I write southern crime and mysteries where the female protagonist doesn’t always get it right the first time, but she wins in the end.
Another Kind of Hero won first place in the Public Safety Writers Association manuscript contest in 2016 and was a 2018 Silver Falcon finalist.
Another Kind of Hero
When a casket of drugs and money is found inside the Pick’n Pay in Forsyth, GA, it puts sisters Mavis and Helen at odds. Then DEA Agent Dewey Blackmon roars into town. Is I-75 a drug pipeline?
Well of Rage
Carly Redmund, a Mobile, AL, police recruit is about to mess up her first crime scene. She’s found evidence of a murder — but her training officer orders her to hand it over. Then he pockets it.
Well of Rage is dynamite! Fast-paced and action-packed, it probes the depths of racial hatred that still persists.
Jennie Helderman, award-winning author of “As the Sycamore Grows”
Me Too Short Stories, an anthology launched at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City in September 2019, includes my story “Jewel’s Hell.” In the story, two sisters experience abuse as a normal part of life until one sister makes a crucial decision — and there isn’t any turning back.
The forthcoming sequel to Well of Rage shows how race and mental illness within the prison system highlight inequality in dispensing justice.
TAMMY RUGGLES / Readers’ Favorite
Hesse has crafted a well-paced suspense novel [in Well of Rage] … Her experience as a former officer lends to the authenticity.
PIKASHO DEKA / Readers’ Favorite
[Well of Rage] captures both the essence of racism and misogyny as well as the willpower of honest, hard-working people driven by their desire to pursue justice.
[Another Kind of Hero is] just a delightful read with enough intrigue, action and flirtation to keep you turning the pages.