If there is a man that closely resembles Dr. Ulf Moeller of Germany in New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag’s next thriller, it won’t be a coincidence. At the USET Foundation’s recent annual auction to raise money for the Olympic equestrian teams, Moeller won the winning bid to “become a character” in Hoag’s next novel.
Moeller, a well-known rider and trainer of young horses, was the successful bidder during the USET Foundation auction, taking home the right to become a Hoag character in a future novel for $13,000. “Dr. Moeller is a fixture on the winner’s lists at the world young horse championships and is affiliated with the Kassleman family of the PSI auction fame. His character is going to be a great addition to my next book,” said award winning writer Tami Hoag. “The auction and the bidding turned out to be very exciting, but the best part is that the entire $13,000 goes to the USET Foundation to help fund our Olympic equestrian teams.”
Hoag is a strong supporter of the USET Foundation because, just like some of the characters in the murder mysteries that she writes, Hoag leads a double life. By day she is a professional Grand Prix dressage rider and by night she is a world famous writer. Her most recent novel, Down The Darkest Road, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, making it the 15th bestseller of her career.
Down The Darkest Road, is the third book in a series based in California in the 1980s and 1990s.The first thriller in the series, Deeper Than The Dead, also featured a character from a USET Foundation auction. “Jane Thomas, the daughter of Peggy and E. Parry Thomas, owners of the famous Olympic dressage mare Brentina, won the USET Foundation auction bid a few years ago and became a character named ‘Jane Thomas’ in Deeper Than The Dead,” Hoag said.
No word yet from Hoag, often considered the Queen of Suspense, on what type of character Dr. Moeller will be in an upcoming novel. For now, Hoag is remaining tight-lipped and keeping her reader’s in suspense. She was willing to spill one small tidbit, however, saying that thanks to a $13,000 donation to the Olympic equestrian teams, she imagines she will keep the literary Dr. Moeller alive and well.
For more information about Tami Hoag, or to see a list of her novels, visit her website at www.tamihoag.com.