Tami Hoag

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Tami Hoag
Born Tami Mikkelson
(1959-01-20) January 20, 1959 (age 56)
Cresco, Iowa
Occupation novelist
Language English
Nationality United States
Period 1988–present
Genre contemporary romance, suspense

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.


Hoag was born in Cresco, Iowa and raised in the small town of Harmony, Minnesota.[1] Because her siblings were more than ten years older than she, and there were not a lot of other children nearby, Hoag developed an active imagination, making up stories to entertain herself. In 1977 she married her high school sweetheart, Daniel Hoag, shortly before he finished college. However, she never had the opportunity to go to college herself, as they moved to a town without easy access to higher education. The couple were later divorced.

Before publishing her first novel, Hoag held varying jobs, including a stint as a photographer's assistant, training show horses, working at the circulation desk at a newspaper, and even selling designer bathroom accessories. She 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. [1] 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, and then had lunch with former President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at their home.[2]

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. [3]

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.[4] Hoag is fully recovered from her accident, and has returned to the competition arena. She currently lives in Malibu, California, and Wellington, Florida.


Standalone Novels[edit]

  • McKnight in Shining Armor (1988)
  • Mismatch (1989)
  • Straight from the Heart (1989)
  • Sarah's Sin (1991)
  • Heart of Dixie (1991)
  • Still Waters (1992)
  • Taken By Storm (1992)
  • The Last White Knight (1992)
  • Dark Paradise (1994)
  • Kill the Messenger (2004)

Oak Knoll Series[edit]

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

Elena Estes Series[edit]

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

Kovac/Liska Series[edit]

Deer Lake Series[edit]

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

Doucet Series[edit]

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

Hennessy Series[edit]

  • The Trouble with J.J. (Loveswept #253) (1988), (2009) Reissue
  • Magic (1990)


  • #276 McKnight in Shining Armor (1988), (2009) Reissue
  • #315 Mismatch (1989), (2008) Reissue
  • #351 Straight from the Heart (1989), (2007) Reissue
  • #480 Sarah's Sin (1992)
  • #493 Heart of Dixie (1991), (2008) Reissue
  • #532 Taken by Storm (1992), (2007) Reissue
  • #561 Last White Knight (1992), (2008) Reissue

Quaid Horses Series[edit]

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

The Rainbow Chasers Series[edit]

  • #393 Heart of Gold (1990), (2010) Reissue
  • #405 Keeping Company (1990), (2010) Reissue
  • #417 Reilly's Return (1990), (2010) Reissue
  • Magic (1990)


  1. ^ 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. 


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