tattoos," a noir crime novel, was a finalist for the 2017 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Suspense. Her YA thriller "Girl on the Brink" was named Suspense Ma
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Christina Hoag I'm fascinated by subcultures and societies within societies and that's basically what gangs are. I first encountered gangs as a young newspaper repor…moreI'm fascinated by subcultures and societies within societies and that's basically what gangs are. I first encountered gangs as a young newspaper reporter in New Jersey, when I was assigned to write a story about a notorious motorcycle gang delivering Christmas toys to a local hospital. I went to interview them in a small suburban house, very normal-looking apart from the bunch of Harley choppers out front and its rather gloriously hirsute occupants, who insisted they belonged to a “club” not a gang. I was fascinated by them and their lifestyle. Years later, I interviewed gang members deported from Los Angeles to El Salvador, where they had landed like fish out of water because they’d left Salvador as babies and small children during the civil war. Some barely spoke Spanish. That was before gangs spread like a pandemic and really took control of northern Central America. Anyway, their stories resonated with me, and formed the genesis of "Skin of Tattoos," which is about a Salvadoran family who fled one war zone only to arrive in Los Angeles and find themselves in another, which is basically what happened to thousands of refugees.(less)
Christina Hoag I'm really hoping that teens will learn the red flags of such a relationship so they can spot the signs early on and get out of the relationship, not …moreI'm really hoping that teens will learn the red flags of such a relationship so they can spot the signs early on and get out of the relationship, not just as teen relationships but throughout their lives. The longer these relationships continue, the harder they are to get out of and the worse the abuse gets. Teenagers aren't overly wont to listen to adults so my aim was to present a dangerous relationship as a novel so it will seem less like a lesson or advice. Instead, a girl can read this on her own and absorb the story in her own way.(less)
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