Loughborough Alumni


20 Apr 2017

Alumna releases debut novel: A little of Chantelle Rose

Sports Science alumna, Cristina Hodgson is set to release her debut novel, A little of Chantelle Rose, in May 2017.

Cristina initially wrote the text thirteen years ago, but was unable to find a publisher. The idea came to her after being casted as an extra in a British produced gangster film. With the rise of online reading and e-books, Cristina has been provided with new opportunities to release the text with an independent publisher.

Following a re-edit and an update, Cristina will publish her book through Crooked Cat Books, with the release set for 4 May.

The debut novel is based on a young woman living in London who is looking to change her life. In the novel, Chantelle, after becoming an extra in a “seedy crime film” is offered the chance of a lifetime, a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose; she accepts without thinking twice. Little does she know that the role she's been given to play may strip her of everything. Simultaneously, two men seem set on winning her heart, but someone also seems bent on scaring her away. The novel is suitable for young adult readers who enjoy romantic comedies.

Reflecting on the journey to publication, Cristina remarks that being accepted for publication “is without a doubt one of the most magical and incredible moments that any author will feel”.

Cristina graduated with a degree in PE and Sports Science in 1997. She was the Cross Country Team Captain in her second year at Loughborough when the team won the BUSA (BUCS) Championships. Amongst the team was fellow alumna, Paula Radcliffe. Throughout her time at Loughborough and during her sporting career, Cristina reached national and international level as a triathlete. She is the current Spanish National age group Aquathlon champion.

Cristina will be holding an online book launch on 4 May 2017. You can join the Facebook event to find out more, follow Cristina on Twitter and purchase a copy of A little of Chantelle Rose online

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