Monday, February 25, 2008

Scuba Diving, Female Detective empowered women

Charlie Hudson will be joining us on Writers in the Sky Podcast February 29th, 2008!

Charlotte "Charlie" Hudson, born in Pine Bluff, Ark., and raised in Louisiana, is a 22-year career military veteran and wife, freelance writer and author.

After graduating from Northwestern State University in 1974, she entered the Army through a special program of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) - two years before the first women were commissioned through a test program in selected college Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs.

During her extensive military career Hudson was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. She retired from the Army in 1995 as a lieutenant colonel. She and her husband, Hugh Hudson, recently moved to South Florida where they can enjoy their love of scuba diving.

Hudson has a masters of science in organizational development from East Texas State University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa. She is a charter member of both the National Women's Museum of Art and the Women in the Military Service of America Foundation. Hudson is also a member of the Washington Independent Writers and the VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association.

Hudson's first novel, Orchids in the Snow, was written after she retired from active duty. Her novels, Shades of Murder and Shades of Truth, invite readers to the fictional town of Verde Key, Florida for an intriguing story and a great cast of characters. Her first book-length non-fiction, The Parent’s Guide to Business Travel: Practical Advice and Wisdom for When You Have To Be Away, is an easy reading book for any parent who has ever faced work-related family separations. Her latest novel, Shades of Gold, returns readers to Verde Key for an intricate tale of obsession, greed and plenty of underwater action.

Below is a synopsis from her latest novel Shades of Gold.

It’s a typical Spring in the Florida Keys. An old man takes his boat out at night looking for Indian spirits; a Prop Master for a film studio is preparing for a location shoot; a troubled young man who refuses to believe his wife no longer loves him is determined to get her back.

The word is out that Hollywood is coming to Verde Key to capture local scenery, above and below water. Chief Taylor considers it to be an invasion, the mayor is counting the economic boost and Police Detective Bev Henderson is happy to hear that her friend, Chris Green, has been hired to give scuba lessons to the handsome lead actor and other members of the cast.

Chris’ excitement is tainted when her ex-convict estranged husband appears in town, a new wedding ring in hand. As tension mounts into a bloody encounter, Bev begins to question what seems to be an open and shut case of tragic obsession turned violent. Are three dead people, who apparently have nothing in common, linked to a secret from the 1940s?

Log onto to read Chapter One for free. Shades of Gold can be purchased through, B &N, or ask your favorite bookstore to order it.

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