Author Alison Karlene Hodgins

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I’m a Canadian travel writer, freelance journalist, editor and blogger from Grande Prairie, Alberta. I’m currently seeking representation for my debut memoir, Backbone.

A bit about Backbone:

When Alison Karlene Hodgins broke her back snowboarding in France at 20 years old, she thought it was the worst day of her life. Three weeks after returning home from a six-month backpacking trip through Europe, now nearly paralyzed, her healthy, 55-year-old father was killed in a workplace accident. After fracturing her physical backbone, she lost the backbone of her family.

In this coming-of-age memoir, Hodgins draws on her experiences growing up in a northern community, escaping on solo backpacking trips, struggling through grief, and becoming a full-time travel writer by age 25.

Four international adventures bookend two traumatic events that unravel and redefine her understanding of the world—and herself. Through travels in Australia, Europe, India, and South Korea, Hodgins explores themes of independence, identity, self-love, and privilege.

I built this website as a centralized location to share my awards and scholarships, upcoming events and a little more about me and my memoir. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page. I look forward to getting to know you, too!

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