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Tami Hoag (born Tami Mikkelson on January 20, 1959) is an American novelist, best known for her work in the romance and thriller genres. More than 22 million copies of her books are in print.

Tami Hoag
BornTami Mikkelson
(1959-01-20) January 20, 1959 (age 60)
Cresco, Iowa
NationalityUnited States
Genrecontemporary romance, suspense


Hoag was born in Cresco, Iowa and raised in the small town of Harmony, Minnesota, where her father sold insurance.[1][2] From childhood, she knew she wanted to be a writer. "I had to spend a lot of time entertaining myself," she told an interviewer in 2016. "I found books at a really young age and fell in love with books."[3]

Hoag's first job after graduating from high school was in the La Crosse Tribune circulation department.[3] Before publishing her first novel, she also worked as a photographer's assistant, trained show horses, and sold designer bathroom accessories. She married and divorced Daniel Hoag, whom she dated in high school.[1]

Hoag began her career as an author in 1988, writing category romances for the Bantam Books Loveswept Line. After several years of success in that field, Hoag switched her focus to single-title suspense novels. She has had thirteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including five in a 20-month span.[4] Her novel Night Sins became a TV miniseries starring Valerie Bertinelli and Harry Hamlin. Hoag has been invited to do a reading at one of Barbara Bush's literacy functions.[4]

Hoag and three other authors who made the leap from romance to thrillers at roughly the same time (Eileen Dreyer, Elizabeth Grayson, and Kimberly Cates) have formed a group they call the Divas. The group provides support and encouragement for each other, and Hoag often thanks them in the acknowledgement section of her books.[5]

Hoag owns horses, and often goes for a ride to combat writer's block. She has competed in dressage at a national level, but stopped competing after breaking five vertebrae in her back during a fall while trying out a horse for a friend.[6] Hoag is fully recovered from her accident, and has returned to the competition arena. She currently lives in Malibu, California, and Wellington, Florida.[7]


Standalone novelsEdit

  • McKnight in Shining Armor (1988, Loveswept #276), (2009) Reissue
  • Mismatch (1989, Loveswept #315), (2008) Reissue
  • Sarah's Sin (1991, Loveswept #480)
  • Heart of Dixie (1991, Loveswept #493), (2008) Reissue
  • Taken by Storm (1992, Loveswept #532), (2007) Reissue
  • Still Waters (1992, Bantam Fanfare)
  • The Last White Knight (1992, Loveswept #561)
  • Dark Paradise (1994, Bantam Books)
  • Kill the Messenger (2004, Bantam Books)

Oak Knoll seriesEdit

  • Deeper than the Dead (2009)
  • Secrets to the Grave (2010)
  • Down the Darkest Road (2011)

Elena Estes seriesEdit

  • Dark Horse (2002)
  • The Alibi Man (2007)

Kovac & Liska seriesEdit

  • Ashes to Ashes (1999)
  • Dust to Dust (2000)
  • Prior Bad Acts (2006) also known as Dead Sky
  • The 1st Victim (2014, an e-book short story)
  • The 9th Girl (2013)
  • Cold Cold Heart (2015, Dutton)
  • The Bitter Season (2016)

Deer Lake seriesEdit

  • Night Sins (1995)
  • Guilty as Sin (1996)

Doucet seriesEdit

  • The Restless Heart (1991, Loveswept #458), (2007) Reissue
  • Lucky's Lady (1992)
  • Cry Wolf (1993)
  • A Thin Dark Line (1997)
  • The Boy (2018)

Hennessy seriesEdit

  • The Trouble with J.J. (1988, Loveswept #253), (2009) Reissue
  • Magic (1990, Bantam Fanfare, also in The Rainbow Chasers series)

Lynn ShawEdit

  • Straight from the Heart (1989, Loveswept #351), (2007) Reissue
  • Last White Knight (1992, Loveswept #561), (2008) Reissue

Quaid Horses seriesEdit

  • Rumor Has It (1989, Loveswept #304), (2009) Reissue
  • Man of Her Dreams (1989, Loveswept #331) (2008) Reissue
  • Tempestuous (1990, Loveswept #434), (2007) Reissue

The Rainbow Chasers seriesEdit

  • Heart of Gold (1990, Loveswept #393), (2010) Reissue
  • Keeping Company (1990, Loveswept #405), (2010) Reissue
  • Reilly's Return (1990, Loveswept #417), (2010) Reissue
  • Magic (1990, Bantam Fanfare, also in the Hennessy series)


  1. ^ a b Lynn, Allison (February 24, 1997). "Making Crime Pay". People.
  2. ^ Fosdick, Carol (2004). Rochester Sesquicentennial Authors: catalog of authors, past and present, with Rochester Connections. Rochester, Minnesota: Author Recognition Committee for Rochester's Sesquicentennial. p. 19.
  3. ^ a b Stolle, Matthew (January 11, 2016). "'I can't imagine not writing'". Post Bulletin. Rochester, Minnesota. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Interview - Tami Hoag". Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Random House Books". Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Orion Publishing Group". Orion Publishing Group. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  7. ^ Fontaine, Janis (January 10, 2012). "The multi-tasking life of Tami Hoag". Palm Beach Post. Wellington, Florida. Retrieved January 18, 2016.


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