Today’s Friday Five focus is K.M. Hodge, author of women’s fiction, thriller and suspense, and crime novellas and novels.
K.M. Hodge grew up in Detroit, where she spent most of her free time weaving wild tales to spook her friends and family. These days, she lives in Texas with her husband and two energetic boys, and once again enjoys writing tales of suspense and intrigue that keep her readers up all night. Her stories, which focus on women’s issues, friendship, addiction, regrets and second chances, will stay with you long after you finish them. She also co-writes her Book Cellar Mystery Series with author and good friend Melissa Storm.
In her latest novel, book #1 of the Syndicate-Born Trilogy Red on the Run, agent Bailey and his partner uncover evidence against a major crime ring and is placed in the witness protection program. In what becomes the most dangerous investigation of his career, Alex must ask himself how far he is willing to go to stop the Syndicate and keep his partner safe?
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1. What was your attitude towards reading when you were a kid?
I was slow to get into reading. It took me a long time to learn how to read and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It wasn’t until I was nine on a road trip from Ohio to Maine that I discovered the joy of reading. After that I couldn’t stop.
2. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? How do you deal with this?
I have a hard time writing action sequences. I have been working on making them more present. Editors are paramount for helping writers to over come whatever challenges they might be working on.
3. What are three things on your bucket list?
1) Go to Ireland
2) See my book in a brick and mortar store
3) Get a van. LOL
4. What’s your current writing project and what are your writing plans for the near future?
I am currently working on editing the three books in my Syndicate-Born Trilogy and am outlining book #2 of my Book Cellar Mystery Series. After my two series are finished I will be working on a letter writing novel and a cop serial.
5. What author has influenced your writing style/subject the most and why?
When I was younger I would read Nancy Drew. I then graduated on to Agatha Christie, John Saul and Robin Cook. I would pride myself on solving the mysteries as early as possible. It became almost a game for me. It should come as no surprise then that I chose to write the mystery and suspense genre. I will read almost any kind of genre, but my heart will always remain with my first love of mysteries.
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Red on the Run is currently available on Amazon.